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Deena Palethorpe


Bachelor of Social Science and Juris Doctor (B.SocSc; J.D.)
Member, NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Committee
Office. Sydney
ph. (02) 9283 5877
e. dpalethorpe@wattsmccray.com.au

Deena joined Watts McCray in 2017 and brings with her a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law. Deena is passionate about the practice of family law and is committed to assisting you to find a positive outcome through what can often be a difficult and traumatic time.

Deena has practised exclusively in the area of family law since her admission in December 2013 where she worked at a boutique family law firm in the Sydney CBD. In 2015, Deena’s interest in family law lead her to take up a position as an Associate to a Judge in the in the Melbourne Registry of the Federal Circuit Court. In this position, Deena gained invaluable experience about Court procedures and processes and how to best ensure the smooth running of a matter from the initial filing stage through to the final determination of the matter.

Since leaving her position at the Federal Circuit Court, Deena was employed at a well-regarded specialist Family Law firm in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs prior to joining Watts McCray.

Deena holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science from Macquarie University and graduated from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with a Juris Doctor. Whilst proficient in all aspect of family law, Deena has a particular interest in parenting matters. During her law degree, Deena completed a Research Thesis that examined attachment theory and considered the manner in which such research is permitted to be incorporated into evidence and the extent to which it influences the final determination. Accordingly, Deena is thoroughly aware of the different considerations and concerns when it comes to considering your child’s best interests and is able to assist you through this process.

Deena is an active community member and was a contributor to the recent publication ‘The Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law’, 5th edition and is currently completing a Masters of Law in Family Law.

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