Are you looking for a family law firm that connects with you?

At QFLP we understand that the legal system can be an intimidating place to be. No-one ever really wants to be involved in legal proceedings let alone proceedings where you are fighting for everything that is valuable to you. That is why the most important tool you can have in your back pocket is your lawyer.

As in all professions, it is true to say that you can get lawyers, and then you can get better lawyers. A good lawyer will be able to negotiate when you need to negotiate, argue when you need to argue, and most importantly understand what you are going through. Your lawyer needs to be able to connect with you, not just communicate with you. It is not a lawyer’s role to judge your story by the chapter they walk into.

Tracey McMillan - QFLP

In saying that all people at Queensland Family Law Practice are selected for their ability not just to communicate but to connect with clients.

Please feel free to read about our people who will help you. They have all tried to give you a little insight into what is important to them so that you can best select the family lawyer team that is right for you.

Our Team

We are here for you

Tracey McMillan-Family Lawyer

Tracey McMillan

CEO

Tracey McMillan is the Chief Executive Officer of Forge Legal and one of only 15 accredited lawyers in Australia to be parental co-ordinators.

She became a barrister in 2001, practising predominantly in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law.

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John Clowes

John Clowes

COO

John’s passion is ensuring that Forge achieves its mission, vision, and goals. As Tracey is the visionary of the company, John’s duty is analogous to building and maintaining the road to that vision.

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Hayley Kennedy

Hayley Kennedy

Senior Lawyer

A senior solicitor with Forge Legal, Hayley is an intelligent professional with a strategic approach to administering the law.

With a strong background in delivering expert legal advice, Hayley practices in the expansive areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates, also providing advice in many areas of Property Law, Civil Disputes and Criminal Law.

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Chris Colwill

Chris Colwill

Senior Lawyer

A Senior Lawyer at Forge Legal, Chris Colwill has helped clients achieve social justice for over 25 years.

A Senior Lawyer at Forge Legal, Chris Colwill has helped clients achieve social justice for over 25 years. Chris was admitted as a solicitor in November 1994 and predominantly practices in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, Sport Law, Wills and Estate Law.

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Elizabeth McAulay

Elizabeth McAulay

Senior Family Lawyer

Elizabeth was admitted as a Solicitor in October 2015 and has worked in both private and community practice across the areas of Family Law, Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, and a range of civil matters. 

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Charlotte Fitzgerald

Charlotte Fitzgerald

Lawyer

Charlotte practices in various legal areas such as Family, Domestic Violence, Wills and Estate, Property and Criminal.

Charlotte was admitted as a Solicitor in June 2020 and has been enjoying helping clients through their challenging situations ever since. Charlotte has a keen interest in various legal areas such as Family, Domestic Violence, Wills and Estate, Property and Criminal.

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Heather Andersen

Heather Andersen

Conveyancing Paralegal

Heather is an experienced conveyancing paralegal who has been helping people achieve their dreams for over 3 years. Heather is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

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Kate Steele

Kate Steele

Client Care

Kate enjoys helping clients feel valued and empowered. Kate’s extensive office and customer care experience, in corporate, not-for-profit and government roles ensures your enquiry is in the best hands. Kate is solution-driven and will go out of her way to make sure your query is answered, and the best resolution for your situation is found.

Kate has travelled the world, owned a farm, and owned and managed a café in Brisbane. She holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing and has written and published two novels (she’s working on some more!).

Kate has been riding horses since she was a toddler, and enjoys reading (of course), rock-climbing and running.

Kate’s favourite quote is: “Don’t dream it; be it.”

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Kerrilyn Marshall

Kerrilyn Marshall

Client Care

Kerrilyn is an experienced receptionist known for her warmth and empathy, who enjoys greeting and welcoming guests.

She completed her Certificate III in Business Administration in 2009, and uses her knowledge and experience to provide efficient administrative support.

Kerrilyn is passionate about providing high level (good old fashioned) customer service.

When she is not at work, Kerrilyn enjoys spending time with her family, baking and playing cards.

Kerrilyn’s favourite quote is: Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can. – John Wesley

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Our Promise

We are not typical lawyers. We are different. We care. Our pledges
are the cornerstone of our relationship with you.

Some lawyers might tell you what you want to hear not what you need to hear. We will be honest and frank with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer. If you don’t, we will tell you.

We understand that speaking to a stranger about your most private issues can be difficult and it is emotionally stressful. Regardless of what you tell us, we won’t judge you. Our job is not to judge. It is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.

Lawyers are not beyond reproach. While we have very strict responsibilities impressed upon us by the court, we also have a responsibility to you. If you are not comfortable with the proposed avenue for running your matter, then let us know. We will ensure that the work performed is always to our high standard.

We understand that when you see a lawyer, you are ready to get moving and want to have your matter resolved as soon as possible. To achieve this, we need to move quickly on your matter. We agree to move your matter a minimum of every 2 weeks unless circumstances require otherwise.

While it is difficult to estimate the final cost of a matter due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise, we provide you with an estimate and update this after each significant event, so you always know the costs. To assist with being transparent with costs we send you itemised invoices each week so you can query any work and budget your costs.

We get that going through legal issues is beyond stressful. We understand that we can’t possibly know the weight that the process is placing upon you. What we can do, however, is treat your matter as though it was our own. We will go the extra mile for you. You deserve to be treated as the number one priority.

It is one thing to say we care but it is another thing entirely to truly listen to you. We will hear you. We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally. Afterall, an extraordinary lawyer is one who not only gets the legal process but also gets you.

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to speak to someone about your matter when there is an issue pressing on your mind. While a lawyer may sometimes be tied up with court and unable to respond we will ensure that one of our staff always contacts you back to try and alleviate your concerns quickly or obtain a solution for you. Your peace of mind is important to us.

The more you understand the process you are going through, the better you will understand the information we need from you – so your matter has better chances of being successful. That is why we speak to you without legal jargon. We will clearly explain court processes, why we need various information and any proposed agreements so that you will know exactly agreeing to.

Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. The orders still need to be complied with. We will stay on your matter until all of the issues have been dealt with. If years later an issue arises we still keep your electronic file so we can assist with any questions. If further action is required you can always give us a call. We love past clients giving us updates on how their lives have changed.