Our Team
We care about what happens to your family

IT’S OUR JOB TO
MAKE IT EASIER

The Doolan Wagner team is committed to providing you with a clear understanding of your circumstances, your rights and the likely outcomes of your matter. Once you have this understanding, we can then skilfully guide you on. We understand that family law matters can be very difficult for the people involved, including your children. It’s our job to make it easier, by providing support, guidance and expert advice throughout.

Our Team of Family Lawyers

Lisa Wagner - doolan wagner divorce lawyers
Lisa Wagner

Principal/Managing Director

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Lisa Wagner has close to 30 years experience as a specialist family lawyer having built her reputation over many years working both in Sydney’s CBD and regionally, before becoming the founding principal of her own firm.

Having studied economics with Honours at the University of Sydney, Lisa is particularly adept at offering her client’s pragmatic commercial solutions. As well as property and financial matters, Lisa has extensive experience in parenting and child support matters and acts as a court appointed Independent Children’s Lawyer for children in difficult and complex parenting cases.

Lisa’s aim is to provide her clients with exceptional service, expert guidance and strong representation.  Lisa is an Accredited Family Law specialist and a nationally registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner – can issue S.601 Certificates.  Lisa is recognised by her peers as an experienced litigator and skilful negotiator in all family law matters.

Lisa is also focussed on giving back to the community. She has supported a range of community and pro bono initiatives, including the Manly Community Legal Centre and the North Shore Family Lawyers Practice Group.

Lisa believes that great law firms are focussed on service. Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers is a dedicated and specialised family law practice, reflecting the strong service and solution focus approach that Lisa has become renowned for.

Qualifications & Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons) (University of Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution
  • Accredited Specialist, Family Law (2001)
  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (2011)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Independent Children’s Lawyer (2014)

Memberships:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Member of the Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc.
  • Member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals (AACP)
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

lwagner@familylawyersdw.com.au

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Lucy Warhurst - doolan wagner divorce lawyers
Lucy Warhurst

Senior Associate

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Lucy is an experienced and professional Senior Associate with a compassionate, strategic, and practical approach to her Family Law practice.

Lucy’s considered and practical approach to family law litigation intersects with her natural empathy to achieve constructive resolutions that mitigate the adverse impact of relationship breakdowns on her clients and their children.  Lucy has extensive experience conducting family law matters before the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia to the Final Hearing stage, should the need arise. However, whenever possible, Lucy assists her clients to reach negotiated settlements, without recourse to the Court system.

Lucy completed her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Sydney and also holds a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours.

Highly understanding and warm, Lucy is particularly adept at providing support to her clients as they face the challenges that arise following separation. Lucy will without exception actively seek the best outcome for you and your family.

Lucy is currently completing her Masters in Family Law to further compliment her experience. Lucy continues to undertake pro bono work at Marrickville Legal Centre.

Lucy’s areas of expertise include:

  • Complex parenting cases, including matters involving serious allegations of family violence and relocation applications;
  • Property settlements, including matters with substantial asset pools and complex financial structures;
  • Hague Convention Applications;
  • Child Support, Spousal maintenance and adult child maintenance;
  • Divorce Applications;

Qualifications & Accreditations:

  • Juris Doctor (University of Sydney);
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Laws);
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours 1, University of Sydney);
  • Admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales;
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Unrestricted Practicing Certificate (NSW)

Memberships:

  • Law Society of NSW;
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia;
  • Member of NSW Young Lawyers – Family Law Committee.

lwarhurst@familylawyersdw.com.au

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucywarhurst

Ashleigh Middlin - doolan wagner divorce lawyers sydney
Ashleigh Middlin

Associate

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Ashleigh Middlin has practised exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2015.

Her background in child protection and matters of domestic and family violence has created in her a highly empathetic approach towards her clients.

Ashleigh understands that the Family Law process is difficult and she is focused on assisting clients to finalise their matter as efficiently and cost-effective as possible. Ashleigh will provide considered and practical advice and will tailor her approach to the needs of each individual client.

Ashleigh’s areas of expertise includes property settlements, including negotiated agreements, lawyer-assisted mediations and attending Conciliation Conferences, De facto property matters, parenting matters relating to the care of children including negotiated agreements and litigation, child support and spousal maintenance matters, the preparation of settlement documents including Consent Order documents, Financial Agreements, and Child Support Agreements and divorce applications.

In circumstances where Court cannot be avoided, Ashleigh is a strong advocate and regularly appears in the Sydney and Parramatta Registries of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.

