Meet our Team

for the best outcome for your family's future

Leonie Bailey

L.L.B (Hons), Dip Proj Mgt

Principal Lawyer

Leonie Bailey’s role as a Family Law lawyer and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), accredited with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, allows her to help people make better decisions about their future. Leonie holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and post graduate Family Dispute Resolution qualification along with her National Accreditation as a Mediator. With these formal qualifications, she also has many years experience in family law, mediation, and business management and governance.

The use of her multi-disciplinary skills and experience, both in life and the law, give Leonie a solid grounding to support clients while together they negotiate the best outcome for the client’s individual family situation, whether that involves intricate children’s issues or complex property matters. The focus of Leonie’s practice is working with clients who prioritise their children and want to resolve their separation in a fair and equitable manner - people who don’t want to destroy everything that they’ve built in life. Her calming personality helps Leonie guide clients to focus on what is important regarding the issues in their dispute.

Having always worked in client service, as a Director of Stellan Mediation, Leonie is committed to ensuring the firm delivers excellent value and service to those they assist. Client satisfaction is central to her practice.

Leonie knows her clients are busy people and that’s why she provides flexible appointment times to accommodate their commitments.

Leonie’s mediation experience is not limited to family law. Since 2008 she has been working not only in Victoria, but in the Pilbara in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and more recently in Tasmania. Her skills have been applied to complex mediations in remote and difficult areas of Australia, usually with multiple parties. The professional and personal experience gained in these arenas, few people are
able to claim.

When she is not assisting clients, Leonie loves spending time with her amazing kids and grandchildren, and pursues her hobby of photography. Sunday mornings drinking chai latte (she says it must be ‘wet leaf’ and not ‘powdered’) with friends is a time she gets to relax and enjoys just being herself.


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma Family Dispute Resolution
    Accredited and registered with the Attorney General’s Department R1006236.
  • Accredited Mediator – National Mediator Accreditation Scheme
  • Diploma Project Management
  • Certificate in Collaborative Family Law

Current affiliations

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Member Australian Institute of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member Mediation Institute
  • Member Mediation Network U.K.
  • Member Victorian Family Law Pathways Network
  • Member Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Deborah Akers

L.L.B., M Counselling

Principal Lawyer

My legal experience and interests are in Family Law, Intervention/Restraining Orders and Crime. I practice in both Victorian and Western Australia Jurisdictions. I come to the law with a sold background in the health and education industries.

With a background in the health industry and child development, I consider the context of a client’s family and their life circumstances when trying to resolve their legal issues. I realise that perhaps more than in any other area of law, a Family Law matter is stressful and potentially damaging to everyone in the family, particularly when there are children involved. For this reason, I try to settle matters through negotiation, rather than heading straight to a court.

I have a particular interest in working with families experiencing Family Violence. This includes assisting them to manage the impact of violence on their legal issues. The sorts of decisions needed to be made in a Family Law matter can be especially difficult for clients where violence exists within the family.

When it comes to Criminal Law, it’s important to work understand the context and circumstances of the individual client and the charges they face. I have represented clients facing charges in Magistrates' Courts across Victoria and in the Pilbara.

When I'm not practising law, I can be found watching my beloved Essendon Bombers, spending time with my family and walking my two dogs.


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Masters in Counselling and Human Services
  • Gr Dip in Child & Family Health

Current Affiliations

  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of ANZAPPL
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria