Our Team

Meet the

Baily Family Law Team

Managing Director

Samantha Baily

Senior Associate

Robyn Watson

Senior Associate

Carrie Smith

Senior Associate

Rachel Milton

Lawyer

Caitlin Ede

Paralegal

Swarali Kemhavi

Paralegal

Emjay Lyon

Receptionist / Administration

Siobhan Ede

Receptionist / Administration

Leon Belica

Managing Director

Samantha Baily

LLM, LLB, BA, GDLP

(08) 6555 3953

samantha@bailyfamilylaw.com.au

Meet Samantha, our Founder & Director, who holds a Masters Degree in Law, and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2003, and before the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2007.

For the past 18 years, she has practiced exclusively in family law, having worked at two of the largest family law firms in Perth. She established Baily Family Law, bringing with her a potent combination of legal knowledge and real-world experience.

As a nationally accredited mediation provider, Samantha can provide clients with a wider range of options to resolve their family law conflict by offering alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration rather than simply advising clients to fight it out in the Family Court like too many family lawyers do.

Samantha has extensive experience as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in countless proceedings before the Family Court of WA, and significant experience in high-level child abuse, alienation and risk cases. She is an active member of a number of Legal Aid Panels and is also an Independent Children’s Lawyer.

In addition, she regularly volunteers at the Joondalup office of the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Service, as well as donating her time each month to assist WREN, an organisation assisting women who are escaping relationships as a result of domestic violence. Samantha is also named as a recommended Leading Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matter Lawyer in the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Doyles Guide.

Senior Associate

Robyn Watson

LLB LLM GDLP

 

(08) 6555 3953

 

robyn@bailyfamilylaw.com.au

Robyn graduated from Murdoch University and was admitted to practise as lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2005.

Robyn has a wealth of knowledge in the area of family law and regularly appears in the Family Court of Western Australia. Robyn loves trying to find clients an amicable solution to their family law matters however is well versed in navigating Court proceedings.

Robyn’s friendly and warm attitude along with her practical legal advice makes her an asset to Baily Family Law.

Senior Associate

Carrie Smith

LLB BSc

(08) 6555 3953

carrie@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Introducing Carrie, our Senior Associate, who graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2008 with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2009, and initially practised in Tauranga, New Zealand in a general firm.

This is where she gained experience in family law, residential property transactions, wills and administration of estates, before relocating to Perth in 2012. Carrie was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 22nd March 2012.

Since then, she has practiced exclusively in family law, and has dealt with complex parenting disputes, property settlements, child protection and care proceedings and violence restraining order matters. She regularly appears in the Family Court, Children’s Court and Magistrates Court and represents clients at mediations and Legal Aid dispute resolution conferences.

Carrie is focused on early and amicable resolution of disputes but should proceedings be required, she has experience representing clients at all stages of proceedings including representation at trial.

Carrie is a qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer and regularly acts in this capacity in both the Family Court of Western Australia and Children’s Court. She is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and is on the Legal Aid WA family law, restraining order, dispute resolution and care and protection panels.

Senior Associate

Rachel Milton

LLB GDLP

(08) 6555 3953

Rachel@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Introducing Rachel, who brings a practical and solution-focused approach and enjoys working with clients to achieve a result tailored to their unique circumstances and family situations. She joined Baily Family Law in September 2020 having previously worked exclusively in the areas of family law, restraining orders, child protection and care matters since 2015.

Rachel believes there is a clear benefit to settling disputes at an early stage and brings experience and knowledge in relation to which settlement options will be most suitable for clients’ particular issues.

In cases where the matter is not able to be resolved or court proceedings are necessary, she appears in the Family Court of Western Australia and the Magistrates Court (restraining order matters), including at trials, and is able to confidently advise clients in relation to those proceedings at all stages.

Prior to working as a family lawyer, Rachel worked for both Legal Aid WA and Legal Aid NSW and brings a diverse range of experiences to her legal practice. She is a strong believer in the principles of social justice and is on the Legal Aid WA panels for family law, restraining orders, care and protection, dispute resolution and the family law cross-examination scheme.

Rachel also regularly volunteers at Subiaco Justice Centre giving legal advice in relation to family law matters. Outside of work, she has a busy family life and very little spare time, during which she enjoys bike-riding, reading and cooking.

Lawyer

Caitlin Ede

LLB, BA, GDLP

(08) 6555 3953

Caitlin@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Caitlin is one of Baily Family Laws longest-standing team members. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University in 2017 and proceeded to complete her College of Law in 2018.

After graduation Caitlin worked at a commercial law firm before she began pursuing her interest in family law. Her interest in this area of the law is what subsequently led her to becoming a much-loved and respected team member at Baily Family Law.

She commenced her employment with BFL in July 2018, initially as a Law Clerk, until she was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in late 2018 where she continued her employment with Baily Family Law as a Lawyer.

Caitlin has a particular interest in Parenting & Care and in Protection matters. Caitlin also holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of Western Australia, which affords her a professional, emphatic and mindful understanding of the emotional needs of every client.

Paralegal

Swarali Kemhavi

LLB, BA

(08) 6555 3953

ali@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Swarali is a graduate of Western Sydney University where she has completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Political Thought. A short while after her graduation she relocated to Perth and joined the BFL family as a Law Clerk. She is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice to be admitted to practice as a Lawyer.
Swarali is following her passion in this area of law and using her multi-disciplinary experience to her advantage in her path to becoming a Lawyer.

Swarali intends to continue working in Family Law post-admission and has a particular interest in property matters and financial agreements. Her commitment to focusing on our client’s needs is of paramount importance to her as she continues her journey with the Baily family.

Paralegal

Emjay Lyon

(08) 6555 3953

emjay@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Emjay’s passion and interest in the field of law stems from an early age. Originally from Canada, she decided to move to Australia in 2015. She is an experienced paralegal with a Diploma in Legal Services from the College for Law, Education and Training and her career so far has enriched her with an abundance of professional skills and global experience.

Emjay has been working in the area of Family Law since January 2019. Having found her true calling in life, she has now commenced studying law at Charles Darwin University and is working towards progressing in the field once she graduates

When the legal hat comes off Emjay loves to spend time with her ferrety fur family, read and paint and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Emjay joined Baily Family Law in November 2020 and is already a valued member of our team.

Receptionist / Administration

Siobhan Ede

(08) 6555 3953

admin@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Siobhan is currently pursuing a post-graduate Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia. She graduated from Monash University in 2019 with a degree in Criminology and a minor in Human Rights.

Siobhan joined the BFL family bringing with her extensive experience in customer-oriented roles which compliments the skills and approach we value in addressing our clients at a very sensitive time in their lives.

She is a highly competent administrative assistant and has been supplementing her law studies with work experience in the field. She hopes to continue her career in law upon completion of her post-graduate study.

Receptionist / Administration

Leon Belica

LLB

(08) 6555 3953

admin@bailyfamilylaw.com.au


Leon recently graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Laws. Leon’s goal is to be admitted as a lawyer in 2021 and he has commenced embarking on his College of Law training.

Leon has extensive experience as a paralegal and he joined Baily Family Law in 2019, whilst completing his law degree. His experience to date with the team at BFL has further ignited his interest in the field of family law and will be an area of focus as his career continually progresses.

Leon currently works at the Baily Family Law reception where he welcomes clients and makes them feel comfortable from the moment they arrive. He also provides support to the firms’ solicitors in a paralegal role.

In his down time Leon enjoys staying active by going to the gym, cycling, and playing basketball.