Kerr Fels is a boutique law firm practicing exclusively in family and divorce law. We are recognised as leading lawyers delivering exceptional service. Our philosophy is to provide client focused, cost effective, efficient and pragmatic legal advice.
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Denby is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has appeared in proceedings in the Family Court of Western Australia, the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and the High Court of Australia. She has been listed as a Leading Family Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide ranking Australia’s best lawyers (2019) and recommended for her work with High Value & Complex Property Matters.
Denby has worked on high profile cases concerning both property and parenting matters, in a number of jurisdictions. Prior to establishing Kerr Fels with fellow Director Amy Fels, she worked at a large family law practice in Perth.
Denby graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Chinese Law.
Denby is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Family Law Practitioners Association (‘FLPA’) and Family Law Section. She is an active member of the FLPA Law Reform Committee and has been a speaker at various Family Law conferences. Denby volunteers at the Fremantle Community Legal Centre and participates in a number of sports.
Denby is guided by the principle that no area of law matters more, to more people, than family law.
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Amy has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and is admitted as a practitioner in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has been recognised as one of Western Australia’s Leading Family Lawyers with respect to Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matters by Doyle’s Guide.
Trial can be incredibly stressful and expensive for clients. Amy has a special interest in resolving proceedings through strategic planning, negotiation and mediation, including working with other professionals and experts to procure a settlement and avoid trial wherever possible. She frequently conducts her own interim hearings with a view to preparing and implementing a case strategy early in the matter to set the scene for the best chances of settlement.
Prior to establishing Kerr Fels with fellow Director Denby Kerr, Amy was a solicitor at one of Perth’s largest family law firms. Amy regularly appears in the Family Court of Western Australia as well as the Court of Appeal and Magistrates Court.
Amy is an elected Councillor of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia and also sits on their Events Subcommittee. She is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, and is an active supporter of the Piddington Society.
Amy volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service evening legal clinics, advising disadvantaged women in relation to family law property matters. She enjoys renovating her home, going to the dog beach and having long dinners with family and friends.
Family Lawyer, ICL
Katherine is an experienced Family and Divorce Lawyer and qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) who adopts an analytical, constructive and conciliatory approach to the resolution of family disputes across a variety of forums. This includes alternative dispute resolution, mediation, informal conferences and litigation.
Katherine’s experience lies in complex child-related proceedings as well as spousal maintenance disputes, child support departures, division of property applications (often dealing with international jurisdictions) and contravention applications.
Katherine is known for her focus on the interests and protection of children, encouraging long-term family relationships, narrowing the issues in disputes and ensuring costs are not unreasonably incurred. As an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) Katherine is engaged for her experience explaining court orders to children in a way they can understand.
Katherine places a premium on clearly representing the client’s interests, establishing rapport with the Court and working collaboratively with key stakeholders as required, including Counsel, as well as experts, accountants, legal and mental health professionals, financial planners, brokers and valuers.
Prior to being admitted to the Supreme Court in 2009, Katherine completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and commenced her Honours while working as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Danielle received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Murdoch University (WA) in 2015 before being admitted as a practitioner in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2016. Danielle also holds a Master of Laws majoring in Applied Family Law obtained from The College of Law.
Danielle is particularly interested in complex parenting matters, including international relocation matters. Danielle works closely with our Directors on high value and complex property matters, and is experienced in property settlement negotiations.
Danielle is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and sits on the Events Subcommittee. Danielle is a member of the Women Lawyers of Western Australia and is a supporter of the Piddington Society. Danielle volunteers at the Sussex Street Community Legal Centre and also volunteers for Share the Dignity. She is supported in her efforts by Kerr Fels in December each year to collect and distribute the Share the Dignity “It’s in the Bag” annual drive.
Danielle is passionate about family law and supporting her clients through separation.
Josh has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and is admitted as a practitioner in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Josh has a particular interest in complex property matters, and in accelerating proceedings towards a timely and advantageous resolution for his clients. Josh enjoys applying targeted legal research to his clients’ issues, to ensure their positions are as well-supported as possible at all stages of proceedings.
Prior to practising in family law, Josh worked in commercial law, and across national infrastructure policy portfolios in federal government. His varied experience informs his practical approach to financial and parenting matters.
Josh is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia.
Taylah is passionate about delivering premium legal support to our clients and has worked in family law since 2014.
Taylah completed further studies as a paralegal in 2020, and prior to this was an experienced legal secretary. She is committed to delivering legal support to our lawyers and clients, with a focus on providing cost-effective and high quality service and working towards settlement solutions.
Taylah is experienced in assisting in all stages of the disclosure process, preparing your matter for mediation and assisting solicitors and counsel to prepare for and attend at complex court hearings and trial.
In her spare time, Taylah enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family and remains one of the few in the Perth CBD who is coffee-averse.
Rachel commenced with Kerr Fels in 2020 as a law clerk. She is in her final year of study in the Juris Doctor program at the University of Western Australia School of Law.
She has a keen interest in family law and volunteers at Law Access in relation to the delivery of pro bono legal assistance for disadvantaged parties.
Bree commenced as a Legal Secretary with Kerr Fels in November, 2021. She brings to the team experience working in social security law working with vulnerable families, where she developed a passion for helping people. Bree is delighted to join the firm to progress her career in family law and is motivated to help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Bree brings experience assisting in all stages of the disclosure process, preparing matters for Court and Mediation, and assisting solicitors and counsel prepare for court hearings. Outside of work Bree enjoys spending time on health and fitness, and with family and friends.