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John Butler
Special Counsel/Director

John is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. John has been admitted to practice for over 45 years, and has worked in the law for over 51 years.

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“I enjoy being a part of a talented Legal Team that is committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients.”

Areas of Practice - Complex Wills, Estates, Contested Estates, State Administrative Tribunal, Business Planning, Complex Family Law, Mediation

John Lawley
Special Counsel

John brings with him specialist expertise in complex property matters arising out of divorce and/or separation. He was highlighted as a star of the future in the UK directory of Chambers and Partners, and recommended in the UK Legal 500 as an expert in pursuing hidden assets – both publications are renowned for recognising expert solicitors in the UK.

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“I am always keen to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution, whilst being confident to exploit my skillset through litigation where necessary”.

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Complex Property Issues, Finding Hidden Assets, Company Structures & Trusts

Amelia Davey
Head of Family Law

Amelia graduated from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws in 2005 and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in March 2010 and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Western Australia.
Since joining Butlers in 2016 Amelia brings with her specialist expertise in dealing with complex children’s issues having formerly been an Accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Amelia believes in a constructive approach to family law matters. She is empathetic and understanding of the needs of her client’s and prides herself on her personal approach.

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“I have found that being qualified as a Legal Practitioner in both England and Wales and Western Australia has been invaluable when dealing with Relocation cases”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, Relocation Children's Issues

Elliot Ryan
Senior Associate

Elliot practices in Family Law, Wills & Estates Planning, and Contested Estates. He regularly represents clients in Court and as an advocate at Mediation.
Elliot is a current member of the Law Society of Western Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia. He is a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Murdoch Student Law Society and was also a Councillor for the Australian Law Students Association.

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“I enjoy the variety of working in multiple areas of law, I find that my experience in one area can often be applied to the other and be a benefit to my clients”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, including Property Issues, Children's Issues, Divorce & De Facto, Contested Estates, Business Planning & Trust Structures

Amanda Blake
Senior Associate

Amanda graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychology in 2012, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 7 November 2013.
Amanda joined the team at Butlers in March 2016, after working for a boutique family law practice and in the community legal sector.

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“I’m passionate for all aspects of Family Law, and enjoy helping people achieve the best outcome”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto

Gemma Swan
Lawyer

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2016 and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in October 2017.
Gemma initially joined Butlers as a law clerk and used the time to understudy our Senior Lawyers on complex property matters, including overseas assets, businesses and trusts.
Gemma was a rare graduate who was very passionate about Family Law from the beginning and uses this passion to develop excellent relationships with her clients.

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“I am particularly passionate about assisting those with special needs and mental health issues, either directly or indirectly”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Property Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships

Tawnee Dickinson
Lawyer

In 2017 Tawnee graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Laws after receiving the Harry Perkins Scholarship in 2013 to study. During her degree, Tawnee was selected to study four international intensive units at one of the world’s top 70 universities’, Ghent University in Belgium.
In December 2017 Tawnee was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a Legal Practitioner. Tawnee is a regular volunteer at Community Legal Centres each week.

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“I’m a country girl at heart and love returning home when possible. I think my childhood has enabled me to be personable and approachable”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sebastian Sweeney
Lawyer

Sebastian graduated from the University of Western Australia a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in May of 2018.
Sebastian excels in delivering clear and concise advice to his clients, assisting them to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.

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“I strive to ensure that my clients are thoroughly advised of the options available to them and are able to make well-informed decisions. I’m outcome focused”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sarah McCarthy
Senior Lawclerk/Graduate

Sarah joined Butlers in March 2015 as a receptionist and quickly moved into the role of Law Clerk. Sarah has since completed her legal degree and is working towards being admitted as a lawyer. Sarah specialises in large matters and assists the solicitors as much as possible.

Sarah completed a double degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology. Sarah has lived in Colorado and Hawaii and moved to Perth in 2013.

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“I cant help it, I’m ambitious and I’m not afraid of hard work”

Areas of Practice -Wills, Family Law, Financial & Children's matters

Tyler Greatrex
Senior Lawclerk

Tyler joined Butlers in March 2019. Tyler is currently studying his LLB degree at the University of Southern Queensland, with the view of graduating at the end of 2021. Tyler is passionate about helping those who are unable to help themselves. Tyler assists in all aspects of Family Law, Wills and Family Provision/Contested Estates.

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“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character” – William Arthur Ward

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Wills and Estates matters

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John Butler
Special Counsel/Director

John is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. John has been admitted to practice for over 45 years, and has worked in the law for over 51 years.

