About Us

Our Principal Director, Nicole Evans, has over 18 years experience at national and boutique law firms in family law, criminal law and wills & estates litigation. Having worked in some of Sydney's leading law firms, Nicole is highly experienced in several practice areas.

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OUR EXPERTISE

We regularly appear in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in property and parenting matters and our client base includes mums and dads, same-sex couples, high net worth individuals, business people, celebrities and sporting professionals. We also act for parents and foster carers in care & protection matters.

 

Our firm also has extensive criminal law experience with AVO's, assaults, sexual assaults, theft, drugs, mental health applications, firearms, fraud, ASIC prosecutions, Crime Commission  matters, bail applications and appeals and Children's Court matters.  

In the Doyle's Guide Nicole Evans is rated by her peers as a Recommended NSW Estate Litigation Lawyer.  Nicole is  also the author of Lesbians & The Law: A Guidebook for Australian Families.

WHERE TO FIND US

Our firm is conveniently located in World Tower, in the heart of the Sydney CBD. 

We are assisted by a team of paralegals and support staff to ensure your case gets all the attention it needs.

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Meet the Team

 

NICOLE EVANS  |  Principal director

Our Principal Director Nicole Evans develops long standing relationships with her clients and has particular expertise in criminal and family law cases involving allegations of indecent/sexual assault/domestic violence and same-sex parenting matters.

Nicole is an empathetic and strong advocate for her clients and understands how stressful litigation can be. Nicole takes the time to ensure her clients feel supported and defended through the legal process.

Nicole is a Collaboratively trained lawyer and can assist family law clients in Collaborative Practice.

 

In the Doyle's Guide Nicole Evans is rated by her peers as a Recommended NSW Estate Litigation Lawyer.  Nicole is also the author of Lesbians & The Law: A Guidebook for Australian Families.

Nicole is passionate about the law. She loves writing and has been published in The Huffington Post Australia and Mamamia. Nicole is also an avid cook and appeared on Season One of Come Dine with Me Australia and Season One of Masterchef Australia.

Nicole was featured on the 7.30 Report on the ABC as the legal expert on the High Court case of Masson v Parsons. Go to our Press page to see all of Nicole's interviews and articles.

Nicole was also featured as the Family Lawyer in the NSW Law Society's new podcast series 'Lawfully Explained', in the podcast 'Unhappy Marriage, Happy Divorce?'

Nicole is a member of the NSW Law Society, Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW, Member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals (AACP) and Collaborative Professionals NSW (CPNSW).

KAREN OLIVEIRA | LAWYER / PRACTICE DIRECTOR

Karen graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney and was admitted as lawyer in
New South Wales in 2012. She completed her practical legal training at Marrickville Legal
Centre where she was exposed a to variety of matters.


After graduating, Karen worked for a boutique firm in Sydney where she was involved in
large corporate litigation matters. She has also worked in a large international firm assisting
in mergers & acquisitions and commercial litigation.


Since early 2017, Karen has developed a passion for family law and criminal law. She joined
Nicole Evans Lawyers in 2019.


Originally from Brazil, Karen has been living in Australia for the last 18 years. Her vibrant
and compassionate personality is an asset to our firm and clients.

OUR DIFFERENCE

 We are on a mission to provide our clients with superior results, without charging an arm and a leg.

SAM LEWIS  |  ASSOCIATE

Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the University of Newcastle in 2018. During his time studying, Sam developed a keen interest in Family Law and advocacy.

Sam gained experience representing clients in complex property, parenting, family violence and child protection matters in the Family Law team of a well-respected, large boutique firm in Newcastle, before joining Nicole Evans Lawyers.

Sam fosters positive, compassionate and trusting relationships with his clients to ensure they feel comfortable, well-informed and supported when experiencing family disputes.

Admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW and in the High Court of Australia, Sam has represented clients in Courts across all jurisdictions both State and Federal.

Outside of the law, Sam practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has played competively in rugby union and cricket sides throughout NSW. 

Through his sporting endeavours, Sam has developed a keen sense for discipline and dedication which he translates in striving to achieve the best results for his clients.

EMILY BARKER  |  Director - FAMILY LAW

Emily has specialised in family law since her admission as a lawyer in 2014 and is an expert in her field. She advises clients across a diverse spectrum of family law matters including complex financial cases, parenting matters involving serious allegations of family violence and sexual abuse, and de facto matters.  

