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Ashleigh John

Ashleigh is the Managing Director of Mullane & Lindsay and practices in our Separation, Family, Relationships Law group.  She is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Ashleigh joined our Separation, Family, Relationships Law group in 2007, and after being recognised on the Doyles Guide as a Rising Star in Australian Family Law in 2017, she has been included in its list of Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers – Newcastle, Hunter Valley & Central Coast each year from 2019 to 2024.  She was also named as a finalist in the 2022 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards for Private Practice Lawyer of the Year and Regional Lawyer of the Year.

She has led a number of local family law organisations including as President of the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners’ Association and Chair of the Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways Network; and together with colleague, Rose Laffan, taught the Family Law Practice subject at the University of Newcastle for 5 years.  Ashleigh values her ongoing involvement in these organisations as an opportunity to stay up to date with changes to law and practice, and to lobby for changes within this complex system to improve the experience for her clients.

Ashleigh has extensive experience in both complex property and parenting matters and focuses on finding practical outcomes for her clients in what is often the most tumultuous time of their lives.  She doesn’t only address the legal issues but helps put her clients back in control by guiding them through the many issues that can arise in relation to children, financial matters, impacts on business and planning for the future.

In addition to family law, Ashleigh has a keen interest in Governance.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, sits on the board of Directors of Business Hunter, and in 2016 was recognised as a Finalist in the Hunter Business Chamber’s Young Executive of the Year Award.

Ashleigh is a Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Newcastle Law Society and the Hunter Young Professionals Network; and provides assistance to Newcastle District Softball Association Judiciary.

Ashleigh has strong ties to Newcastle having completed her Law degree and practical legal training at the University of Newcastle in 2006, and is a former Youth Mayor of the city, a position she held for seven years. In addition to her legal qualifications Ashleigh also holds a Bachelor of Communication, with a major in public relations, from the University of Newcastle.

She is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, is entered on the High Court register of practitioners.  Ashleigh is a confident advocate, regularly appearing on behalf of her clients in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

To arrange an appointment with Ashleigh contact us.

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