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“I enjoy being a part of a talented Legal Team that is committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients.”

Areas of Practice - Complex Wills, Estates, Contested Estates, State Administrative Tribunal, Business Planning, Complex Family Law, Mediation

John Lawley
Special Counsel

John brings with him specialist expertise in complex property matters arising out of divorce and/or separation. He was highlighted as a star of the future in the UK directory of Chambers and Partners, and recommended in the UK Legal 500 as an expert in pursuing hidden assets – both publications are renowned for recognising expert solicitors in the UK.

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“I am always keen to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution, whilst being confident to exploit my skillset through litigation where necessary”.

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Complex Property Issues, Finding Hidden Assets, Company Structures & Trusts

Amelia Davey
Head of Family Law

Amelia graduated from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws in 2005 and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in March 2010 and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Western Australia.
Since joining Butlers in 2016 Amelia brings with her specialist expertise in dealing with complex children’s issues having formerly been an Accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Amelia believes in a constructive approach to family law matters. She is empathetic and understanding of the needs of her client’s and prides herself on her personal approach.

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“I have found that being qualified as a Legal Practitioner in both England and Wales and Western Australia has been invaluable when dealing with Relocation cases”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, Relocation Children's Issues

Elliot Ryan
Senior Associate

Elliot practices in Family Law, Wills & Estates Planning, and Contested Estates. He regularly represents clients in Court and as an advocate at Mediation.
Elliot is a current member of the Law Society of Western Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia. He is a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Murdoch Student Law Society and was also a Councillor for the Australian Law Students Association.

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“I enjoy the variety of working in multiple areas of law, I find that my experience in one area can often be applied to the other and be a benefit to my clients”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, including Property Issues, Children's Issues, Divorce & De Facto, Contested Estates, Business Planning & Trust Structures

Amanda Blake
Senior Associate

Amanda graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychology in 2012, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 7 November 2013.
Amanda joined the team at Butlers in March 2016, after working for a boutique family law practice and in the community legal sector.

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“I’m passionate for all aspects of Family Law, and enjoy helping people achieve the best outcome”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto

Gemma Swan
Lawyer

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2016 and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in October 2017.
Gemma initially joined Butlers as a law clerk and used the time to understudy our Senior Lawyers on complex property matters, including overseas assets, businesses and trusts.
Gemma was a rare graduate who was very passionate about Family Law from the beginning and uses this passion to develop excellent relationships with her clients.

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“I am particularly passionate about assisting those with special needs and mental health issues, either directly or indirectly”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Property Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships

Tawnee Dickinson
Lawyer

In 2017 Tawnee graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Laws after receiving the Harry Perkins Scholarship in 2013 to study. During her degree, Tawnee was selected to study four international intensive units at one of the world’s top 70 universities’, Ghent University in Belgium.
In December 2017 Tawnee was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a Legal Practitioner. Tawnee is a regular volunteer at Community Legal Centres each week.

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“I’m a country girl at heart and love returning home when possible. I think my childhood has enabled me to be personable and approachable”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sebastian Sweeney
Lawyer

Sebastian graduated from the University of Western Australia a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in May of 2018.
Sebastian excels in delivering clear and concise advice to his clients, assisting them to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.

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“I strive to ensure that my clients are thoroughly advised of the options available to them and are able to make well-informed decisions. I’m outcome focused”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sarah McCarthy
Senior Lawclerk/Graduate

Sarah joined Butlers in March 2015 as a receptionist and quickly moved into the role of Law Clerk. Sarah has since completed her legal degree and is working towards being admitted as a lawyer. Sarah specialises in large matters and assists the solicitors as much as possible.

Sarah completed a double degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology. Sarah has lived in Colorado and Hawaii and moved to Perth in 2013.

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“I cant help it, I’m ambitious and I’m not afraid of hard work”

Areas of Practice -Wills, Family Law, Financial & Children's matters

Tyler Greatrex
Senior Lawclerk

Tyler joined Butlers in March 2019. Tyler is currently studying his LLB degree at the University of Southern Queensland, with the view of graduating at the end of 2021. Tyler is passionate about helping those who are unable to help themselves. Tyler assists in all aspects of Family Law, Wills and Family Provision/Contested Estates.

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“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character” – William Arthur Ward

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Wills and Estates matters

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John Butler
Special Counsel/Director

John is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. John has been admitted to practice for over 45 years, and has worked in the law for over 51 years.

