Paul Doolan

Partner Family Law
Accredited Specialist


Paul has been a Partner of the firm since 1999.

“Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market” has ranked Paul Doolan Market Leader of all family lawyers practicing in Sydney in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and as Pre-Eminent or Market Leader nationally in each of those years.

His practice is focused on financial cases involving substantial asset pools, including matters with complex company, trust, partnership and valuation issues. Many of these cases have an international element to them.

Paul previously practiced with a national law firm, and was the Legal Associate to a Judge of the Appeal Division of the Family Court.



“Market Leader” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market, 2015


Master of Laws

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts

Accredited Specialist – Family Law (NSW and previously QLD)

Admitted to practice in the NSW Supreme Court (and QLD)

Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia

Memberships and appointments

The Law Council of Australia – NSW solicitor representative for the Family Law Section Executive

The NSW Law Society Family Law Issues Committee

The Law Society of New South Wales

Family Law Practitioners Association of QLD

Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Board of Editors of the Australian Journal of Family Law

Previously on the Board of Directors of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

Co-Chair of the 16th National Family Law Conference held in Sydney, October 2014

Previously the Legal Associate to the Hon Justice Lindenmayer, Appeal Division, Family Court


  1. CHH, “Australian Family Law and Practice”, previous chapter author on “Costs in Family Law”
  2. “When Family Law and Bankruptcy Collide”, Lindenmayer T.E and Doolan P, Vol 8 No. 2 (1994) Australian Journal of Family Law, p111
  3. Research Assistant on Australian Commercial Law, 19th edtn, Yorston, Fortescue and Turner, Law Book Co, 1992
  4. “The Role, Powers and Status of the Separate Representative”, Lindenmayer T.E and Doolan P, Vol 8 No 1 (1994) Australian Journal of Family Law, p89
  5. “The Unacceptable Risk of What – Access Orders in the wake of M v M”, Vol 8 No 2 (1994) Australian Journal of Family Law, p178
  6. “Procedural Aspects of Applications for Paternity Testing”, FLPA Magazine, Vol 2, No 2 (1994)
  7. “Cilento v Cilento Revisted – In the Best Interests of the Child?”, Vol 10 No 1 (1996) Australian Journal of Family Law, p86
  8. “Business Asset Protection – The PreNup Way”, My Business Magazine, November 2002, pp34-39
  9. “Taxation Issues in Family Law – Part I”, (2004) Current Family Law Journal
  10. “Taxation Issues in Family Law – Part 2”, (2004), Current Family Law Journal
  11. “Confusion Reigns Supreme – The Family Court Grapples with Superannuation”, Doolan P, (2005), Current Family Law Journal
  12. “Confusion Reigns Supreme – The Family Court Grapples with Big Money Cases”, Doolan P, (2006), Current Family Law Journal
  13. “Property by any other name – the treatment of paid and unpaid legal fees in family law”, Doolan P (2006) Australian Journal of Family Law
  14. “De facto Financial Cases come to the Federal Courts”, Doolan P and Nolan A, (2008) published in CCH Family Law & Practice and online
  15. Author of the curriculum for the NSW College of Laws’ Masters Degree subject on Advanced Financial Issues in Family Law being a comprehensive 12 unit subject first offered to students in Semester 2, 2008.


