Wendy Cousens has worked solely in the area of family law since 1994 and works across a wide range of family law areas including large scale property settlements, intricate applications and Binding Financial Agreements.
She has particular expertise in complex or high net worth family law property matters. Her role sees her analyse financial documentation including corporate structures, businesses, trusts and self-managed superannuation funds, tracing funds and researching international interests for the purposes of litigation and drafting complex Affidavits, Orders and Binding Financial Agreements.
Wendy also has particular expertise in disputes regarding professional costs and in relation to appeals.
Wendy is involved in all stages of a matter from preliminary disclosure to areas of cross examination and drafting of pleadings. She has extensive experience drafting detailed submissions for the use by Solicitors and Counsel for interim and final hearings, providing clients and advocates invaluable guidance and assistance.
Wendy also has in an depth knowledge of the process and procedure of family law and is frequently brought in to assist in complex litigation or appeals.
Wendy’s managerial and organisational skills are a great asset and her strong communication skills and willingness to help mean that Wendy works to ensure that your matter is as stress free as possible. The work that Wendy undertakes increases the prospects that a matter will be resolved without the need for litigation, however, if litigation is required, Wendy will be a crucial component of the preparation of a complex or high net worth property matter for hearing.
Wendy takes a special interest in all aspects of the law and is able to approach your matter with past and present laws and decisions in mind, which enables her to give you a realistic indication of a likely settlement in or out of court.
Wendy holds an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) with the Southern Cross University and worked as a personal assistant and paralegal to a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. She maintains a thorough knowledge of changing legislation and case law through ongoing education.
One of Wendy’s most recent accomplishments was being named as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, in the category of 'Legal Support Professional of the Year’.