Welcome to Bernadette Johnston

We are delighted to announce that Bernadette Johnston has merged her practice with Berry Family Law and will be working in our Melbourne office. It’s like welcoming back a family friend because our connection to Bernadette goes way, way back.

Bernadette is a highly experienced family lawyer with a pragmatic approach. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1989 and has spent the last 28 years either practising in a Family Law firm, caring for children, or both.

After years of working as a Family Law Specialist and as the managing partner in a city firm dealing exclusively in Family Law, Bernadette believes that having an office with a Persian rug on the floor or a stunning view doesn’t help clients who simply want sensible, practical advice. She listens to the concerns and priorities of her clients and helps them achieve the best result possible so that they can get on with their lives.

Bernadette has served on the Education sub-committee of the Law Institute of Victoria Family Law Section and has lectured at the Law Institute of Victoria and the Leo Cussen Institute of Continuing Legal Education. It is her view that effective Family Law practise must combine technical expertise with the ability to identify and solve issues efficiently and with sensitivity.

Bernadette is currently Vice Chair of the Family Law Courts Practise Committee and a member of the Family Law Executive Committee.