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Sally Nicholes


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Areas of expertise

Sally has practiced exclusively in family law since 1995 and during that time has developed a strong practice with substantive experience in all aspects of family law, acting for a range of corporate, institutional, and private clients.

  • International family law disputes
    • dealing with complex corporate and trust structures,
    • financial restructuring combining succession planning/estate planning with corporate restructure,
  • Complex property settlements and litigation, including:
  • same-sex relationship,parenting or financial agreements
  • de facto cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements
  • complex parenting arrangements, including multi-party or high conflict disputes
  • child support matters
  • International child abduction
  • Inter-country adoption
  • International and domestic relocation disputes
  • complex child welfare issues including special medical procedures such as gender reassignment or body tissue donations
  • collaborative law

Sally also speaks German

Professional Experience

Sally has extensive involvement in international child abduction matters, including rewarded with a Certificate of Appreciation by the United States National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Australian Federal Police for her work on an operation that resulted in the successful location of an abducted child.  Also extensive involvement in special medical procedure applications, handling out-of-court settlements of both financial and children’s family law matters and handling contested hearing and appeal cases.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Law – University of Melbourne
  • Accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • Accredited in Collaborative Law – Law Institute of Victoria collaborative_lawlogo
  • Accredited arbitrator with the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)



Sally is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), the LIV Children and Youth Issues Committee, the Collaborative Law Section, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Board of the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, Deputy Chair of the Lasallian Foundation. She and fellow former Chief Justice of the Family Court, the Hon Alastair Nicholson, are currently working in Cambodia to establish their first child friendly justice system through an advocacy non for profit called Children’s Rights International

  • 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards – Victorian Finalist, Commonwealth Bank Business Award
  • 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards – Victorian Finalist, Nokia Business Innovation Award
  • 2007 Rogers Legal Writing Award (Highly commended)
  • 2005 Rogers Legal Writing Award (Highly commended)