Johannes (/johanəs/; yo-hunn-is) is a barrister and Nationally Accredited Mediator, practising exclusively in family law, which he has done for over a decade. He accepts briefs for Court appearances, mediations (both as mediator and representing parties), arbitrations, advice and paperwork.
He has appeared in a diverse range of family law litigation, including:
- complex property settlements;
- spousal maintenance;
- applications to set aside financial agreements;
- parenting disputes, including those involving allegations of family violence, child abuse, drug abuse and alienation, children with special needs, relocation, and overseas-travel applications;
- child support disputes; and
Whilst Johannes usually appears unled, he has also undertaken junior briefs to many of Melbourne’s leading family law silks.
Johannes’s clients benefit from his excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and a highly numerate and commercial approach.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Johannes was an associate solicitor at Taussig Cherrie Fildes, a first-tier specialist family law firm, where in addition to family law litigation, a significant part of his practice involved drafting, and advising on, financial agreements (including pre-nuptial, ante-nuptial, de facto cohabitation, and cross-jurisdictional agreements).
In 2014, Johannes graduated with a Master of Laws (Applied Law) degree majoring in family law, and was awarded the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize for the Best Graduating Student. He also holds Bachelor degrees with honours from Monash University in both Law and Software Engineering.
Prior to coming to the law, Johannes ran a software engineering consultancy, and taught undergraduate computer science and software engineering at Monash University.
Johannes is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.
He is fluent in German.