Accredited Family Law Specialist


Brett Hartley is an accredited specialist in family law which means he is widely regarded by his peers as an expert. He also has a commerce degree to complement his law degree and so fully understands the workings of business.

Clients benefit from his specialist knowledge of complex family property disputes during relationship breakdowns. 

In his career as a family lawyer, Brett has acted for clients with a combined net worth of over ten billion dollars.  Examples of his successful outcomes with large family law disputes include the protection of the following assets:

  • A large rural enterprise in southeast Queensland worth over $100M
  • A business involving shopping centres, retail outlets, accommodation and tourist based enterprises worth over $400M
  • An international dispute involving substantial property and business interests in Hong Kong and Dubai worth over $200M
  • Australian manufacturing business located throughout Europe and the United States – worth in excess of $400M;
  • Representing founders and major shareholders of public companies involved in the health sector and the food sector, worth over $100M
  • Acting in matters in the Aviation industry worth over $100M
  • Representing many restaurant owners, retail stores and franchise businesses.

His expertise has assisted clients to maintain and indeed grow their business, despite a relationship breakdown.

Brett is particularly known for his technical skills in relation to high net worth financial matters and is regularly requested to present to other law firms, accountancy practices and financial services firms in relation to matters concerning property disputes.

Our team’s speciality family law areas

Can I add back money my ex-partner has spent into our property pool?

15 February 2022, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     When reviewing transactions in your ex-partner’s bank statements, it can be a tough pill to swallow seeing them spend significant funds on luxury holidays, fine dining and designer clothes, particularly …

I have Crypto, how does it get treated in my property settlement?

15 June 2022, By Sara Ser of Hartley of Family Law     Digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (think Bitcoin and Ethereum) are not new and by now, most of us know someone or are someone who has dabbled, if not regularly …

Am I in a De facto Relationship?

17 March 2022, By Emily Woodhouse of Hartley of Family Law     A common question asked by clients is, “is there / was there a de facto relationship between my partner and I?”  There is often a lot of confusion because …

Can I record conversations with my ex-partner?

1 March 2022, By Tom Hartley of Hartley Family Law     In Queensland, it is lawful to record a conversation with another person if you are a party to that conversation, even where you are recording the conversation without the other …

Family Law and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

3 February 2022, By Stephanie Barnes of Hartley Family Law     Family law and COVID-19 vaccinations for children Among the many queries we have received relating to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. travel of children where parents live interstate, children travelling between …

My Ex has withheld our children from my care… what can I do?

15 December 2021, By Niki Schomberg of Hartley Family Law     Unfortunately, this is a question we are commonly asked over the Christmas period when tensions in separated families can often run high. While it may be your first thought to …

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