Director Shannon Daykin is an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Shannon holds an extensive range of experience in practicing law and focuses exclusively in all aspects of family law and is also trained in Collaborative Law.
Shannon started her legal career as a clerk in 2001 and was admitted in 2004 following completion of Articles of Clerkship. Initially Shannon worked in commercial law across the areas of dispute resolution and commercial and rural property, learning the finer art of negotiation and a sensible commercial approach to complex issues.
Early in her career Shannon was appointed State Manager for a national child abuse prevention agency and oversaw the rollout of primary prevention initiatives across Queensland. This experience gave her a competitive edge in being able to deal effectively with challenging cases involving child abuse, neglect and family violence and guiding clients through these difficult issues.
Since 2009, Shannon has practiced exclusively in family law and gained experience in some of Queensland’s top family law firms across all areas, advising clients on a range of matters from complex property settlements and asset protection measures to parenting matters, Hague Convention/child abduction matters, international adoption and surrogacy.
In May 2015 Shannon’s legal work was highlighted on a national level in a front-page article within The Weekend Australian Magazine, the article was titled “One needy baby meets loving new parents. Who says adoption is taboo?” and was written by esteemed journalist Kate Legge. A feature of the article was the bespoke, legally binding agreement for parenthood that Shannon crafted in collaboration with key stakeholders to help her clients grow their family.
Shannon was elected by her peers as Board Member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland in 2014 and continues to retain this position, representing the great work of family law professionals across the State.
Shannon has a particular interest in surrogacy and advising clients on alternative pathways to parenthood, and understands the sensitive approach needed for clients grappling with the emotional and social aspects of infertility.
As a trained Collaborative Lawyer, Shannon has a strong focus on practical solutions and co-operative practice. It is this pathway that can most often achieve an outcome for all parties involved that will benefit them and their families in the longer term.
Sometimes however, the only option to progress matters is to litigate through the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court. Shannon has a great depth of experience in family law litigation and advocating for client’s interests, whether it be representing clients in property settlement, spousal maintenance, de facto issues or parenting matters in the Family Law Courts, or dealing with domestic violence proceedings in the State Magistrates Court.
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