Sara Woolford holds a Masters of Law and Legal Practice from the University of Technology in Sydney as well as a Master of Arts (painting) from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting & drawing) from the University of New South Wales. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 and in the High Court of Australia in 2012.
Sara has experience in litigation and has acted across multiple jurisdictions including Tribunals, Local Court, District Court, Land & Environment Court, Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court of Australia, Family Court of Australia, and the High Court of Australia. She has practiced at trial and appellate levels.
Sara has a wide range of experience in all aspects of family law, including alternative dispute resolution. Her experience includes complex property and parenting matters, valuation issues, intra-family adoption, relocation, parenting plans and care arrangements for children, child support, Binding Child Support Agreements, Binding Financial Agreements, airport watch list,spouse maintenance, same-sex couples and de facto relationships, domestic and family violence, divorce, consent orders, superannuation splitting, and divorce.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, watching AFL and appreciating fine arts and performing arts.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
Publications and Success Stories
Our Solicitor Sara Woolford represented the husband in property proceedings.
The parties in the matter had one child who following separation was spending time with each parent on a week-about basis. After separation, the husband remained in the former matrimonial home which had been damaged during a particularly severe storm. The husband wished to keep his options open – either to stay in the property, which would mean refinancing the mortgage and paying the wife a sum of money or repairing and renovating the property, selling it and dividing the sale proceeds. Either option would come with a unique set of challenges and benefits.
Our representation resulted in the parties reaching a negotiated settlement so that the husband could keep his options open and also avoid the expense and delay of a fully contested final hearing.
This case demonstrates the importance of quality legal representation and the value of a solicitor like Ms Woolford who will ensure her clients explore settlement even if court proceedings have been commenced. Ms Woolford provides advice at each step in the property settlement process which empowers her clients to make informed decisions.
Our solicitor, Sara Woolford represented a husband in negotiations concerning matrimonial assets.
Without legal advice, the husband and wife had agreed to sell the family home after separation and agreed to each receive a percentage of the net proceeds of the sale. When the sale of the property settled, the net proceeds were placed into the conveyancer’s trust account. The wife then changed her mind about the previously agreed percentage split. Therefore, the funds remained in the conveyancer’s trust account. In the meantime, the husband and wife divorced but failed to reach agreement about dividing the proceeds of the sale. More than 12 months passed and the limitation period for commencing court proceedings passed.
Our representation resulted in the parties reaching an agreement about the funds each spouse was to receive and avoiding having to ask the court’s permission to commence proceedings out of time, and then conducting those proceedings.
This case demonstrates the importance of quality legal representation and the value of a solicitor like Ms Woolford who will ensure that critical limitation periods are observed and drive to reach a mutually acceptable outcome to avoid family law litigation.
Our solicitor, Sara Woolford represented the father in a parenting application brought by the child’s maternal aunty.
The parents of the child had obtained parenting orders on a final basis around six years earlier. Those orders provided that the parents have equal shared parental responsibility and for the child live with the mother and spend time with the father. By agreement between the mother and the maternal aunt, the mother placed the child in the care of the maternal aunt without informing or consulting with the father. The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (Families and Community Services) supported this decision because the child had been exposed to heavy drinking, illicit drugs, domestic violence and neglect whilst in the mother’s care.
Our representation resulted in the Court making Orders that the father have sole parental responsibility for the child and live with him. That result was achieved by taking a detailed history of the circumstances of the family before the previous orders were made and the circumstances following the making of those final orders. Ms Woolford argued that those circumstances demonstrated that the previous orders were entirely unworkable and that the child remained at risk.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Ms Woolford who will work hard to ensure the client's case is prepared and presented persuasively.