General Manager

The longest serving administration member of our team, Shantel has worked exclusively in family law since 2006, alongside Managing Director, Brett Hartley.

As the firm’s General Manager, she is naturally self-motivated and driven to achieve and perform. Shantel has an instinctive ability to draw on the individual strengths of both professional and non-professional staff and this has resulted in her successfully building the Hartley Family Law team and achieving not only a successful and results driven environment, but also a happy and stable working environment that employees enjoy being a part of. 

Shantel prides herself in supporting her team and by showing great leadership whilst doing so.  Her ability to manage the firm, but also to make herself available to help in any area that is needed on any given day, whether that be by answering client calls or overflow typing, shows her belief that to manage a team successfully, is to first lead by example.    Shantel is passionate in ensuring her team knows they are supported and assisted and that they can trust in receiving the highest level of discretion and care.

The operations and management of Hartley Family Law is Shantel’s main responsibility.  This responsibility is vast in that she plays an integral role in each aspect of the firm, from business development, human resources, finance management and IT support. 

Shantel is committed to constantly improving the Hartley Family Law experience for the firm’s clients, as well as its employees.  She provides not only the processes, but support and solutions to those processes. 

A relentless hard worker, who also balances her hectic family life with two young children, Shantel is dedicated to supporting Hartley Family Law’s growth and direction by providing key strategic management and innovation initiatives. Her value to the firm and its Director is unmeasurable in maintaining the high standards in being leaders in our field.  

Outside of work, Shantel enjoys raising her daughters with her husband and is an avid traveller, as well as a camping guru.  Shantel’s young family has recently added a new four-legged addition named Stella. 

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 …

Everything you need to know about filing for a Divorce in Australia

Written by Emily Woodhouse , 23 February 2023 There is only one ground for divorce in Australia; that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. Unlike many jurisdictions overseas, it is not necessary to prove adultery, insanity, desertion or any other ground. …

Can I Keep the Family Home after Divorce/Separation?

Written by Brett Hartley, 4 April 2023 This is a question we are most asked on a day-to-day basis from our clients and which we try to help them understand at an early stage the possibility and risks associated with keeping …

Valuations in Family Law during an Economic Downturn

Written by Brett Hartley, 6 April 2023 In a typical family law matter, we need to obtain valuations.  The main valuations we need to obtain are those of real estate property and in some cases, shares and business valuations. Single expert …

Family Law Mediation and How We Maximise Our Clients’ Prospects of Settling

Written by Brett Hartley, 6 September 2022 A family law mediation in Queensland is certainly not a typical collaborative type mediation (in most cases where parties sit in a room together and collaborate on best outcomes for each other).  Rather, especially …

The Uniqueness of Tax in Family Law Property Settlements – Some things you may not have known

Written by Brett Hartley, 6 September 2022 Tax is a complex subject and I do not profess to be an expert to tax or any form of revenue law.  However, in everyday family law property settlements, the incident of tax often …

What to expect at your family law mediation

Mediation is a commonly used alternative dispute resolution process to resolve parenting and financial proceedings out of court and avoid the time, cost and stress associated with proceedings. As we often represent clients at mediations, we have set out below some …

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