AN ETHICAL LAW FIRM
Experienced in all kinds of problems...
...like when your Prince turns out to be a Frog...
...or forests are being destroyed.
No matter how complicated...
...or how deep the problem.
We're here for you and your family.
FitzGerald and Browne are responding in a careful and cautious way to the COVID-19 situation. We have put measures in place to protect our staff and each other and to limit the spread of infection. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
FitzGerald and Browne Lawyers is a respected law firm located in the heart of Hobart.
When FitzGerald and Browne Lawyers opened in 2001 we made a deliberate choice not to represent corporates or the big end of town.
We chose instead to focus on providing services to individuals, families, small businesses, associations and charities.
We have a strong commitment to social justice and environmental issues providing efficient, affordable and ethical services to our clients.
Our office is located on the second floor of the historic T&G building on the corner of Collins and Murray Streets in Hobart. Take the lift up to the 2nd floor and come in and chat with us about how we can help you.
Telephone: (03) 6224 6777
Email us: TheFirm@fablawyers.net.au
Office: Level 2, 115 Collins Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000
Mailing Address: GPO Box 1951, Hobart Tasmania 7001
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed
Our approach is non-confrontational and collaborative where possible. We aim to help our clients to reach amicable agreements and settlements with minimum fuss.
Our family law team is headed by Tony FitzGerald who has been specialising in family law for over 30 years.
We can assist with all aspects of family law matters including financial/property settlements, children’s matters, child support agreements and applications for family violence orders.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We frequently take on matters that we consider to be of importance to the community at a reduced fee or on a no win, no fee basis. Our solicitors regularly volunteer their time to community and not-for-profit organisations.
BUYING OR SELLING PROPERTY?
We provide conveyancing services to assist with your purchase or sale of property providing advice about your contracts before you sign. We can also help you transfer of property pursuant to a family law agreement or as part of an estate matter.
Our staff aim to take the stress out of buying and selling property by keeping you fully informed at each step of the conveyancing process. We offer an efficient, courteous, no fuss conveyancing service at competitive rates.
WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING
Make sure your loved ones are provided for. Have your Will prepared by our legal expert.
We will take you through the process of preparing your Will in a straightforward way, producing a document that is written in plain English, easy to understand and which fully represents your wishes.
We can also prepare, if required, associated documents such as a Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Testamentary Trust, protecting you and your assets and your family.
Having practiced law in Tasmania for over thirty years, Tony is highly experienced as both solicitor and counsel. Tony is a past President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania.
Tony specialises in family law property and parenting matters and frequently represents clients and children in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Tony provides sensible, practical advice and can help find the best way to sort things out for you.
Roland works in the civil and criminal areas, including administrative review, anti-discrimination, environment and planning and federal workers compensation.
In the criminal area he once had a busy practice defending forest protesters and other civilly disobedient people. That area of practice went quiet after the forest agreement was reached in 2013. That may well all change as the State Liberal Government is doing its best to open up contentious forest areas and to introduce a new range of offences to curtail the activities of forest protestors.
Roland is also the vice chair of Gun Control Australia.
Sarah works in the areas of conveyancing, Family Law (property, children and divorce matters) and criminal law.
Sarah aims to make the process in buying and/or selling a home as stress-free as possible for clients whilst ensuring that their best interests are protected.
As a result of increased logging activity in Tasmania’s priceless high conservation value forest areas, in the criminal area Sarah has recently been involved in representing people who have been charged as a result of forest protesting activities.
For criminal and family law matters, Sarah appreciates that for many people it can be their first time dealing with the legal system. She works hard to ensure clients are fully informed of their options before moving forward and aims to achieve a speedy and efficient resolution of the matter.
Alice practices in the areas of Wills and Estate Planning and Civil law.
Alice understands that planning how to distribute your estate when you pass away can be a daunting experience, and will work with you to ensure that your plans are right for you, and your circumstances.
Alice has experience in all aspects of Estate Planning and administration, including drafting and executing Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianships and Testamentary Trusts, and applying for Letters of Administration and Grants of Probate.
Alice also works closely with Roland on a vast array of large and small civil matters. She has experience dealing with a variety of civil claims including building disputes, breaches of contract, employment disputes and planning appeals.
In all aspects of her practice, Alice aims for an approachable and collaborative experience, to help you understand the processes and to work with you to achieve the best result for you.
Oona works predominantly in the area of Family Law, including property, parenting, and divorce. Oona appreciates that separation can be an incredibly stressful time, especially where children and family violence are involved. She aims to assist her clients with clear and timely advice towards resolving their matters with as little additional stress as possible.
Oona also represents clients in criminal matters, and in relation to Family Violence and Restraint Orders.
Oona understands that clients’ legal issues can be as varied as their families and relationships, and that sometimes it is necessary to think outside the box to achieve a suitable resolution. Oona regularly appears in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and Magistrates Court and can provide advocacy and guidance through these often-daunting processes.
Richard joined FitzGerald and Browne in 2020 after working as an in-house lawyer for the University of Tasmania. His work now involves helping people successfully navigate the challenges of buying and selling property and also representing defendants in criminal law matters.
Richard appreciates buying or selling a home or investment property is likely to be one of the largest investments or transactions of a lifetime. His priority is providing clear legal advice and high quality service to all clients in their property transactions.
In the criminal area, Richard has represented people in the Magistrates Court charged with a range of criminal offences. He ensures his clients receive good legal advice, time to consider their options and a fair hearing.
Outside of work hours, Richard volunteers in the role of Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia and is an advocate for human rights.