Legal services in Port Macquarie

Hannaway Lawyers was established in Port Macquarie in February of 2002. Since then, we have assisted clients in a diverse range of cases related to civil, criminal, family, property conveyancing and wills and estates.

Whether you are due in court for a small matter or a serious and complex case, our solicitors work with you to get your best possible results. We handle every matter with the same care, consideration and professionalism that we would expect from a professional representing us.

Hannaway Lawyers has highly valued, knowledgeable and motivated staff. We endeavour to provide the highest quality services possible. Our team strives to be correct on the law, respectful, skilled in representation and compassionate with every client.

Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for our clients, and we consistently work to achieve this.

Accredited specialists

One of the advantages of using our firm is that we have an accredited specialist in Family Law and Criminal Law. Only 6.7% of all lawyers in NSW have accreditation in Criminal Law and 13.3% in Family Law. Only 2% of lawyers have both accreditations at once.

You may see other firms describe themselves as specialists, but if they are not Accredited Specialists, then they are not recognized by the Law Society of NSW as being a specialist. Having the specialist accreditation means that the solicitor has spent more time studying criminal and family law, and passed oral and written exams, assignments, provided a portfolio of work and demonstrate that they have more experience handling such cases.

All of our staff are mentored and closely monitored by our accredited specialist. We often obtain successful outcomes because of this concentrated expertise and experience.

Accredited Specialist Family Law - Hannaway Lawyers Port Macquarie NSW
Accredited Specialist Criminal Law - Hannaway Lawyers Port Macquarie NSW
Why Choose Us

The easiest way to ensure that you have quality representation for any legal matter is by consulting with one of the solicitors at Hannaway Lawyers. We are proud to serve the community in Port Macquarie and surrounding areas.

Aside from having an Accredited Specialist in Criminal and Family Law, we also have special expertise in domestic violence, divorce, civil matters, preparing wills, power of attorney’s and enduring guardianship, challenging wills and other legal matters. We provide advice on a broad range of issues and accept cases pertaining to criminal, civil, family, property and children’s law, along with appeals, civil litigation and regional and supreme court matters.

There are two ways that Hannaway Lawyers helps its clients. The first is when our clients come to us at the beginning of their legal matter. We work on their case from the very first motions to the final appeal, if necessary.

There are other instances where we join a case at a later date. Perhaps you were unhappy with the way your previous solicitors handled your case, and you would prefer that Hannaway Lawyers take over your matter.

With Hannaway Lawyers on your side, you have an excellent chance of achieving a favourable outcome in your case. Given our business has served the region since 2002, we know a great deal about how the law works in the area. Every solicitor at Hannaway Lawyers is experienced and certified, and do ongoing continuing Legal development courses each year.

If you are seeking reasonably priced, personalised, caring and expert legal assistance from a team of solicitors that can handle cases of any magnitude, you will not find a better firm than Hannaway Lawyers.

Accredited Specialist Family Law - Hannaway Lawyers Port Macquarie NSW
Accredited Specialist Criminal Law - Hannaway Lawyers Port Macquarie NSW

Our team

When you hire Hannaway Lawyers, you are receiving access to some of the top legal minds in the region.

Douglas Hannaway

Douglas Hannaway is the principal lawyer at the practice. Douglas has been in general practice since being admitted as a lawyer, with his primary focus on criminal and family law.

He holds Specialist Accreditation from The Law Society of NSW related in Family Law and Criminal Law. He is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer, as he was accepted onto a specialist panel of lawyers who represent children in serious or complex Family Law disputes.

Douglas is on the Summary Crime Panel (Local Court), Indictable Crime Panel (District Court) and Serious Crime Panel (Supreme Court) for criminal law. In Family Law, he is on the Family Law Panel, ICL Panel, Domestic Violence Panel, and Domestic Violence Cross Examination Panel. He is also on the Mental Health Review Panel, Care and Protection Panels for children and adults and Children’s Crime Panel. Douglas accepts a limited number of Legal Aid matters and considers applications on a case by case basis.

Gabrielle Hannaway

Gabrielle Hannaway was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in 2015, after studying a 4 year Bachelors of Law degree, and shadowing an experienced barrister for 12 months. Since then she has done extensive work in family law, criminal law, civil litigation and more; having worked on simple and complex matters in a variety of Courts.

Some criminal cases she has successfully resolved include AVO matters, PCA’s and DUI’s, assaults, wounding with intent, armed robberies, sexual assault, and accessory to manslaughter.

In Family Law she has successfully obtained location orders, recovery orders, no contact orders, changes of residency from one parent to another, and sole parental responsibility orders. She is effective in mediations and is able to work collaboratively with other practitioners to minimize costs of litigation where appropriate.

Gabrielle is appointed to and takes on selected cases from the following Legal Aid Panels: Family Law, Summary Crime Panel, Indictable Crime Panel, Domestic Violence Panel and the new Domestic Violence Cross-Examination Panel.

Gabrielle is constantly gaining further qualifications, and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Family Law.

Gabrielle is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer. She has been accepted onto a specialist panel of lawyers who represent children in serious or complex Family Law disputes.

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