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Meet Sarah Edmonstone: The Empathetic Lawyer Breaking Barriers in Law

Article of the Month written by Mevni de Silva

In the world of law, there are often tales of unconventional paths leading to extraordinary careers. Sarah Edmonstone, a shining star at MST Lawyers, is no exception. With a passion for family law and a journey that defies convention, Sarah brings a unique perspective and a compassionate approach to her practice.

Sarah’s journey into the legal realm wasn’t a straight line. Like many of us, she found herself at a crossroads after secondary school, unsure of her path forward. Instead of plunging into a Bachelor of Arts, something she was contemplating at the time, she took a detour and enrolled in a legal secretary course. Little did she know, this decision would set her on a remarkable trajectory in the legal field.

Sarah began her career at a law firm in the city, working as a legal secretary. From there, she embarked on a journey through various legal landscapes, from commercial firms to construction law. Working alongside article clerks, Sarah found herself drawn to the intricate dynamics of family matters.

It was during this time that she began playing with the idea of pursuing a law degree. Juggling work, studies, and motherhood, Sarah embarked on a part-time journey to obtain her degree. With unwavering determination and the support of her colleagues and friends, she navigated the complexities of legal studies while continuing to excel in her professional life.

Interestingly, the principal of MST’s family law department was her opponent in some legal matters! Her character and her commitment to finding common ground even in the most contentious of matters was well recognised. Sarah’s path eventually led her to MST Lawyers, where her collaborative approach and empathetic demeanour found a perfect fit within the family law department.

But Sarah’s impact goes beyond the courtroom. She understands the emotional toll that family law cases can take on both clients and legal professionals. Learning to establish boundaries between work and personal life was a journey in itself, one that took years of practice and personal growth. Today, Sarah not only provides legal counsel but also serves as a pillar of support for her clients, guiding them through turbulent times with empathy and understanding.

Recently accredited as a mediator, Sarah is expanding her toolkit to offer alternative avenues for resolution. She recognizes the importance of mediation in family law, where emotions often run high, and she is committed to helping her clients find amicable solutions that pave the way for a brighter future.

In her practice, Sarah dispels common misconceptions about family law with patience and clarity. From debunking the notion that divorce equals automatic property settlement to addressing cultural and religious beliefs that may influence parenting arrangements, she takes the time to educate her clients and empower them to make informed decisions.

For Sarah, being a family lawyer isn’t just about navigating the intricacies of the legal system; it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s providing a listening ear or offering practical solutions, she approaches each case with dedication and compassion, ensuring that her clients feel supported every step of the way.

So, what’s next for Sarah Edmonstone? With her unwavering commitment to her clients and her passion for positive change, the sky’s the limit. As she continues to break barriers and redefine what it means to be a family lawyer, one thing is certain: Sarah’s journey is far from over, and her impact will be felt for years to come.

How can people connect with Sarah?

If you have a family law matter, including property and financial settlements, contact and parenting orders, financial agreements, divorce applications, spousal maintenance, drafting of consent orders, or you are in need of a family law mediator, you can connect with Sarah for a complimentary consultation through our Legally Yours marketplace by heading here OR to learn more about MST Lawyers, head to www.mst.com.au

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