Qualifications & Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (UNSW)
  • Juris Doctor (UTS)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Memberships:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Member of the Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc.
  • Member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals (AACP)
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
  • Member of NSW Young Lawyers – Family Law Committee.

amiddlin@familylawyersdw.com.au

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Anthony Saba - Doolan Wagner Divorce Lawyers Sydney
Anthony Saba

Family Lawyer

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Anthony holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame and has worked for the past five years exclusively in family law in two other specialist CBD family law firms before joining Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers.

Anthony is currently completing his Masters in Family Law and this is a testament to his unwavering commitment to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

Anthony understands how complex and difficult separations can be for families and works hard to assist clients through those challenges.  In so doing Anthony brings with him a wealth of experience in many other areas of law including commercial disputes, criminal matters and care and protection work.  Anthony has acted in complex property matters and parenting matters including difficult relocation matters and in matters where domestic violence has factored heavily.

His ability to provide concise and helpful advice whilst remaining considerate and caring are attributes that set Anthony apart from other solicitors within his profession.  Anthony is always able to speak with clients and understands the importance of prioritising the reduction of stress for clients.

Qualifications & Accreditations :

  • Bachelor of Laws (UND);
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Memberships:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • NSW Young Lawyers – Family Law Committee
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

asaba@familylawyersdw.com.au

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Sarah Arnold - Doolan Wagner Divorce Lawyers Sydney
Sara Arnold

Family Lawyer

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Sara holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business Management and is currently completing her Masters of Laws (Family Law).  Sara is experienced in a wide range of property and parenting matters, including Hague Convention Applications and Relocation matters.

Sara’s background in commercial legal work compliments her practising as a family lawyer and allows her to identify various issues and provide the most practical and cost-effective solutions and advice for her clients in respect of settlements involving businesses as well as other financial matters.

Given Sara’s litigation experience, Sara strives to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients and strongly believes that all aspects of alternative dispute resolution be explored to try and resolve the dispute in an efficient and cost-effective manner prior to resorting to litigation.  However, where litigation cannot be avoided, Sara is adept at representing her clients in both the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

In addition to practicing as a solicitor, Sara is also focused on giving back to the community and provides ongoing mentoring and career advice to young people in the Western Sydney region.

Qualifications & Accreditations :

  • Bachelor of Laws (UNE)
  • Bachelor of Business Management (Human Resource Management) (UWS)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Membership

  • Member of the Law Society of NSW
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

sarnold@familylawyersdw.com.au

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Stuart Colderick - Doolan Wagner Divorce Lawyers Sydney
Stuart Colderick

Family Lawyer

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Stuart holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and has experience in a range of complex property and parenting matters both in documenting settlements and to final hearing stage.

Stuart’s meticulous eye for detail and ability to prioritise many competing tasks ensures that each of his clients receives prompt and considered advice and his friendly and caring attitude ensures he diligently supports the senior family lawyers of the practice and is always available to assist where he can.

Stuart conscientiously works tirelessly to help separating parties reach out of court settlements.

We are confident you will find Stuart helpful and approachable in all your dealings with him.

Qualifications & Accreditations :

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of NSW)
  • Bachelor of Law (University of NSW)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Admitted as a Lawyer of the High Court of Australia

Memberships:

  • Law Society
  • Family Law Section of Law Council of Australia

scolderick@familylawyersdw.com.au

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-colderick

Christine Murray - Doolan Wagner Divorce Lawyers Sydney
Christine Murray

Communications Officer

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Ensuring that our communication is effective and efficient is Christine Murray our Communications Officer.

Christine’s extensive background in business administration, client services and IT ensures the smooth running of all our communication systems and initiatives.

Everyone agrees that Christine is a true professional, always ready to lend a helping hand.

communicate@familylawyersdw.com.au

Jacqueline Peiser-Oliver - doolan wagner family lawyers sydney
Jacqueline Peiser-Oliver

Paralegal

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Jacqueline is currently completing a combined Degree in Law and International Studies at the University of New South Wales and provides invaluable paralegal support to our team of family lawyers.

Jacqui has an exceptional eye for detail and is adept at managing our document and legal information systems.  When called upon Jacqui is well placed to undertake all manner of tasks including the service of Court documents, the filing of urgent applications and the co-ordination of settlement conferences with barristers, mediators and the like.

We are confident that you will find Jacqui to be skilled and professional in any dealings you may have with her.

paralegal@familylawyersdw.com.au