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About Us

Our Approach:

Every family law matter is different, and has its own special set of circumstances. Family law disputes not only include children, property and divorce – they include the emotional and personal elements of each person who is caught up in the dispute. These difficult matters, with all of their complex elements, require an approach that recognises which dispute resolution method is correct in all of the circumstances.

All our lawyers are trained in the varying approaches – whether negotiating directly with your former partner or their lawyer, to hard fought litigation, or alternate dispute resolution in the form of mediation, or a combination of all three. Every matter needs a tailored approach, and our family lawyers in Melbourne will consider your circumstances, the law as it applies to your situation, and will assist you to bring your matter to finalisation, with the appropriate conclusion for you.

Our History:

Hartleys Lawyers was established in 2001 by Principal Solicitor Peter Love. Over the years, demand for our services has resulted in the establishing of multiple locations throughout the Melbourne area, and expansion to a team of lawyers all focused on our approach, and finalising your matter with the best possible outcome. Our team of lawyers have diverse backgrounds, and each bring to your matter a wealth of practice and experience.

Our Commitment to community:

From the first day of operation, Hartleys Lawyers has represented people who are privately funded as well as those with government assisted legal aid matters. We continue to represent people in receipt of government assisted grants, despite the funding cuts that have restricted who, and what legal aspects are eligible for legal representation.

We aim to attract the best solicitors to join our expanding team, and are committed to a best practice of the highest calibre. Many of our lawyers are also trained to be Independent Childrens’ Lawyers, and these are Court appointed lawyers who assist and act in the best interests of the children in any given matter.

Our values:

We are client focused, proactive and ethical. We are reliable and responsible. We do the best job we possibly can for you, and will strive for the highest quality and excellence in the work we do. We are accountable and responsible for our actions and decisions, and will work with the commitment that you expect when engaging our services, and that we expect from ourselves as a firm. We listen, and respect you, and each other, whilst working together to achieve the best possible result in your individual situation. We will not compromise on these values.

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