Deborah is an accredited family law specialist with the Queensland Law Society with over 20 years experience in family law. She is also a nationally accredited mediator and has a number of professional recognitions, including being Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Domestic Violence Committee and former President of the Family Law Practitioner’s Association in QLD.
Deborah spends at least half of her week conducting mediations as a nationally accredited mediator in both Family Law and Franchising Disputes. This involves working with parties to help them reach a resolution on their matter. When not conducting mediations, Deborah assists her clients in developing and implementing case strategy to move them through the separation phase of their life and empower them to plan for their future as they transition to the next stage of their life.
Outside of Work
Deborah has five children who are nearing the end of their schooling and is currently serving as a driving instructor for three learners in the family. She is also an avid hockey player who recently enjoyed playing with one of her daughters in the same team. Recently, Deborah has discovered a passion for gardening – or, as she puts it, clearing land on her Gold Coast Hinterland property.
What’s your favourite thing about being part of the MWS team?
Seeing the education and enlightenment of clients who haven’t had to think about finances before and seeing them empowered to move into the next phase of their life.
What do you wish people knew about financial planning?
Financial planning makes perfect sense, it really is underrated. We plan everything else in our life, after all. It is surprising that clients do not start with the basics and become financially sound before starting all their other plans.
What's your favourite book, movie and food?
Book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Atticus Finch fighting for the underdog as a lawyer.
Movie: Gone With The Wind – “Tomorrow is another day.”
Food: Roast lamb with the family on a Sunday night.
If you could give one piece of advice to the Deborah from 10 years ago, what would it be?
Enjoy your kids now, they will be teenagers before you know it.
What's your weirdest office habit?
Thinking I can grow indoor plants.
What's the one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I can tap dance.
If you could have dinner with anyone past or present, who would it be and why?
Ita Buttrose – she is a very inspirational female leader.