Macpherson Kelley strengthens property and family law teams with latest appointments

They will join the firm's offices in Brisbane and Victoria

Macpherson Kelley strengthens property and family law teams with latest appointments
Ben Webster and Sheryl Barker

Macpherson Kelley has announced the appointment of Ben Webster as special counsel to the property team in Brisbane and Sheryl Barker as special counsel to the family law team in Victoria.

Ben Webster brings his extensive experience building strong client relationships and expertise in handling complex and diverse matters to Macpherson Kelley. He has worked with a range of clients, including listed companies, banks, private property developers, and individual investors.

Principal lawyer Melanie Gebbels said that Webster's commercial background and experience working on diverse and complex matters would lend itself well to the team's upcoming priorities for 2023.

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“The breadth of Ben's existing expertise will help us expand our current capabilities out of the Brisbane office, but it's not the only reason we're so pleased to have Ben join,” Gebbels said. “Our Brisbane office holds an exceptionally high standard of client service, so when we heard about Ben's passion for straight-talking advice and client service excellence – we knew we had the right fit.”

Sheryl Barker has joined the firm's family law team in Victoria. Barker has established herself as a trusted advisor among the firm's family law client base. Her practice encompasses complex children's arrangements, parenting disputes, family violence issues, and property matters involving company trusts and third parties.

Principal lawyer Brendan Herbert previously worked with Barker and was confident she would be an invaluable addition to the firm's family law team.

“Sheryl is just another invaluable resource for clients seeking to resolve family law disputes in a manner that is both compassionate and outcome-focused,” Herbert said. “Sheryl has that unique ability to validate a client's experience while simultaneously providing purpose-driven advice that deescalates what is often a stressful experience.”

Webster and Barker's appointments are expected to help meet the growing demand for quality legal services in the property and family law areas. The firm said that it was thrilled to welcome Webster and Barker to the team.

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