Emily's life experience and technical expertise ensures that every client feels empowered and supported in what can be challenging circumstances. She has natural strengths in representing and dealing with complex personal matters and appreciates that for many people, this may be the first time they are interacting with the legal system and that an empathetic advocate is key.

Prior to her path as a lawyer, Emily had a decade-long career in television as a sports reporter for both Channel 10 and Channel 9 and also as a reporter on Channel 9's 'A Current Affair' program. She also had the privilege of working as an advisor to the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Univeristy of Queensland and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Women Lawyers Association of NSW and the Law Society of NSW.

 THOMAS DE MARTINO |  LAWYER

Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Laws majoring in International Relations and Global Governance from Macquarie University in 2020. During his studies, Thomas developed a passion for social justice and recognised the importance of Family Law in administering social justice in people's day to day lives.

Thomas has gained valuable experience working as a Legal Information Officer with a Community Legal Centre and upon completion of his studies, Thomas worked as a clerk and Junior Lawyer for a prominent sole practitioner in Care & Protection Law.

Admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW, Thomas has experience working in both the Children's Court and the Federal Circuit and Family Court in the provision of legal services to clients who have experienced family violence and whose difficult personal circumstances qualified them for a grant of Legal Aid.

Thomas is well versed in listening to and discussing the legal issues of clients from all walks of life and is passionate about giving his clients a voice in the legal system. 

Outside of the law, Thomas loves to focus on his physical health and has a passion for good food. On the weekends, Thomas plays for his local rugby union club in the NSW Suburban Rugby Union Competition.

KayLah walsh  |  paralegal

Kaylah joined Nicole Evans Lawyers in February 2021 and is currently in her final year of university studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Psychological Science) at Macquarie University.

She found her passion for family law in high school through studying legal studies. During high school Kaylah developed her leadership skills through completing leadership programs, including the Mitchell Youth Leadership Program and Max Potential. At the end of her Max Potential Scholarship, Kaylah created 'Helping Hero: Right Start Initiative', to raise awareness and take action to help all students in Australia have the right to start their education in Australia.

Kaylah's passion and drive for helping others is apparent in her strong work ethic.

In her spare time, Kaylah loves to stay active through HIIT training, boxing and taking her dog for a walk. She also loves cooking for her family and friends.

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BRIE HICKS | PARALEGAL

Brie is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Brie has worked in client-based services for over 12 years and understands the importance of developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Through this work, Brie has developed her ability to empathetically manage client-based work and swiftly handle disputes.

She developed her passion for family law through competing in the UTS Law Student's Society Advice Writing Competition: on family law (property). Brie won the competition and decided to pursue her passion with our firm. She has a particular interest in property matters and parenting matters involving allegations of family violence.

Prior to joining Nicole Evans Lawyers, Brie assisted a senior criminal defence barrister and undertook an internship at a Community Legal Centre. 

Brie also has a deep-seated interest in style, art and design. She brings her creativity, ability to genuinely connect with clients, and strong work ethic to both her studies and her work.

WE SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY

This comes from our progressive approach to the law and our commitment to client service.

 

Our aim is to simplify the law for our clients and take away the complexity of the litigation process.

 

We recognise that every case is different and requires a unique set of skills and attention.

 

We offer our clients Online Services to legal documents that should not cost an arm and a leg.​

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WHO WE WORK WITH

We work with  Sydney's leading criminal and family law barristers 

WE PICK THE BRIGHTEST BUNCH

We work with Sydney's leading barristers.

 

Waratah Chambers

Culwulla Chambers

Forbes Chambers

Trust Chambers

Denman Chambers

Wentworth Selbourne Chambers

Maurice Byers Chambers

Family Law Chambers

FEES & CHARGES

An initial discussion is always free

FIXED FEE INITIAL CONSULTATION

​We have a client-focused billing philosophy, and we will discuss the fees with you at the outset before starting your matter.  

We offer fixed fee initial consultations to provide you with advice on the spot to help you get your matter started.

Our commitment to you is to get you the best result possible.

 

Contact us to discuss your needs and how we can help you.

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HOW WE WORK

We build long term relationships with our clients

WE CUT THROUGH THE LEGAL JARGON

We build long term relationships with our clients.

We get to know who you are and what brought you to us in the first place so we understand the legal issues you face and how we can help you through those issues.

We know you are busy. We can discuss your matter in person, by email, Facetime or Skype. We can come to your office or home or meet you at our office.  

 

We work to achieve the best outcome for you. ​

 

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.