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Justine Woods

An accredited family law specialist with nearly 30 years’ experience in the field, Justine leads Cooper Grace Ward’s family law team and is recommended as a leading family lawyer in major legal directories including Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers.

Justine Woods is a partner at Cooper Grace Ward and leads the family law team. She has been an accredited family law specialist for nearly three decades.

Having practised exclusively in family law for nearly thirty years, Justine has extensive experience in all aspects of family law – children’s arrangements and parenting matters (including surrogacy), property settlement and spousal maintenance issues for both married and de facto couples, binding financial agreements and their international counterparts, together with child support and child maintenance trusts. Justine regularly presents at industry and professional education seminars for a range of bodies, including the Queensland Law Society, the Taxation Institute of Australia and Surrogacy Australia.

Justine has been recognised for her expertise as a leading family lawyer in independent legal directories, including Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide, based on client and market feedback.

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Queensland University of Technology
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • QLS Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
  • Member – Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Member – Family Law Section of the Family Law Council of Australia
  • Member – Collaborative Law Group
  • Doyle’s Guide 2020 – Leading Lawyer – Family and High Value & Complex Property Matters
  • Doyle’s Guide 2021 – 2022 – Leading Lawyer – Family and Divorce
  • Doyle’s Guide 2021 – 2022 – Leading Lawyer – Parenting and Children’s Matters
  • Best Lawyers Australia (since 2017) – Family Law and Family Law Mediation

Family Law

  • Representing clients in respect of children’s matters involving disputes about the interpretation of shared care under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
  • Assisting clients to address unwelcome recommendations in a family report about their children’s arrangements and other issues that may affect parenting matters, such as mental illness, alcohol or drugs or parental alienation.
  • Representing grandparents, other relatives or carers (for example former spouses, partners or sperm donors) to secure time with children (including on the death of biological parents) and successfully opposing such applications.
  • Advising on the full spectrum of property settlement matters, ranging from the division of a house and superannuation to cases with assets worth in the order of $100 million across four countries, where disclosure and value were in issue.
  • Advising high net wealth individuals in respect of both property settlement and pre-nuptial agreements in the context of the changing family law principles regarding ‘special’ or entrepreneurial’ contributions in matters with asset pools of up to $200 million.
  • Advising spouses and in other cases their parents or grandparents who generated the wealth in respect of contested property matters, financial agreements and asset protection as to the inclusion of family wealth held in trusts or companies.
  • Negotiating and drafting financial agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting financial agreements for clients who, for example, simply wish to protect one asset, an inheritance or a business by way of a comparatively straight-forward document.
  • Negotiating and drafting court orders that affected a property settlement and business restructure with third parties in a manner that secured all the available tax and duty concessions; protecting a family dynasty valued at more than $600 million.
  • Establishing child maintenance trusts for clients to allow them to meet their child support and spousal maintenance obligations in the most tax effective manner.
  • Advising clients on the interaction between their relationship agreements and their estate planning, business structuring and asset protection strategies.

Areas of Expertise


Podcast: Coffee with CGW – Get to know Justine Woods

Join us for a coffee chat with family law partner Justine Woods and private client partner Scott Hay-Bartlem as we delve into Justine's background, explore her life outside CGW, and discuss what gets her excited about her work in this candid conversation.

Family loans - what to do and what not to do

In this week’s video, family law partner Justine Woods discusses what to do and what not to do when it comes to family loans.

Marshalling the evidence you need for your family law matter

In this week’s video, family law partner Justine Woods discusses the evidence that you might need to marshal for your family law matter.

What others say

There is only one lawyer I would ever recommend, hence Justine remains top of mind for me…

Family law referrer

Justine Woods is the most professional, dedicated and proficient lawyer I could have ever imagined, and distance was not an issue. Justine’s support and guidance through my separation made it all the more easy to deal with. I have always recommended Justine to my friends or anyone that asks me if I know of a good family lawyer. Great work Justine and thank you for being there for me and my children.

Family law client