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Kate Tolley

Senior Associate LL.B/LP

Kate is an experienced family law and estates lawyer having commenced her career in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice at Flinders University.

During her undergraduate studies, Kate gained valuable legal experience working as a clerk for a small generalist firm and completed her graduate legal training at a prominent Adelaide specialist family law firm.  Kate developed her interest and passion for family law during this time.

Following her admission to practice, Kate spent time interning at a specialist family law firm in Melbourne, Victoria where she gained experience in family law generally but also in the specialised area of family law relating to LGBTQ relationships and children conceived from donor sperm.

Kate first joined Douglas Hoskins Legal in late 2012. In 2015, Kate relocated to Queensland where she practised in family law and wills and estates before returning to Douglas Hoskins Legal in 2019.  Kate’s time practising in Queensland allowed her to establish important networks and gain a valuable understanding of the Queensland jurisdiction.

Kate has practised exclusively in family law and wills and estate matters since her admission to practise in 2012. Kate has developed a strong but empathetic practise in both family law and wills and estates and is motivated to achieve the best and most efficient outcome for her client’s whilst ensuring balanced and realistic advice is provided.

Kate has extensive experience in all facets of family law, having represented clients in both complex parenting matters and property settlement matters.  Her experience includes complex children’s issues such as mental health issues, abuse allegations, substance abuse and parental alienation, same sex property settlement matters, and relocation and recovery of children.  Kate also particularly enjoys the challenge of property settlements involving complex financial structures such as companies and trusts.

Kate strives to assist her clients to reach agreement by way of negotiation and mediation and without the need for Court litigation.  However, if Court litigation is necessary Kate will strongly advocate for her clients in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.

Kate also enjoys her Wills and Estates practise and particularly the relationships and rapport that she has built with her Wills and Estates clients that enables her to provide them with individualised advice to suit their succession planning needs.

Kate is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of South Australia.