Our Practice

We specialise and practise only in Family Law.

Our expertise and experience is in litigation relating to complex, complicated or just plain difficult cases in the Family Court system.

The practice’s major focus and substantial experience is in the area of the financial aspects of marital divorce and defacto settlements (property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support).

Several of our lawyers have substantial experience in and a long continuing interest in complex cases relating to children. They will consider accepting instructions in selected matters where there are special or unusual issues such as relocation applications (either international or interstate), children of same sex relationships, gender reassignment and special needs children (but not sexual abuse cases).

David Burrell started the firm in 1974. The practice is a small, independent, specialised private client only boutique firm.

As all our lawyers have substantial expertise and experience, and because we concentrate on the one only area of law, our need to brief Barristers for opinions is rare.

The practice is arguably the one pure Family Law practice in Adelaide as the firm accepts instructions only in Family Law matters and refers on all other legal work including Wills, conveyancing or estates to firms that are experts in those fields.

The firm has a depth and breadth and strength in Family Law litigation which is arguably unequalled in Adelaide. Between us, it is unlikely that there would be any areas of Family Law where at least one of us has not handled similar matters.

Our aim in running such a niche practice is to enable our clients to receive the personal care, attention and expertise so necessary during what is often the most difficult period of their life.
It is an exclusive and discreet personal practice providing old fashioned service and attention, coupled with up to the minute creative and individual advice.
In all cases we provide input into each other’s matters and, where necessary in large complex matters, work as a team.

David is a Notary Public and a long time Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

Sam is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and is also admitted to practise in Victoria.

Alicia is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and is a former Deputy Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.

Siobhan is a current member and a former Deputy Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.

Lara is a member of the Women’s Lawyers Association of South Australia.

Each of us were born in and have lived in Adelaide most of our lives.
We are all admitted to practise in South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
We are all members of the Law Society of South Australia and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
We are all passionate about the practice of Family Law.

Samuel Burrell – Principal

Sam was admitted to practise 19 years ago. He has extensive Family Law only experience, having practised in Melbourne until 2006. His experience and particular interest is in complex child support issues, living together and pre-marital agreements. He has substantial experience in difficult and complex financial cases including acting for or against high net worth people. He is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Alicia Furman – Senior Lawyer

Alicia was admitted to practise 11 years ago. She has more than usual Family Law only experience for her age having clerked for 2 years and then practised for 2 years in the Family Law Department of a well known Adelaide Commercial Law Firm. Her experience and particular interests are in the financial aspects of defacto relationship matters, complex children’s matters and property settlement matters, particularly in relation to small businesses and valuation areas. She is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Siobhan Parker – Senior Lawyer

Siobhan was admitted to practise 21 years ago. She has essentially practised only in Family Law for all of that time. She has previously practised in the Family Law departments of two prominent Adelaide Commercial Law firms and in a boutique Family Law practice. Her experience is in every aspect of Family Law, particularly complex litigation relating to children’s issues and property settlement matters.

Lara Di Fabio – Lawyer

Lara was admitted to practise 3 years ago. Her legal experience is essentially only in Family Law. Her particular interests are in children’s matters and complicated property settlement matters. She is studying for a Masters Degree in Family Law.

David Burrell – Founder/Senior Special Counsel

David was admitted to practise 45 years ago. He has practised only in Adelaide, primarily in the Family Law area and, for most of his career, exclusively so. He is the most senior and experienced Family Law solicitor in Adelaide.

David has a particular interest and many years’ specialised experience and expertise in the more complex and unusual property settlement and financial disputes involving commercial, business, partnership, trust, company, superannuation and valuation issues, as well as in preparing and advising on living together and pre and post-nuptial contracts.

David’s relatively new role in the practice is such that he is now more available to assist all clients and the solicitors in the practice with advice, particularly strategic advice in difficult negotiations, instructing in Court in Trials or substantial interim hearings, the drafting and settling of complex Court or other documents, attending Court or private mediation conferences for clients and is involved in any of the firm’s matters as our clients or our solicitors require.

Interstate and Overseas

The firm has a very close relationship with Burrell Family Law in Melbourne, a Family Law only practice conducted by Prudence Burrell (David’s daughter / Samuel’s sister) who is also an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Otherwise, the firm has extensive contacts with leading Family Law firms throughout Australia and worldwide.

Our Office

We practise from an old (by Adelaide standards), late 19th Century historic building in Walkerville (a near city suburb) just 10 minutes from the CBD and the Family Law Courts. The building has had past lives as a grocery store, antique shop, boutique and, in the 1980’s, as professional medical rooms. It provides excellent, comfortable and relaxed accommodation for a boutique Family Law practice and has the advantage of parking at the door.

We provide as a bonus to our clients (and even sometimes our opponents!) cafe quality coffee and there’s always some chocolates in the reception area.

Initial Contact

We are happy to have an initial, brief talk to you on the telephone without obligation or you may email us using the ‘contact us’ link on this website. We can establish if your case is a suitable case for our practice and you can get a feel for whether we would suit you and your matter. If you decide to retain us, we can determine which of our lawyers would be appropriate for the issues involved in your matter and tell you what, if any, material you need to bring to the initial consultation.