  1. “Priorities in Bankruptcy in Family Law” QLD Family Law Practitioners Association Conference, 1993
  2. “Superannuation and Family Law”, Brisbane, QLD 1997, LAAMS
  3. “Drafting of Orders in family law”, Committee presenter, National Family Law Conference, Sydney, NSW 2000
  4. “Family Law & The Family Business” presented 21 March 2001, Sydney, LAAMS Group
  5. “Big Money Property Cases”, presented 26 September 2001, Sydney for LAAMS Group
  6. “Family Law for Financial Planners” lectures presented in Sydney to Estate Planning students in 2001 and 2002, for Integretec Group
  7. “Family Law” presented at the First National “Women, Wealth and Success Conference” at Sydney, 20 February 2002
  8. “Taxation Issues in Family Law”, Sydney, 30 May 2003, CLE Centre
  9. “Guarding Assets against Marriage and Relationship Breakdown” presented 28 October 2003, Sydney, LexisNexis
  10. “Asset Protection on Relationship Breakdown”, Estate Planning Series, Seminars presented in each of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in 2004 for LexisNexis
  11. “Drafting Pre-Nuptial Agreements” presented in Sydney on 12 May 2004 for LexisNexis
  12. “Taxation Pitfalls for Family Lawyers”, Committee presenter, National Family Law Conference, Gold Coast, QLD 2004
  13. “New Developments in Family Law”, Chairperson, 8 February 2005 for The College of Law Seminar series, Sydney
  14. “Drafting, Enforcing and Setting Aside Financial Agreements”, presented 11 May 2005 at 14th Annual Family Law Masterclass, Sydney for LexisNexis
  15. “Confusion Reigns Supreme – The Family Court grapples with Superannuation, Big Money Cases and The Add Back of Legal Fees”, College of Law, Sydney, August 2005
  16. “Negotiating and Drafting Pre-Nuptial Agreements” presented in Adelaide on 15 September 2005 for LexisNexis
  17. “Big Money Cases in Family Law”, Seminar for Gold Coast, QLD practitioners, December 2005
  18. Family Law Property Series “Treatment of Trusts; and Part VIIIAA of the Family Law Act”, Chairperson, 26 July 2006, for Television Education Network
  19. “Notional Property- Add Backs of property in Family Law”, QLD Family Law Practitioner Association Conference, Twin Waters, QLD, August 2006
  20. Chairperson, ALB Family Law Masterclass on Family Law, Sydney, 15 March 2007
  21. “Property – Family Law Case Update 2007” by Paul Doolan and Amy Nolan, 30/11/07, Sydney, LegalWise Family Law Seminar on Property, Super and Tax in Family Law
  22. “Property Case Law Developments in Family Law in 2007-2008” by Paul Doolan and Amy Nolan, March 2008, Sydney, CLE Centre
  23. “Now you see it, now you don’t – Notional property and add backs in family law”, National Family Law Conference, Adelaide, April 2008
  24. “Are the Rewards worth the Risks – drafting Cohabitation Agreements and Financial Agreements”, co-presented with John Barkus, Calabro Qld Family Law Practitioners conference, Gold Coast, August 2008
  25. “Big Money Cases”, audio interview for Television Education Network, September 2008
  26. “Treatment of Special Contributions – The Family Court and Big Money cases”, LAAMS, 2009
  27. “Financial Agreements”, TEN conference, Gold Coast, QLD, 2010
  28. “International Elements in Financial Cases in Family Law”, Michael Kent SC and Paul Doolan, National Family Law Conference, Canberra, ACT.
  29. “Everything you always wanted to know about binding financial agreements – but were too afraid to ask” presented at the Family law Intensives arranged by the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, 2010.
  30. “De Facto Financial Proceedings”, Judge Dr Tom Altobelli and Paul Doolan, Family Law Intensives and Tasmanian Family Lawyers conference, presented in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania in 2011.
  31. “Binding Financial Agreements”, North Queensland Lawyers Association, Townsville, May 2011
  32. “Developments in Australian Family Law” presented at the IAML Annual General Conference, Harrogate, England, 2012
  33. “Family Violence Reforms – what lawyers need to know”, Webinar presented by Family Law Section of Law Council, 2012
  34. “Property Settlement after Stanford” by Hon Stephen O’Ryan QC and Paul Doolan, Family Law Intensives, presented in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, 2013
  35. “Stanford and the High Court” presented by Paul Doolan and Melinda Winning, Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association, 2013
  36. “Latest and Greatest” presented with David Berman SC at the Family Law Intensive arranged by the Family Law Section of the Law Council, Adelaide, SA in 2013
  37. Co-Chair with Michael Kearney SC of the 16th National Family Law Conference presented by the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and held in Sydney, NSW from 7-10 October 2014
  38. “Financial agreements – the good, the bad and the (very) ugly” presented for the Parramatta Family Law Practitioners Association at the Family Court, May 2015