Melinda Winning

Partner Family Law
Accredited Specialist


Melinda was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and has been an Accredited Specialist in Family Law since 2003. She has exclusively practiced family law for over 21 years, including property, spouse maintenance, child support, international child abduction, complex parenting cases and proceedings involving third party creditors, including trustees in bankruptcy. Melinda has been with the firm since 2001 and became a Partner of the firm in 2011. Melinda regularly presents papers at legal conferences throughout Australia. Melinda has also been involved in a number of Appeals that have been decided by the Full Court across a wide range of areas, including parenting, child support, spouse maintenance and Pre-Nuptial Agreements.

Melinda’s depth of knowledge and ability to identify with clients allows her to approach all aspects of her practice with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for clients through mediation, if possible, or litigation. Melinda is also qualified as an Arbitrator.

Melinda is trained in Collaborative Practice and is a member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals and Collaborative Professionals (NSW).

“Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market” has ranked Melinda as the following:

“Leading” Family and Divorce Lawyers in Sydney in 2018, 2019 and 2020

“Leading” Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers for NSW in 2018, 2019 and 2020

“Leading” Family Lawyers (High-Value & Complex Property Matters) for NSW in 2020



Bachelor of Laws

Accredited Specialist – Family Law (NSW)

Admitted to practice in the NSW Supreme Court

Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia

Memberships and appointments

The Law Society of New South Wales

The Law Council of Australia – Family Law Section


  1. Author – Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Do’s & Don’ts – Or Maybe Just Don’t
  2. Author – Binding Child Support Agreements: Exceptional or Inflexible?
  3. Author – Financial Agreements – Why Practitioners should “Beware”


  1. “Interactive Property Session” presented at the Sydney Family Law Conference, 2014
  2. “Binding Child Support Agreements: Exceptional or Inflexible?” presented at the Melbourne Family Law Intensive, 2014
  3. “Stanford and the High Court” presented by Paul Doolan and Melinda Winning, Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association, 2013
  4. “Overview in Family Law”, 2013
  5. “The Do’s and Don’ts of Pre-Nuptial Agreements” presented at the Young Lawyers Family Law Day, 2013
  6. “Financial and Life Planning – A Family Law Perspective”, 2013
  7. “Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Do’s & Don’ts – Or Maybe Just Don’t” presented at the Gold Coast Annual Family Law Conference, 2012
  8. “Financial Agreements: Why Practitioners should “Beware”, 2011