Allysha-Jane Merrett


T: +61 2 8231 5919


  • RMIT University (2023)

    Master of Business Administration
  • Certificate in Not for Profit Governance & Risk (2021)

    Governance Institute of Australia
  • NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist (Family Law) (2021)
  • Legal Aid (2019)

    Independent Children’s Lawyer Training
  • FMRC (2019)

    Practice Management Training
  • (Family Law) (2017)

    Master of Laws
  • Uniting Care (2016) (FDRP)

    Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
  • University of Newcastle (2013)

    Bachelor of Law
  • University of Newcastle (2012)

    Bachelor of Social Science
  • Certificate IV in Celebrancy (2012)
  • NMAS Accredited Mediator
  • November 2023 to May 2024
    Peter Cummings SC
    Research Assistant



  • July 2023 to November 2023 (locum)
    York Law
    Special Counsel

    Preparing written advices

    Drafting pleadings, points of claim and other legal documents


  • February 2022 to March 2023
    Broun Abrahams Burreket
    Senior Associate

    Prepared written advices

    Drafted pleadings, points of claim and other legal documents


  • November 2021 to present
    Women’s Lawyers Association
    Vice President

    Event planning


    Reviewing submissions

    Strategic planning

  • June 2020 to February 2022
    Watts McCray Lawyers
    Practice Leader

    Accredited Specialist (family law)

    Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

    Managed 7 employed lawyers & support staff including setting performance targets, managing budgets, coordinating leave, coordinating and encouraging professional development of staff, organising and speaking at networking events

    Prepared written advices

    Drafted pleadings, points of claim and other legal documents


    Authored articles, recording videos and publishing peer reviewed journal articles

    Coordinated pro bono initiatives with the Redfern Legal Centre

    Represented children as an Independent Children’s Lawyer

  • March 2015 to April 2020
    Turnbull Hill Lawyers
    Senior Lawyer (Criminal & Family law Department)

    Managed and set performance targets and carried out performance reviews for 4 employed solicitors and 2 support staff

    Conducted seminars for the public

    Lectured at the traffic offenders’ program (TORP)

    Authored articles, recorded videos and published peer reviewed journal articles

    Performed and appeared for clients at mediations


    Preparation of matters for final hearing and associated interlocutory proceedings

    File management

    Drafted pleadings, written submissions including mental health applications, severity appeals, and other legal documents

    Networked with other professionals

  • March 2015 to November 2017
    Tantrum Youth Arts

    Provided legal advice to the board

    Assessment of legal issues and development of resolution strategies

    Assisted with fundraising

  • August 2014 to March 2015
    Dawson Solicitors

    Specialised in family law, property law, wills & estates and criminal law.


    Website construction

    Developed marketing strategies including first step consultation packages

    Hiring and management of staff

  • Fiduciary duties

    After ten years as a solicitor Allysha-Jane Merrett commenced practice at the Bar in 2024.

    She obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle in 2013 having been conferred a Bachelor of Social Science in 2012.

    Since her admission as a lawyer in 2014 she has gained extensive experience in a wide range of areas including family law, criminal law, estate litigation and a variety of commercial disputes.

    Before relocating to Sydney in 2020 Allysha-Jane worked as a senior lawyer with responsibility for a large family and criminal law practice in Newcastle and appeared regularly as a solicitor advocate in the Local, District, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and Children’s Court.

    Immediately prior to commencing at the bar Allysha-Jane was special counsel in a leading Sydney family law firm.

    She has conducted numerous family law cases including complex financial and parenting disputes successfully drawing upon her experience and qualifications including:

    • Masters of Applied Family Law (College of Law 2017);
    • Specialist Accreditation (Family Law) Law Society of NSW (2021); and
    • Master of Business Administration (RMIT 2023).

    She is an NMAS accredited mediator (AIFLAM), Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and is available to mediate family law cases.

    Allysha-Jane is the current Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association NSW. She has volunteered as a solicitor for the Redfern Legal Centre, University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Women’s Legal Service NSW and as a trainer for Relationships Australia in navigating the financial aspects of the  Family Law Act.

    Allysha-Jane accepts briefs to appear and advise in the following areas:

    • Family law – property and parenting
    • Equity
    • Wills & Probate
    • Criminal law
    • Care & Protection
    • Commercial law
    • Contracts


    Allysha-Jane Merrett