Words By Suzie Grinter | Photo By Silvia Mogorovich
With divorce rating second after death on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, it’s not hard to see why choosing the right family law practitioner is essential.
Educated by School of the Air during an early childhood on Victoria Downs cattle station in the Northern Territory, Tamlyn Leahy of Williams Graham Carman attended boarding school in Brisbane for the last five years of high school. Torn between journalism and law, Tamlyn soon realised her skills lay in analysis rather than creativity, and Law chose Tamlyn.
“I was an Articled Clerk in a small firm in Darwin. I loved the Articles system, and gained valuable experience in all areas of Law, particularly civil litigation.
While in legal practice in Darwin, Tamlyn met her husband, a pearl diver set on joining the superyacht industry. He was successful in his attempts to lure Tamlyn into his dream, and she resigned, heading off to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 18 months.
“As Captain, he used to joke to passengers that his wife was a lawyer, but she was cleaning the toilets downstairs,” Tamlyn laughs.
After a further stint at sea, the couple returned to the Territory, where Tamlyn returned to law.
“In between civil litigation cases, I did some family law, and found I loved it, dealing with real people and personal things, instead of big companies, helping people work through issues and getting a good result for them,” says Tamlyn.
Following three years in a highly successful business venture – a motel in Roma, Western Queensland – they sold and moved to Cairns, along with their three children.
“I was out of Law for a few years, but it was a good opportunity to focus on my choice of specialty, and I kept coming back to family law.
“Eddy Lago, one of the most respected family law practitioners in Cairns is my boss, and a great mentor. I love the collegiality of this firm, we bandy ideas around and share experience and knowledge.
“I’m a good listener, I have family and empathy, and my commitment to my client is underpinned by knowledge that I may be changing the course of people’s lives by the way in which I conduct my cases. It’s a big responsibility that
I take seriously.”
“I strive to settle out of court so long as it is in the client’s best interest. Court proceedings can be lengthy and emotionally draining, taking a toll on people’s physical and mental health. It’s expensive, protracted and can have lasting effects on the children,” says Tamlyn.
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