Dean Foley

Dean is a Special Counsel and an Accredited Specialist in our Family Law Team.


I was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2006. Since then I have practiced exclusively in family law and associated fields.

For more than a decade, I have worked in the family law area with a particular focus on assisting clients to reach practical and fair outcomes through mediation. I understand the mental stress, perils and pitfalls of long-term litigation, therefore, I am an enthusiastic advocate for resolutions achieved through cooperative negotiation and agreement. Mediation is time and cost-effective, and significantly reduces the stress and emotional impact of a protracted and acrimonious family dispute conducted through our adversarial court system.

My experience encompasses all aspects of family law, as well as specialist niche areas, e.g. governmental agencies, handling allegations of child violence, offshore property assets. Moreover, property settlements involving a party/trustee in bankruptcy. Many of these matters required the use of a national mediator.

I am successful because I have extensive on the ground experience. I’m a nationally qualified mediator, an Accredited Specialist in family law (QLS), and admitted to practice in both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

My court experience is extensive and includes appearing in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Queensland, District Court of Queensland, Magistrates Court of Queensland, Children’s Court of Queensland, and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal).

I also work with some of Australia’s leading barristers to ensure that every client’s case is presented to the Court in a well-considered and well-prepared manner.

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  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Family Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

Dean Foley - Family Law Solicitor

Practice Areas

  • Inter-jurisdictional / Non-Australian Property Settlement Matters
  • Child Support Matters, including those involving with Non-Australian Authorities
  • Complex Corporate Property Matters including matters where appropriate restructuring can produce tax-effective results.
  • Taxation Issues pertaining to Property Settlement
  • Parenting Arrangements
  • Parenting Arrangements where Child Abuse Allegations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mediation

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Accredited Specialist – Family Law
  • Griffith University
    • LLB (Honours 2A)
    • BA (Psychology)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator


  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Member of the Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Member of the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Contributor, Family Law Review, published by Thomson Reuters

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Family Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020

Contact Information

Direct Line: 07 3164 1111