Jillian Stibbard is a Family Law Specialist, accredited by the Law Society of NSW, and a member of the Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia and the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association.
Jillian became a partner at Baker Love in 1984 after working as a Law Clerk at the firm whilst studying to be a Solicitor. During those years, she received exposure to and training in many and varied areas of law.
Her practice has evolved into matters resulting from relationship breakdown, including marriage, de facto and same sex relationships. Her skills cover all aspects of Court representation, divorces and separation, child matters, spousal maintenance, child support, property and financial settlements and drafting agreements. Jillian also practices in the area of Will and Deceased estate disputes.
In 2009, Jillian undertook the necessary training to qualify as a Collaborative Practitioner.
Jillian’s main area of practice now tends towards high wealth individuals. She assists clients desirous of achieving a property settlement through intensive negotiation, often including skills which can be brought to such a process by members of the accounting profession and through mediation. Jillian believes that separated couples are best served by resolving any dispute through negotiation rather than protracted Court proceedings. However, when this is not possible, Jillian then pursues litigation with the same energy and expertise which she applies to the negotiation process.
Jillian enjoys a rural lifestyle and is interested in the environment and conservation matters. She has managed to balance motherhood and family life with the demands of a busy legal practice. She acknowledges that she could not have done so without the support of her husband and business partners at Baker Love Lawyers.