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Western Sydney’s Family Law, Will & Estates and Conveyancing Lawyers of Choice

Amanda Little & Associates is a boutique family law firm based in Western Sydney servicing, Penrith, Parramatta, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Oran Park, Hawkesbury, Macarthur, Orange and Greater West regions.

We are a dedicated team of Solicitors and Support Staff here to assist you with your legal issue, be it a divorce, property settlement, children’s matters, buying or selling a house, drafting a will or power of attorney or acting as an executor in your estate. Amanda Little, Bernadette Melhem and Rosemary Aloisio are Accredited Specialists in Family Law.

The Firm has received many accolades, awards and recognitions of its unparalleled skill and professionalism including the Winner of the 2018 Professional Service Provider Penrith and  2019 Finalist for Professional Service Provider of the year, the firm is also a current Finalist in the 2020 Australian Small Business Champion Awards.  Amanda Little our Principal Solicitor is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, was the 2019 Business Person of the Year Penrith, 2019 Business Woman of the year for Lindsay and has been nominated for Suburban Lawyer of the Year in the Australian Law Awards 2019.

Our team is led by Amanda Little, who has lived and worked in the greater Penrith area for over 20 years. We aim to provide practical and real advice, with a view to minimising costs by mediating and settling disputes before they reach Court.

We believe in building relationships with our clients and supporting the local community. Our strength is that we care about you and the quality of our work.

We Can Help with Your Legal Situation

Why are we right for you?

At Amanda Little & Associates we understand that you are going through a family relationship breakdown which it is stressful and you need not only relevant legal advice, but understanding. We want to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Our guarantee to you

We pride ourselves on providing real, relevant and cost-effective advice. So our guarantee to you is that:

  • We will provide you with practical, timely and relevant legal advice;
  • We will minimise your costs where possible;
  • We will focus on negotiation and settlement as opposed to litigation, to help you reach a resolution without the emotional and financial stresses of Court;
  • We will deliver work within the time frame specified and within the estimate of costs; and
  • We will keep you fully informed at all times, answering all of your questions.

We consider you to be a member of our family and will take care of you by not only providing you with relevant and professional legal advice, but also in a considerate and caring manner.

We want to help you reach an amicable outcome to your dispute so that you can move on and grow your future.

Our Team

As you are entrusting us with your confidence, here is a little about our team:

Amanda Little

Principal Solicitor – Accredited Specialist Family Law

Amanda is the Principal Solicitor of Amanda Little & Associates. She is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Collaborative Family Lawyer, Sessional Academic , Public Speaker and Author. She is recognised as a leading business person in Penrith being awarded 2019 Business Person of the Year for Penrith and 2019 Business Woman of the year for Lindsay.

Amanda has been working in Family Law for over a decade and has extensive experience in all facets of Family Law, Wills and Estates, Care and Protection and Conveyancing.

She is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, member of the Family Law Section, member of the Australian Mediation Association and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is a founding Member and board member of Penrith Lady Lawyers, the founder of Penrith Professional Women and Director of The Business Minded Lawyer and The Mediation Centre.

In addition to providing Penrith with excellence in legal advice Amanda also  produces academic articles and continuing legal training for other Solicitors. She is also regularly asked to speak at high profile events including Small Business Week and International Women’s day events.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Communication, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (with Distinction) from Western Sydney University and Family Dispute Resolution (legislative Foundation Knowledge and Skills) qualifications from Bond University.

Amanda grew up and attended school in Western Sydney and is passionate about providing quality and professional legal services to her local area. She also has a community focus and is involved in many community events including the Relay for Life, Red Cross, supporting local sporting teams, supporting autism awareness and fostering the growth of female professionals.

Amanda Little

Rosemary Aloisio

Senior Associate – Accredited Specialist Family Law, Mediator, FDRP

Rosemary is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and was admitted as a lawyer in 2007. She is also a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Since that time she has practised predominantly in Family Law and also in Contested Estates. Rosemary’s specialist experience provides her with the skills to successfully advocate for her clients in many different settings such as the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of NSW, the Children’s Court of NSW and numerous Local Courts.

Rosemary completed her Diploma of Law at Sydney University in 2007 prior to her admission as a Lawyer and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

She is a strong advocate and in addition is able to connect with you and your matter on an individual level, helping you to remain calm and composed during a stressful and difficult period of your life.

Rosemary is a caring child focused family law solicitor and can provide you with realistic advice to help you achieve the most favourable outcome in an amicable manner.

Bernadette Melhem

Senior Associate – Accredited Specialist Family Law

Bernadette has over 15 years experience in complex family law matters, being admitted in 2005. She is also an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Bernadette is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Bernadette attended the University of Western Sydney to complete her Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Bernadette always focuses on her clients needs, and will lead you through your matter in a caring and considerate way. Whilst she focuses on resolution of matters through mediation and negotiation, should a matter need to go to Court she is experienced in appearing in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

She is a strong advocate and she will make you feel confident that your matter is in the right hands.

Jacinta Watkins

Senior Associate

Jacinta was admitted to practice in 2006 as a Solicitor. Jacinta is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Jacinta holds a Bachelor of Law from Macquarie University.

Jacinta has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, Estate Planning and Estate Litigation. Having worked in commercial litigation prior to joining the Amanda Little & Associates team, her attention to detail and eye for forensic disclosure, case and litigation planning is unparalleled.

