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We are three lawyers who are partners in a boutique specialised law firm. We have experienced first-hand the benefits of female business partners supporting each other, not only in our careers, but in our personal and family lives too.

Supporting one another helped us advance in our careers, raise a family if we chose to, and achieve the goals that we set out to.

By working together, more women can be leaders in their field. The key is trusting, encouraging, supporting and learning from one another.

Encouraging women to support one another enables more women to break through the glass ceiling, props them up when needed and ensures more women are recognised for what they have achieved.

CARLY MIDDLETON  Carly is a partner at Barkus Doolan Family Lawyers and has worked in the legal field for more than 15 years. Carly works with people following the breakdown of their marriages, and through this role, has seen the difficulties encountered by women both professionally and personally during these times. She has a particular focus on complex property matters, high net worth clients, as well as maintaining a specialised practice associated with difficult parenting cases, and cases with an international aspect. The nature of Carly’s practice has given Carly an ability to deal with many women at different stages of either their careers and/or their life, and to observe first-hand the importance for women to establish and build a network of women. Carly is one of only a small selection of lawyers to be named in all Family Law categories in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market – Sydney & NSW. For 2020, she ranks as one of the leading Family Lawyers in Sydney, one of the leading Parenting and Children’s Matters Lawyers in NSW and is recommended when dealing with High Value and Complex Property Matters. It is through Carly’s experience working full time at a boutique family law practice, and as a mother of two children, that led Carly, along with her colleagues Irene and Melinda, to create Women in Law and Business. Carly’s vision is for Women in Law and Business to provide an opportunity for women to get together, share their stories, support each other and encourage women to further their education. Carly hopes that through collaborating with other impressive women a group can be created to assist women maintain their network, and to grow and develop in their personal and professional lives.

IRENE MOROZOV  |  Irene has practiced exclusively in family law for over 20 years and has been a partner of Barkus Doolan since 2009. Irene has extensive experience in all family law and is passionate about her legal field.

Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market ranks Irene as one of the Leading Family Lawyers in Sydney in 2020.

Irene has successfully represented clients in all areas of family law, including de facto relationships, parenting, property, spouse maintenance and contravention applications in the Family Court and at Appellant level.

Irene is one of Sydney’s leading family lawyers and is highly skilled in conducting and managing litigation involving “large financial pools”. Irene has an extraordinary eye for detail and is highly knowledgeable on facts and figures. Her past clients rate her as highly recommended. Irene’s high level of expertise allows clients to achieve a favourable outcome to the resolution of their matter, either through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

MELINDA WINNING  Melinda is a mother of two teenage children and is a partner at Barkus Doolan. Admitted as a solicitor in 1998, Melinda attained Specialist Accreditation in Family Law in 2003. Melinda has worked exclusively in Family Law, assisting people navigate family law settlements and litigation for over 20 years. Melinda became a Partner of Barkus Doolan in 2011 and has been at the firm since 2001. Melinda regularly presents papers at legal conferences throughout Australia and overseas.

Melinda is passionate about supporting women in the workplace. Melinda has seen first-hand the benefits of a workplace that allows employees an opportunity to attain career goals and at the same time raise a family.

Melinda’s role as a partner of a leading boutique family law firm has allowed her to meet a diverse and impressive range of men and women. Melinda has a genuine appreciation for the support we can provide to each other in our professional and personal lives. If we surround ourselves with women who support each other, Melinda believes that we can all get the most out of life and “have it all”. We can have a successful career and wonderful family but most importantly, we can have a happy life.


zoom conference


12 – 15 AUGUST 2021

13 AUGUST 2021



12 – 15 AUGUST 2021