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Alicia Prest

Alicia has been with Campbell & Co. Lawyers since 2016 and a director of the firm since January 2018. She was admitted to the ACT Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia in 2018.

Areas of expertise

Alicia has over twelve years pre-admission experience working in private law firms and legal branches within the public sector. She works primarily in all aspects of Family Law. She is also experienced in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate administration and is developing our firm’s Employment Law practice.

She has worked on simple and complex Family Law matters, including children’s matters involving relocation within Australia and overseas and has handled property matters with a modest asset pool to multi-million dollar asset pools, including family trusts, overseas assets and farming properties that have been in one party’s family for generations.

The scale and breadth of Alicia’s Family Law works extends from straight forward divorces to divorces involving separation under the one roof; child support agreements; financial agreements and reaching agreements through negotiations, mediation, collaborative practice and through the Court process. She has experience in dealing with married relationships, de facto relationships and same-sex relationships. Alicia has also had the privilege of advising families in relation to surrogacy and adoption matters and formalising these family arrangements in the ACT Supreme Court.

Alicia also works in areas of law which revolve around other matters of concern for families, namely, wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardians, estate planning, conveyancing, the administration of deceased estates and acting in disputed estates. Alicia has much experience assisting clients to plan for their future and their family’s future.

Her other main area is with employment law, skillfully handling all manner of issues relating to the employment relationship for both employees and employers, including harassment, discrimination, termination of employment, and the management of difficult employee issues.

Alicia represents clients in tribunals and superior courts in employment, industrial relations and restraint of trade/restrictive covenant cases and is an experienced litigator.

Alicia’s down to earth nature and ‘can do’ attitude can be attributed to her country upbringing.  She has a keen eye for detail and prides herself on providing clients with a comprehensive legal service from beginning to resolution and keeping her clients informed every step of the way. She is building an excellent reputation amongst clients and colleagues alike.

Recognition

Alicia graduated from the University of Canberra with First Class Honours in 2018 and was the recipient of the Herbert Burton Medal, a prestigious award presented to one graduating student university-wide for academic excellence and significant contribution to the University and wider community.

During her studies, Alicia received three Dean’s excellence awards for achieving and maintaining a GPA of 6.5 and above and topped several units (while raising her three boys, studying full time and working almost full time), including:

  • The Professor Patricia Easteal Prize for the highest academic achieving student in Advanced Legal Research and Writing (Honours);
  • The ACT Bar Association prize for the highest academic achieving student in Evidence Law;
  • The FGD prize for the highest academic achieving student in Family Law;
  • The Clayton Utz prize for the highest academic achieving student in Employment Discrimination and the Law;
  • The ANZAPPL ACT prize for the highest academic achieving student in Mental Health Law;
  • LexisNexis prize for the highest academic achieving student in Women and the Law;
  • The Centre for Internet Safety Prize for the highest academic achieving student in Cybercrime Law.

Alicia has recently been published in the Australian Journal of Family Law having co-authored the article (based on her Honours research): ‘Discounting the Mother-Child Relationship in Parenting Orders: A Snapshot in Time’ Australian Journal of Family Law 32(3) 221-248.

In 2018 Alicia was nominated for the ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year and ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year Early Career.

During her time at university, Alicia co-founded the University of Canberra Women Lawyers Mentor Program which matches later year law students with practising lawyers to assist the transition from law student to lawyer. Alicia continues to participate in this program as a mentor and enjoys mentoring future members of the profession. She also values those in the profession who she considers to be her own mentors.