Mary Anne Ryan, Barrister, Derwent and Tamar Chambers
About the Presenter:
Ms Mary Anne Ryan joined the Tasmanian Independent Bar in 2015 after 13 years as a barrister and solicitor engaged in civil, criminal, family law and child protection litigation. Mary Anne has had carriage of and appeared as Counsel in multiple ground-breaking and innovative family law cases in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia which have made significant contributions to the development of case law. Mary Anne is regularly appointed as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in the family law jurisdiction and as the Separate Representative in the child protection jurisdiction. Mary Anne is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Bar Association; and the Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania. Mary Anne is a past member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania; the Litigation Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania; Chair and Board Member of Hobart Women’s Shelter; President and member of Australian Women Lawyers; President of Tasmanian Women Lawyers; and member Equal Opportunity Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Christine Smyth, Director, Christine Smyth Estate Lawyers
About the Presenter:
Ms Christine Smyth draws on 25 plus years’ experience to be a specialist in succession law, undertaking work in deceased estate administrations; deceased estate litigation; estate planning; grants of probate / administration; funeral law; and elder law – powers of attorney disputes, family accommodation disputes, family financial disputes; and conflict resolution. She is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialist in succession law, and has corresponding expertise in elder and funeral dispute law. When President of the QLS in 2017, Christine developed an Elder Abuse Aware campaign that received national recognition. In respect of her expertise in funeral law, Christine was the first lawyer to be a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association. Her ongoing commitment to excellence in client service and technical skill, has seen her recognised with the prestigious Doyle’s Guide awarding her Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer and Queensland’s Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Christine is one of three Queensland Court appointed Estate Account Assessors.