Family Law Accredited Specialist An Accredited Specialist in Family Law is a lawyer who has been recognized for their expertise and proficiency in family law. This accreditation is a nationally recognised mark of excellence awarded by the Law Society of New South Wales (NSW). It is the highest level of specialisation that can be awarded to a family lawyer.

By maintaining exceptionally high professional standards and keeping on top of the latest legal developments, Accredited Specialists at Thornton + King ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes for their family law clients.


What makes an Accredited Specialist in Family Law?

To be recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, a lawyer must have practised for at least 5 years, with no less than 3 years in family law. The lawyer must then undergo a series of structured peer to peer assessments with the Law Society of New South Wales and their Specialist Accreditation Board. The rigorous assessments conducted include mock client files, written examinations, interview panels, and reference checks, in order to truly test the skills and knowledge of the family law practitioner. 

To retain their accreditation, an Accredited Specialist must re-apply every year and must demonstrate their commitment to keep up with the latest legal developments in family law by completing additional continued legal education training each year in family law, twice the amount required by a non-specialist family lawyer.

Family law specialist accreditation has only been awarded to approximately 1% of the practising solicitors in New South Wales.


Why Choose Thornton + King?

At Thornton + King we appreciate that each family law matter is different, and we pride ourselves on providing compassionate and personalised legal representation to our clients. Our Sydney team of trusted family law specialists are committed to working closely with you to achieve the best outcomes for you and your family. 

To speak to an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, give us a call or submit an enquiry now.

Accredited Specialists in Family Law

Celia Pitcher – Principal Lawyer – Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Celia Pitcher - Family Law Accredited Specialist

With over 18 years of experience practising exclusively in Family law, Celia has deep expertise in dealing with all manner of complex family law issues, including complex financial issues and complex parenting and child support issues.

She is experienced in advising clients in matters concerning business interests, trusts and self-managed superannuation funds, and in drafting and advising on Financial Agreements in the context of family law property settlements.

Family Law, Divorce and Child Custody. Father and son.

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To be awarded the title of Accredited Specialist signifies the highest level of knowledge and expertise in a particular field of law. This provides a specialist’s clients with certainty that they are dealing with a specially competent legal practitioner who has passed the rigorous assessment programs run by the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Board. 

The award of Specialist Accreditation and the need to re-apply for accreditation each year ensure that legal practitioners with the title of Accredited Specialist in Family Law adhere to the highest standards of continuing professional development and excellence in legal practice.

The knowledge and expertise of the lawyer acting on your matter will make a difference to your end result. Engaging an experienced, specialist family lawyer will ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in the quickest, most cost effective manner.

To speak to one of Thornton + King’s family law specialists, give us a call or submit an enquiry now.

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