Alex’s appointment was confirmed on 3 November 2021. She has been acting in the role since November 2020.
Alex first joined Legal Aid NSW in 1994 and has held senior roles across all parts of Australia’s largest family and care and protection practice, including as the division’s inaugural regional program coordinator.
Alex is an experienced independent children’s lawyer, an accredited specialist in family law and an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner who holds a Master of Laws with Honours in family law and dispute resolution. Alex sits on the Law Society of NSW Family Law Committee, the NSW Children’s Court Advisory Committee and the Children’s Committee of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
Among many significant contributions to the family law practice over the years, Alex most recently led the division’s response to the development of the Family Law Blueprint, which sets a clear vision for the future of Legal Aid NSW’s family law program, and has begun work to implement its recommendations.
She also played a key role in managing the Family Law Division’s response to COVID-19 and ensured Legal Aid NSW’s uninterrupted provision of quality family law services across NSW through extensive lockdowns.
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