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“I enjoy being a part of a talented Legal Team that is committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients.”

Areas of Practice - Complex Wills, Estates, Contested Estates, State Administrative Tribunal, Business Planning, Complex Family Law, Mediation

John Lawley
Special Counsel

John brings with him specialist expertise in complex property matters arising out of divorce and/or separation. He was highlighted as a star of the future in the UK directory of Chambers and Partners, and recommended in the UK Legal 500 as an expert in pursuing hidden assets – both publications are renowned for recognising expert solicitors in the UK.

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“I am always keen to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution, whilst being confident to exploit my skillset through litigation where necessary”.

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Complex Property Issues, Finding Hidden Assets, Company Structures & Trusts

Amelia Davey
Head of Family Law

Amelia graduated from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws in 2005 and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in March 2010 and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Western Australia.
Since joining Butlers in 2016 Amelia brings with her specialist expertise in dealing with complex children’s issues having formerly been an Accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Amelia believes in a constructive approach to family law matters. She is empathetic and understanding of the needs of her client’s and prides herself on her personal approach.

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“I have found that being qualified as a Legal Practitioner in both England and Wales and Western Australia has been invaluable when dealing with Relocation cases”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, Relocation Children's Issues

Elliot Ryan
Senior Associate

Elliot practices in Family Law, Wills & Estates Planning, and Contested Estates. He regularly represents clients in Court and as an advocate at Mediation.
Elliot is a current member of the Law Society of Western Australia and the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia. He is a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Murdoch Student Law Society and was also a Councillor for the Australian Law Students Association.

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“I enjoy the variety of working in multiple areas of law, I find that my experience in one area can often be applied to the other and be a benefit to my clients”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, including Property Issues, Children's Issues, Divorce & De Facto, Contested Estates, Business Planning & Trust Structures

Amanda Blake
Senior Associate

Amanda graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychology in 2012, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 7 November 2013.
Amanda joined the team at Butlers in March 2016, after working for a boutique family law practice and in the community legal sector.

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“I’m passionate for all aspects of Family Law, and enjoy helping people achieve the best outcome”

Areas of Practice - Complex Family Law, Property Issues, Complex Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto

Gemma Swan
Lawyer

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2016 and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in October 2017.
Gemma initially joined Butlers as a law clerk and used the time to understudy our Senior Lawyers on complex property matters, including overseas assets, businesses and trusts.
Gemma was a rare graduate who was very passionate about Family Law from the beginning and uses this passion to develop excellent relationships with her clients.

Image not available
“I am particularly passionate about assisting those with special needs and mental health issues, either directly or indirectly”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Property Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships

Tawnee Dickinson
Lawyer

In 2017 Tawnee graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Laws after receiving the Harry Perkins Scholarship in 2013 to study. During her degree, Tawnee was selected to study four international intensive units at one of the world’s top 70 universities’, Ghent University in Belgium.
In December 2017 Tawnee was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a Legal Practitioner. Tawnee is a regular volunteer at Community Legal Centres each week.

Image not available
“I’m a country girl at heart and love returning home when possible. I think my childhood has enabled me to be personable and approachable”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sebastian Sweeney
Lawyer

Sebastian graduated from the University of Western Australia a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in May of 2018.
Sebastian excels in delivering clear and concise advice to his clients, assisting them to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.

Image not available
“I strive to ensure that my clients are thoroughly advised of the options available to them and are able to make well-informed decisions. I’m outcome focused”

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Children's Issues, Divorce, De Facto, Same-Sex Relationships, FVRO’s

Sarah McCarthy
Senior Lawclerk/Graduate

Sarah joined Butlers in March 2015 as a receptionist and quickly moved into the role of Law Clerk. Sarah has since completed her legal degree and is working towards being admitted as a lawyer. Sarah specialises in large matters and assists the solicitors as much as possible.

Sarah completed a double degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology. Sarah has lived in Colorado and Hawaii and moved to Perth in 2013.

Image not available
“I cant help it, I’m ambitious and I’m not afraid of hard work”

Areas of Practice -Wills, Family Law, Financial & Children's matters

Tyler Greatrex
Senior Lawclerk

Tyler joined Butlers in March 2019. Tyler is currently studying his LLB degree at the University of Southern Queensland, with the view of graduating at the end of 2021. Tyler is passionate about helping those who are unable to help themselves. Tyler assists in all aspects of Family Law, Wills and Family Provision/Contested Estates.

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“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character” – William Arthur Ward

Areas of Practice - Family Law, Wills and Estates matters

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