Jessica O’Neil


Head of Department - Family & De Facto Law

Jessica joined Dwyer Durack’s Family & De Facto Law Department in September 2016.  In 2018, Jessica was appointed as the Head of the firm's Family & De Facto Law Department

Since returning to Western Australia in 2011, Jessica's practice has been focussed predominantly upon family law.  Jessica has extensive experience in complex financial matters and child related proceedings, including matters involving trusts and corporate structure, international child abduction, Hague Convention applications, relocation and recovery, and allegations of child abuse and domestic violence.

Jessica has a client focussed, results orientated approach to the management of her caseload and a progressive and dedicated approach to the practice of family law.


  • Family and De Facto Law
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Masters of Applied Law
  • Admission Date: 8 October 2010
  • Admission (High Court of Australia): 20 January 2014


  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

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Peter Fraser Managing Director
Maree van der Kwast Director
Catherine Hamson Head of Department - Commercial Law
Eleanor Scarff Head of Department - Personal Injury Law
Daniel Gill Co-Head of Department - Wills, Probate & Estates
Jessica O’Neil Head of Department - Family & De Facto Law
David Squires Senior Lawyer - Family & De Facto Law
Lucie Ingram Senior Lawyer - Personal Injury Law
Anna Christiansen Lawyer - Wills, Probate & Estates
Lani Rimkus Lawyer - Personal Injury Law and Family & De Facto Law
Faiza Gabriel Lawyer - Familly & De Facto Law
Emily Pickering Lawyer - Criminal Law & Liquor Licensing
Sharon Norris Chartered Legal Executive - Wills, Probate & Estates
Leanne Shepherd Senior Paralegal - Liquor Licensing
Sylvia Knighton Senior Legal Assistant - General Litigation
Amanda Thorpe Legal Assistant - Family & De Facto Law
Chris Betcher Legal Assistant - Wills, Probate and Estates
Julie Kerry Legal Assistant - Family & De Facto Law
Karen Dick Legal Assistant - Personal Injury Law
Joanne Sweetman Legal Assistant - Wills, Probate and Estates
Marie Hall Legal & Administrative Support Assistant
Elvie Colleran Administrative Assistant
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