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Heather McKinnon

Partner | Accredited Family Law Specialist

While raised in Tamworth, Heather McKinnon has built her formidable reputation over three decades practicing in Coffs Harbour. Now one of the leading Family Law authorities in the country, her focus has always remained on helping people right here in this community to achieve the best possible outcomes in often difficult and traumatic times.

Heather’s style is frank and solutions focused. Not one to put people on a process driven treadmill, she works to understand her client’s individual circumstances and guide them through complex family transitions.

Exceptionally qualified, Heather not only has a specialist family law accreditation, she is also the region’s only private sector Qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer and has qualified as an Arbitrator under the Family Law Act Regulations.

“It is my firm belief that Family Law is all about balance, care and absolute fairness, especially where children are involved.”

Heather’s attachment to this region extends well beyond her exceptional legal skills. She has long played a role in community building projects. Over the years she has worked tirelessly with organisations such as the National Marine Science Centre, Warina Women’s Refuge and the Mid North Coast Development Board. Most recently she has taken up the role of President of the Friends of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, to help increase exposure for the arts in the region.

Professional Qualifications

Arbitrator under Family Law Act Regulations – 2001
Accredited Family Law Specialist (Law Society of NSW) – 1993
Qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer – 1991
Admitted to High Court of Australia – 1984
Admitted as Solicitor by NSW Supreme Court – 1984
BA LLB Macquarie University – 1983

Memberships & Associations

Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Law Society of NSW
NSW Women’s Lawyers Association
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (USA)
Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

Board and Advisory Committee Positions

Current
Member, Specialist Accreditation Family Law Advisory Committee
Member, Professional Standards Board, Anglican Church of NSW
President, Friends of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Past

Member, Board of Women’s Legal Services NSW

Chairperson – Regional Committee Family Law Section (Law Council of Australia)
Director – Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators & Mediators. (AIFLAM) Member – National Marine Science Centre Advisory Committee Member – Warina Women’s Refuge Committee
Member – Child and Parent Support Services Committee
Member – Mid North Coast Development Board
Founding Board Member – Enterprise Training Company
Vice President – Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce