Our Expertise

Family and Relationship Law

Judy Swan leads the family law team at Swan Lawyers. Judy’s experience in the field and her qualification as an Honours Graduate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cape Town places her in a position where she is able to assist you through the traumatic process of separation and divorce with both delicacy and compassion without losing sight of the importance of the process.

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Domestic Violence Allegations

Judy’s extensive background and expertise in criminal law between 1988 and 2004 in South Africa and again from 1996 until 1998 in Australia where she worked primarily in the area, provides her with the skill and expertise to assist you in any claim against you in the Criminal Courts for Domestic Violence Allegations.

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Binding Financial Agreements

Binding financial agreements can be made at any time before a relationship or marriage, during a relationship or marriage and after a separation.

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Wills and Estate Planning

Our principal spent 16 years as in house counsel for a company which grew to have over 3000 employees across all states and territories of Australia. She was critical in negotiating a separate enterprise agreement with the union which represented the majority of the workforce.

Domestic Violence allegations

Judy Swan’s extensive background and expertise in criminal law between 1988 and 1994 in South Africa, in 1995 in New Zealand and again from 1996 until 1998 in Australia where she worked primarily in the area, provides her with the skill and expertise to aid you in any claim against you in the Criminal Courts for Domestic Violence Allegations.

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Criminal Law

Judy Swan appeared for eight different clients in eight murder cases in South Africa as a barrister between 1988 and 1989 prior to the abolition of the death penalty, seven of whom were acquitted of all crimes and one who was convicted of common assault. Judy’s success as a criminal barrister led to her acting as a criminal lawyer in South Africa almost wholly and solely between 1989 until 1994.

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Employment Law

Judy Swan spent 14 years as in house counsel between 1999 and 2013 working for a company which grew to have over 3000 employees across all states and territories of Australia. Judy was critical in negotiating a separate enterprise agreement with the union which represented the majority of the workforce.

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Wills and Succession

Dying intestate can be disastrous for your next of kin or loved ones. Making a Will which is not properly considered, can be too.  While making a Will can be difficult, upsetting or time consuming, it is very necessary.  It is important to make sure that you are able to provide for those who depend on you and those you wish to benefit on your death. 

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Notary Public

Judy Swan is a notary public and was admitted as such in October 2014 without limitation in time. Documents which have to be authenticated, prepared, certified, witnessed and certify original and copied documents for overseas countries, can only be undertaken by a Notary Public. Because Judy can speak and read up to seven languages and has access to a multi-lingual workforce, she is able to notarise documents for you without any fuss.

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Commercial and Civil Litigation

The law is no longer accessible to the general population.  There is nothing more stressful than to be involved in litigation where someone is suing you for large sums of money or where your builder has failed to build what you expected. Swan Lawyers evaluates the quantum of your claim, the cost of your litigation both financially and emotionally and makes recommendations based on what would be the most appropriate commercial outcome before resorting to demanding litigation.

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Public Liability

Swan Lawyers can act on your behalf if you have suffered and injury or have a claim in relation to an assault by the Police or any other person or where you have fallen over in a public place. Specialist practitioners are engaged to assess your claims and to ensure that you are not left empty pocketed if any claim is instituted.

Commercial Law

Buying and selling business is stressful. Due diligence has to be undertaken. Commercial savvy has to be injected.  Parties have to negotiate a commercial deal without losing the deal.  Judy Swan brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and corporate law experience.

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Business and Start-ups

As a consequence of our own experience of starting up a law firm and working in a law firm which dealt largely with start-up enterprises, Swan Lawyers has the ability to provide all start-up companies with advice in relation to corporate structures and legal documents.

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Property Law

Swan Lawyers can assist you if you wish to buy or sell a home or lease or rent a property.

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Multi Lingual Services

Judy Swan can provide multi lingual support in number of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Dutch and Portuguese. Judy can assist clients in interpreting and better understand the implications and application of the Law across all services Swan Lawyers provide.

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