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Anna & Lucy, directors who love the law

Anna Neilan, left, and Lucy Stramandinoli of Neilan Stramandinoli Family Law.

In this sponsored post, Lucy Stramandinoli and Anna Neilan talk about their experiences working in family law and their experiences as women in business. 

LUCY Stramandinoli and Anna Neilan are the all-female directors of boutique family law firm Neilan Stramandinoli Family Law.

“We each bring with us over 20 years’ experience working in family law,” they say.

“We know from being mothers and directors of a busy law firm that it is hard juggling a work/life balance, raising family while also working in the stressful and complicated area of family law.”

Lucy says she studied law while raising her young children.

“That was so much hard work,” says Lucy.

“Having two daughters myself, it is important for me to set an example for them.”

Anna’s children were little when she and Lucy set up the firm.

“We have known each other for over 20 years having worked in opposing firms and together,” says Anna.

“We support each other and share the same values and work ethic.”

In relation to setting up the firm in 2017, Lucy says it was a lot of hard work starting from scratch.

“But choosing the right business partner who shares the same goals and morals as you do makes the load a lot easier,” says Lucy,

“It has also meant that we could create a work environment and choose staff who share our goals and morals, which makes for a very happy, productive and meaningful place to work.”

Anna and Lucy say that it is important to support women lawyers coming up in the profession.

“We had strong role models and mentors and it is important to support our staff as they develop from being young lawyers to more senior lawyers,” says Anna, “it’s about finding your tribe.”

Neilan Stramandinoli Family Law, Suite 2, Ground Floor, 11 London Circuit, Civic. Call 6152 0493, or visit

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