About Us

Experienced Family Law Specialists in Darwin

Partners Julian Barry and Julie Franz have a combined 50 years of living in the Top End of the Northern Territory and Central Australia. Although most of our clients are based in Darwin, we have strong working relationships with clients in areas across the Territory including: Alice Springs, Gove, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and other remote locations. We can meet you face to face during usual office hours or at other times.
We’re also set up to communicate however you choose – we have developed strong working relationships with our rural clients mainly using phone, Skype, and other electronic communication. We have travelled widely throughout the Territory as well and we understand the needs of people who live on both sides of the Berrimah line.
We represent a diverse cross section of the community including other lawyers, trades people, politicians, miners, doctors, academics, nurses, labourers, public servants, police, ADF, small business to medium sized business owners, remote community workers, straight and same sex couples, indigenous people, persons who speak English as a second language, and others.
One of our family law specialists in Darwin

Julie Franz

Julie has over 20 years of experience practising law across a range of areas. Julie specialises in family law and criminal law, and all related areas. Her legal experience extends to estate matters and wills.

Julie is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, meaning she is a Commonwealth Government approved mediator for family law disputes.
She is widely known for her excellent advocacy skills and her calm and practical approach to managing any legal problem. 

Julie is a working mum who is married with 2 young children who are born and bred Territorians. Julie and her family have, more than a decade, called Palmerston home.

Julian Barry

Julian is currently in his 10th year of practising almost exclusively in family Law. He graduated with a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) in October 2013. He is currently studying towards obtaining accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Julian's particular areas of interest include parenting matters and property disputes. He frequently represents clients at mediations, conciliation conferences, and other dispute resolution forums. In keeping with the philosophy of Darwin Family Law, he seeks a mediated outcome where possible. In any given month however, Julian also provides representation and advocacy for a number of clients at the Federal Circuit Court, were most family law matters in Darwin are litigated.

Julian understands that men often feel particularly alienated from the family law system, and feels that he has some tried and tested ways to help men deal with family breakdown. At the same time, Julian is just as committed to his female clients who comprise about half of his practice.

Like Julie, Julian has lived in both Central Australia and Darwin and is a long term Territorian with a passion for family law. In addition to living in Central Australia for about a decade, apart from a short stint back to Alice Springs in 2005, Julian has called Darwin home for over 19 years. He lives with his working wife and 2 young children in the northern suburbs of Darwin. 


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Julie and Julian have the experience and knowledge to help you resolve legal issues.
Call today for an appointment during office hours on 08 8946 1666
or after hours on 0427 695 868.
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