Linda Ollerenshaw holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Bond University. Linda is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia. Linda is GTC Lawyer’s Queensland State (Intermediary) Supervisor for Family Law and oversees all family law matters in Queensland. She reports directly to GTC Lawyer’s Accredited Family Law Specialist, Rachel Gillies.
Linda has worked exclusively in the area of family law throughout her legal career following a determined focus on family law during her legal studies and training. Linda has gained a wealth of experience representing clients in a wide variety of complex parenting and property matters. Linda is experienced in Negotiation and Mediation and regularly appears in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Linda has also appeared in New South Wales’ and Queensland courts.
Linda will use her expert knowledge, superior drafting skills, connections in the family law profession, and excellent negotiating skills to give her clients every chance of success in their family law matter.
Linda has always been a committed and industrious solicitor who consistently demonstrates her commitment to clients with excellence and professionalism. She is a down-to-earth and understanding person whose clients find her both approachable and genial. She is a highly effective communicator, able to explain the detail of complicated legal processes to non-lawyers so they understand their legal position and the matters they need to attend to for a successful outcome to their matter.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Queensland Law Society
Success Stories and Publications
Our solicitor Linda Ollerenshaw represented a 30-year-old mother of one child at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to the care and living arrangements for her child.
The case involved a mother who was self-representing and being bullied by her former violent and controlling partner and his solicitors. The other party was making false allegations of child abuse and neglect against the mother and, based on these false allegations, the father was seeking to remove the child from the mother. This is a not uncommon strategy employed by perpetrators of domestic violence who use the Court to continue their hurtful behaviours.
Our solicitor took carriage of this matter 24 hours prior to the first court hearing, where the other party was intending to present evidence against the mother and have the child removed.
Our representation resulted in a retreat by the other party and his solicitor, whereby they adjourned their application to remove the child and signed consent orders that the child live with the mother, and spend two days with the father.
That result was achieved by our solicitor, who was briefed at the very last minute. She applied her wide experience and expert knowledge in family law to successfully prove to the other party’s solicitors that their client’s application was inconsistent with the Family Law Act 1975 and highly unlikely to succeed. Our solicitor applied her superior negotiating skills outside the Court to obtain agreement on consent orders that were highly favourable to the mother and protective of both mother and child. Our solicitor presented the agreed orders to the Court where they were sealed without amendment.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Linda Ollerenshaw who will use her expert knowledge and superior negotiating skills to give you every chance of success in your family law matter.
Our solicitor Linda Ollerenshaw represented a 45-year-old mother of one child at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to her application for relocation.
The case involved a mother who sought to move, with the child, some 2000 kilometres from the father so that they could be closer to the maternal family. The mother had previously unilaterally relocated and been ordered by the Court to return. A Family Report had persuasively stated that it would be in the best interest of the child that relocation not be permitted. Our solicitor took carriage of this matter 48 hours before trial documents were due to be filed with the Court.
It is both rare and notoriously difficult to successfully obtain an order that changes a child’s living arrangements so significantly that it has a substantial impact on one parent’s time spent with the child. Historically, the Court will not allow the relocation of a child if it negatively impacts on the equal or substantial-and-significant time-spent requirements provided by section 65DAA of the Family Law Act 1975(Cth). Moreover, the Court must assess the best interests of the child pursuant to section 60CC of the Act. The parent seeking to relocate the child must present compelling evidence as to why a relocation would meet the best interests of the child.
Linda Ollerenshaw's representation resulted in the Court finding in favour of the mother and allowing her to relocate with the child. The Court also awarded the mother sole parental responsibility.
That result was achieved by our solicitor using her superior skills in careful and expert drafting of court documents, coupled with a strategic partnering with the highly skilled Barrister-at-Law, Mr. John Cahill. Together they were able present a convincing case to the Court. The Judge made special mention of the solicitor’s efforts: ‘Mr. Cahill please pass on my thanks to your instructing solicitor. The supporting material for the Mother’s Application was a very high standard and assisted me greatly in formulating my reasons.’
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Linda Ollerenshaw who will use her expert knowledge and superior drafting skills, as well as her connections in the family law profession, to give you every chance of success in your family law matter.
Our solicitor Linda Ollerenshaw represented a 35-year-old father of two children at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to his parenting matter.
The case involved two parents each seeking their children live with them and spend time with the other parent.
When deciding as to which parent a child will reside with, the Court must assess the best interests of the child pursuant to section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). While there is no discrimination as to the gender of a parent, historically, and sadly, children are often ordered to live with their mother and spend time (usually every second weekend) with their father. This is a contentious issue and has contributed to the ‘Men’s Rights’ movement in Australia.
Our representation resulted in the Court granting our client's wish that the children live with him and spend time with the mother.
That result was achieved as a result of our solicitor carefully drafting and presenting evidence to the Court that successfully proved that the best interests of the children were met by allowing them to live with their father. The Court was satisfied, upon hearing the argument presented by our solicitor and reading the material carefully prepared by her, that the father was able to provide a life and an environment that far better met the needs and interests of the children than the life that the mother was currently providing for them.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Linda Ollerenshaw, who will use her expert knowledge and superior drafting skills to give you every chance of success in your family law matter.
Our solicitor Linda Ollerenshaw represented a 40-year-old father of three at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to his parenting matter.
The case involved two parents each seeking sole parental responsibility for their three children. Pursuant to section 61DA(1) of the Family Law Act 1975, when making an order as to parental responsibility, ‘the Court must apply a presumption that it is in the best interests of the child for the child’s parents to have equal shared parental responsibility for the child’. This presumption is rebuttable and sole parental responsibility may be awarded if one party can present evidence ‘that it would not be in the best interests of the child for the … parents to have equal shared parental responsibility’.
Linda's representation resulted in the Court awarding our client sole parental responsibility for his three children.
That result was achieved by conducting detailed investigations into the mother, and the history of the children, as well as interviewing the father and various individuals and departments. Our solicitor carefully and expertly drafted evidence to file and present to the Court who, upon reading this evidence, was immediately satisfied that the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility was rebutted. The Federal Circuit Court Judge commended our solicitor on her ability to succinctly present evidence that was detailed, straight to the point, and professional.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Linda Ollerenshaw who will carefully and expertly draft documents and prepare evidence for the Court that will make a difference to your success.