Full Name: Patricia A Byrnes
Phone: +61 3 9225 6444
Fax: 9225 6464
Mobile: 0413 526 161
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 1120/1121
Date of Admission: 11 Apr 1994
Called to the Bar: 22 Nov 2007
Qualifications: BA, DipEd & LLB (Hons)


Prior to coming to the Victorian Bar, Patricia practised as a family law solicitor for many years and as an Accredited Family Law Specialist from 2001. As a partner at Howie & Maher Solicitors, she headed up the family law division. Following a move to the Mornington Peninsula she was managing solicitor with Richard Calley Family Lawyers. Patricia has extensive experience in all facets of family law and has been involved in complicated property and children's matters.

Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Family Law Specialist (Current)

Accredited Family Law Mediator (current since November 2017)

Current Memberships

Family Law Bar Association , Women's Barristers Association.

Law Institute of Victoria

Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia


Byrnes P (2011) Voices of Children in the Legal Process. Journal of Family Studies 17(1):44-58

Positions Held

Past Secretary Family Law Bar Association Committee


Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Mediation


Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Child Disputes
  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

Also Entitled to Practice in

  • High Court of Australia
From 18 Jun 2021, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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