Representing Clients in Domestic Violence Matters

The numbers of domestic violence matters are exploding. Explore representing clients on both sides of domestic violence matters plus the relationship with Family law matters. Gain effective courtroom strategies including practical insights into cross examining expert witnesses and analyse recent sentencing decisions. Beyond legal updates, this practical guide also gives you real advice that you can implement in the best interests of your clients.

Friday, 14 June 2024

Katherine Dowling, Senior Solicitor, Curt Hoffmann Barrister & Solicitors, Recommended Traffic & DUI Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2023

Professional Skills
9.00am to 10.00am Practical Guide for Lawyers Representing Clients in a DVO Application or Defending in Breach Proceedings

Break down the steps lawyers can take to be ready when representing a respondent in a DVO application or an accused in breach proceedings.

  • Checking the case details
  • How to communicate with clients
  • Getting necessary documents with subpoenas
  • Understanding undertakings
  • Preparing for trial
  • Smart strategies for presenting the case

Presented by Sharon Auburn, Barrister-at-Law, Albert Wolff Chambers

10.00am to 11.00am Navigating Family Violence Restraining Orders: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence


  • The relationship with family law proceedings
  • Myth busting the intersection between Family Violence Restraining Orders and Family Law
  • Process and procedure of application, objection, mentions and final order hearings
  • Critical early actions for applicant and respondent
  • Negotiation strategies at the different stages of proceedings
  • Costs and the various outcomes

Presented by Katherine Bromfield, Legal Practitioner Director, Bromfield Family Law

11.00am to 11.15am Morning Tea
12.15pm to 1.15pm Sentencing: A Review of Recent Cases


  • The upwards trend of penalties for domestic violence offending
  • Mitigation through evidence of rehabilitation
  • Other decisions of importance
  • Mastering sentencing advocacy

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Professional Skills
11.15am to 12.15pm Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses


  • The decision whether to cross-examine at all
  • The nature of expert evidence
  • Preparation for the cross-examination
  • Consulting your own expert
  • Speaking to the opposition’s witness
  • Preparation of the specific essential questions
  • Querying the witness’ qualifications
  • Querying the validity of the disputed opinion
  • Putting the alternative theory or proposition

Presented by Tom F Percy KC, Albert Wolff Chambers, Leading Criminal Lawyer Barrister, Doyle’s Guide 2023


Attend and earn 4 CPD units including:
2 units in Substantive Law
2 units in Professional Skills

This program is based on WA legislation


Sharon Auburn, Barrister-at-Law, Albert Wolff Chambers
Sharon is a Barrister at Albert Wolff Chambers (Fourth Floor). She accepts briefs in all family law matters and criminal law matters. She regularly represents clients in Supreme Court, District Court and Magistrates Court trial matters. She has also done Appeal work. She has experience in dealing with murder manslaughter and serious criminal matters. Sharon was admitted to practice in 1991. She had her own law firm in Broome for 15 years and has worked in Perth for Frichot and Frichot as a Consultant and then as Special Counsel at Robertosn Halyes Lawyers. Sharon was called to the Bar in 2018.

Katherine Bromfield, Legal Practitioner Director, Bromfield Family Law
Katherine Bromfield is an experienced family lawyer and Director of Bromfield Family Law. Katherine represents clients in respect of parenting and financial issues arising from separation and the associated proceedings in the Family Court of Western Australia and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Katherine has a special interest in family violence, in particular the dynamics of coercive control and systems abuse, and regularly appears in restraining order proceedings in the Magistrates Court of WA. Katherine’s practice also extends to the Protection and Care jurisdiction of the Children’s Court of WA, representing respondent parents and foster parents. Katherine completed her Articled Clerkship and found her feet as a junior lawyer at Legal Aid WA, gaining experience in both criminal law and family law, then worked at a number of different private family law firms before starting her own family law practice in 2020. Family law disputes damage families and Katherine is committed to finding alternative pathways to litigation and practical solutions which allow families to move forward. Katherine is trained in mediation and collaboration and is currently serving as Vice President of Collaborative Professionals WA.

Katherine Dowling, Senior Solicitor, Curt Hofmann Barristers and Solicitors
Katherine graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Law from the University of Western Australia. She commenced her legal career at an international law firm, working in commercial civil litigation. She quickly realised, however, that she enjoys advocacy and working with ordinary people so started practicing in criminal law after completing her restricted practice. Katherine provides advice and representation in all areas of criminal and traffic law. She has extensive experience in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Court jurisdictions. She is counsel in jury trials, pre-trial applications and sentencing hearings. She has also assisted and briefed other prominent barristers. Katherine has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and prides herself on her ability to establish excellent working relationships with her clients and peers to ensure that matters are resolved in a professional, practical and cost-efficient manner. She has been repeatedly recognised as a leader in her field of criminal law, evidenced by her nomination in Doyles Guide from 2018-2023. In addition to her legal work, Katherine has sat as an adjudicator for disciplinary hearings on the Football West Tribunal, the WACA Tribunal & the Rugby WA Judiciary, was a committee member of the Criminal Lawyers Association from 2020.

Tom F Percy KC, Albert Wolff Chambers
Tom Percy KC was admitted to practice in 1978 after graduating from UWA. He was elected to the WA Bar Association in 1984 and took silk in 1997. He practices primarily in the area of Criminal trials and appeals. He is a former National Director and State President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. He won the WA Civil Justice Award in 2006, The WA Law Society Community Service Award in 2007 and the WA Lawyer of the Year award in 2013. He is currently Head of Chambers at Albert Wolff Chambers in Perth.


Representing Clients in Domestic Violence Matters


Morning Session
Friday, 14 June 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Perth
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