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Jeanette Merjane

Jeanette Merjane
Family Lawyer
Family & Relationship Law
Jeanette Merjane

Jeanette is a passionate lawyer, driven by a commitment to guiding family law clients through difficult times.

Combining her financial expertise with a compassionate approach, Jeanette strives to achieve positive outcomes by providing empathetic guidance, comprehensive legal advice and resolution-oriented strategies.

Jeanette has been practising exclusively in family law since March 2020. She was recognised as a finalist in the 2022 Australian Law Awards for Rising Star of the Year (Private Practice).

Jeanette holds a combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney.

Experience

Jeanette represents clients based in Australia and overseas. She has extensive experience in:

  • property matters, including matters dealing with commercial and residential properties, corporate and trust entities and self-managed superannuation funds
  • parenting matters involving serious risk issues, child abductions, relocations and allegations of family violence
  • the preparation and review of financial agreements and child support agreements, including pre-nuptial style agreements
  • international family law matters, including those involving overseas assets, international abduction and relocation, and proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Career highlights

Jeanette's career highlights include:

  • representing a client in relation to complex parenting and property issues, including several overseas assets. This included successfully obtaining orders for her client and child to permanently relocate overseas
  • being wholly successful in opposing the other parent's application for the child to relocate overseas. This matter involved serious risk issues arising from the other parent's attempts to abduct the child from Australia
  • acting for a third-party company that was an entity in its own right, trustee of the family trust and trustee of the self-managed superannuation fund, in family law proceedings for property settlement.

Client feedback

What Jeanette's clients say:

"Throughout the proceedings, regardless of the situation, Jeanette has been there for me, providing professional counsel centred on her deep understanding of family law, pragmatism balanced with personal empathy and support."

"Jeanette's passion for the law is exemplary. Her remarkable knowledge of family law and nuances, as well as her exceptional skills in analysing complex legal issues have been pivotal in the successful settlement of my case."

"Jeanette impressed me with her dedication to my case, her preparedness, her promptness in answering my queries, and her deep knowledge of all aspects of my complicated family law matter."

"I am grateful and deeply appreciative of how Jeanette consistently approaches my case with empathy, so that I never feel I am a number to her."

FAQs

What approach do you adopt when advising clients?

Jeanette is empathetic, collaborative and resolution- oriented, whilst being equally prepared to advocate in court when required.

Do I have to go to court to resolve the matter?

There are several ways to resolve family law matters without the need for litigation, including direct negotiations with your partner, lawyer-assisted negotiations and private mediation. A combination of these approaches may be utilised depending on the circumstances of the case.

What is a benefit of using Lander & Rogers for my family law case?

By having the largest family law team in Australia, and being part of a national commercial firm, Lander & Rogers can provide specialised family law advice, whilst also drawing on the expertise of colleagues in different states and areas of law.

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