Kristie Smith is the Legal Practice Director of Meillon & Bright Legal; family lawyers in Western Australia and New South Wales. Kristie has worked exclusively in family law since 2009 and currently provides services primarily to clients in Sydney and Perth.
Kristie commenced her family law career working for the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia, in Canberra. She then started her private practice experience in one of Canberra’s leading family law firms working with clients in both private and public sector, gaining experience in government (and defence) entitlements, superannuation, and pensions.
A move to Perth in 2012, saw her continue private practice at one of Perth’s largest family law firms. During this time, Kristie worked closely with Special Counsel and gained extensive experience in litigation. Through this experience in complex parenting and property matters which were active in the Court, Kristie gained the expertise to now spend regular time as Counsel in both the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and Family Court of Western Australia.
Kristie practises in all areas of family law and is well-versed in advising clients across diverse issues in family law matters. She has expertise in complicated property matters involving complex structures such as several corporate entities and trusts, tax issues and self-managed superannuation funds. Kristie has a particular interest in farming matters and the complexity of multi-generational ownership.
Kristie is also experienced in complex parenting matters. Through her experience as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, She regularly appears in Court to act for vulnerable children at risk.
Kristie has appeared regularly in relocation matters, intense familial conflict, and more discrete parenting matters such as change of name, travel with children and school issues. Kristie’s focus in parenting matters is protecting children from conflict (where possible) and centring the conduct of the matter on the outcomes for the child.
Kristie is respected for her pragmatic approach, focused on resolving the key issues in dispute and providing immediate value to her clients.
Kristie is a member of the Legal Aid panel. She also has professional memberships with:
Kristie is recognised in the Doyles Guide as a Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer and a Leading Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matter Lawyer.