Jacinta is trained Collaborative Law professional and thus brings a considered approach to her cases.

Jacinta can provide you with advice concerning all aspects of Estate Planning, Contested Estates and Family Law matters.

Nicole Tabone

Senior Solicitor

Nicole joined Amanda Little & Associates in September 2020 having been admitted to practice in 2012. Nicole is a member of the Law Society and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Nicole completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Sydney. Nicole also has a Bachelor of Social Science (Politics and Public Policy) and is currently studying her Masters of Applied Law with the College of Law.

Since admission Nicole has worked primarily in the areas of Family Law, Estate Litigation, and Conveyancing. Nicole has experience in advocacy having appeared in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Family Court of Australia, Supreme Court of NSW and various Local Courts.

Nicole has an easy going nature and establishes genuine connections with her clients. She thoroughly enjoys learning about people and understanding their legal problems. Nicole has a passion for problem solving and finding solutions that fit the needs of clients

Carli Heald

Associate

Carli has recently joined Amanda Little & Associates as an experienced Family Lawyer.

She has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University.

Carli is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Carli has worked in the family law sphere for over 8 years at large firms and has a thorough knowledge of Family Law.

She is passionate about her clients and strives to provide quality service and sound advice. Her methodical ad tenacious approach to Family Law has driven positive client results.

Carli’s friendly nature puts clients at ease and makes them feel supported throughout the process.

Carli is an excellent addition to the Amanda Little & Associates team and she works closely with the Accredited Specialists at the firm.

Kiran Grewal

Associate

Kiran has recently joined Amanda Little & Associates.

She specialises in Property and Wills and Estate Law. Kiran also practices in Commercial Law. Kiran has a Bachelor of Laws and is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Kiran has previously worked in large law firms and joins our team with significant experience in all forms of estate planning and property matters.

Kiran loves to assist people in buying and selling their homes, complex property matters (including transfers, severing tenancies etc) and has a friendly nature which puts clients at ease.

She supports our family lawyers by also undertaking all property settlements for our family law clients

Our Support Team

Aimee Green

Senior Paralegal

Aimee is a Paralegal who brings a wealth of knowledge to Amanda Little & Associates.

She has over 18 years’ experience predominantly in family law and conveyancing, but has also worked in commercial litigation, criminal and debt recovery.

Aimee has worked closely with Counsel over the past 10 years, and has excellent rapport with Counsel and the Courts.

Aimee provides legal support to Amanda and Bernadette and is our Conveyancing Paralegal. Aimee is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws.

She is well loved and respected by all of our clients who regularly praise her work ethic and attention to detail.

Aimee will be able to assist you with all inquiries in relation to your matter.

Lisa Davis

Senior Paralegal

Lisa has more than 25 years experience as a Paralegal. Lisa’s strong knowledge base and her no-nonsense approach means your matter is kept on course at all times! Lisa specialises in Family Law and Deceased Estates.

Lisa is able to tackle any challenge that is thrown at her and will call on her extensive knowledge base to achieve the best results . She is reliable, punctual and delivers as promised.

Lisa directly supports Rosemary and Nicole and is the Deceased Estates Paralegal.

Lisa is also a Justice of the Peace.

 

Michelle Conoulty

Senior Paralegal

Michelle is a Paralegal with over 20 years’ experience predominantly in Family Law, Mediation and Estates but has also worked in other areas of law including criminal, care & protection and debt recovery.

Michelle is also a Justice of the Peace.

Michelle is kind and considerate. She works with her lawyers to ensure that her clients always feel heard and supported throughout the process of their legal matter. Michelle directly supports Jacinta.

She is always happy to be able to assist with enquiries relating to your matter and is an invaluable member of the Amanda Little & Associates team.

Sarah Cauchi

Paralegal

Sarah is a Paralegal at Amanda Little & Associates with over 15 years’ experience.

Her background in Conveyancing, Wills & Estates & Estate Planning, means she has a high attention to detail, is able to meet deadlines and enjoys a fast-paced environment.

Sarah also has a caring nature, and will support the clients throughout their legal matters.

She is friendly, approachable and happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have in relation to your matter.

What is Care and how is it worked out?

Alison Lopez

Legal Secretary

Alison is a Legal Secretary at Amanda Little & Associates.

Alison has 25 years’ experience in customer service and administration and her friendly disposition will make you feel at ease.

Alison enjoys her fast-paced role, and interacting with and meeting new people.

Alison is also a Justice of the Peace.

Alice Wynn – Hatton

Client Services Officer

Alice is well known to our clients as our friendly receptionist.

From the moment you call our office she will make you feel welcome and at ease.

Alice genuinely connects with our clients and cares about them and the outcomes of their matters.

She is friendly approachable and always happy for a chat!

 

Renee Bateman

Finance and Accounts

Renee undertakes the accounts and finances at Amanda Little & Associates.

Renee has been providing quality services to the clients of Amanda Little & Associates for many years, and is prompt, reliable and delivers as promised.

Renee undertakes the firms invoicing, trust accounts and book-keeping.

She is an invaluable member of the Amanda Little & Associates team.

Duane Enator

HR and Office Management

Duane has been a integral part of the Amanda Little & Associates Team since 2012.

He is responsible for Human Resources and Office Management.

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