Paula Pfingst


Phone: (03) 9641 2000

Fax:      (03) 9641 2099


Paula joins Sayer Jones from Berry Family Law. She has worked exclusively in family law throughout her career. She completed her Bachelor of Law with first class honours and Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Creative and Professional Writing with distinction at Queensland University of Technology. Paula received the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland Prize in 2012 and was admitted as a legal practitioner in Queensland in January 2013.

Prior to moving to Melbourne, Paula worked as a Legal Associate to two judges in the Family Court of Australia for six months before moving to the role of Associate to one of those Judges for a further 18 months. Paula has been fortunate to work closely with members of the judiciary on a daily basis and has gained valuable insight into how complex cases are determined. She has spent extensive time in Court, both in first instance and appeal divisions. Paula therefore has a keen sense of the realistic outcomes a client can expect should a matter proceed to Court.

Paula has seen the emotional and financial toll litigation can bring to clients. She is therefore committed to providing clients measured and objective advice and negotiating matters towards an amicable resolution where possible. Paula is, however, comfortable and proficient in litigating matters through the Court system should it be necessary.

Paula practices in all areas of Family Law including property and parenting matters as well as Intervention Order matters. She has a wide range of experience but a special interest in cases involving relocation of children or international elements.  Paula combines high-level academic aptitude with practical ability and interpersonal skills to ensure clients receive the best possible representation. She chose to specialise in Family Law because is the area of law which effects people from all different backgrounds and involves a variety of issues. She is passionate about helping people through what is likely to be the most stressful and emotional time of their lives.

Paula is a member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Law Institute of Victorian, the Victorian Women Lawyers, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Golden Key International Honours Society and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.