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Family Lawyer – Daniel Coates

Daniel Coates is one of our Principal Family Lawyers, Nationally Accredited Mediator, and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

I have been involved in Family Law in Brisbane for many years.  Since my admission to law, I have chosen to specialise in family law, and have been practicing in both the public and private sectors.

More and more frequently, I see relationships and families taking a different direction to that which they intended.  I have chosen to specialise in family law because I believe that different direction does not have to result in the animosity that we hear about so often.  The new beginning can be a positive one, and I have had the privilege of helping many clients through this journey.  I understand and appreciate the need for a holistic approach to family law, and ensure my client’s financial and emotional wellbeing is as secure as their legal position.

My clients regularly describe me as providing calm and level headed advice, which keeps them strong and on the right path to their new beginning.

I endeavour to live by, and practice, and often quote Reinhold Neibuhr:

‘Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference’

In practice, I find this helps my clients to sift through the various stresses and issues which can come from personal relationships, and help them view their most positive path forward.  In applying this to their matter, it also helps me to explain to them the benefits of settlement where it provides them with a outcome they are happy with, and saves them legal fees.  It also helps my clients to accept issues which they cannot change, and keep focused if litigation is inevitable.

My tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Through my law studies, I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honours Society in recognition of my scholastic achievement and excellence in law study, being in the top 15% of all graduates.

Whilst working at Legal Aid Queensland, I obtained a significant amount of experience as a solicitor advocate in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court, Children’s and various Magistrates Courts throughout south east Queensland in some of the most complex and challenging legal cases.  I believe my courtroom and negotiation skills have delivered some significant wins for my clients.

My practice is primarily in Family Law, specialising in parenting arrangements, property settlements, domestic violence matters (particularly when they impact upon parenting), de facto relationships, and divorce, and surrogacy advice.  I also provide advice in relation to wills and estate planning matters.

I strongly believe in family law clients having access to quality legal advice and a strong sense of community justice, and have volunteered my time for many years at the Nundah Legal Clinic, and more recently acting on the Management Committee for the Nundah Neighbourhood Centre & Community Legal Service.  I’ve also acted as a past committee member on the Queensland Law Society’s Access to Justice / Pro Bono Law Committee.



  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

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