Allison Callaghan

Senior Associate Solicitor

Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

McCarthy Family Law is family-run, family operated, and family-focused.

Allison’s depth of knowledge and experience as a senior family lawyer, combined with her dedication to the best outcome for her clients makes her a highly sought-after lawyer in the family law field. 

Previously holding senior positions at a leading national firm and respected mid-tier firms on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, she is known for her ethical approach, common sense advice and straightforward negotiation skills. 

Allison has recently spent 18 months immersed in the practice of family law mediation. She adds skills and qualifications as a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner to her background as a respected negotiator and litigator. 

Her focus is on achieving an outcome that relieves her clients of the stress and financial burden often associated with family law matters. Adopting an approach of resolution through negotiation and mediation as the primary goal but utilising her litigation skills and experience when necessary. 

As a Noosa local of 30 years she and her family make the most of enjoying the amazing social and beach lifestyle Noosa has to offer.

Areas of Expertise


Allison is an experienced and respected negotiator and employs those skills to assist her clients achieve a positive resolution as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, without engaging in or escalating conflict.  

In situations where her client’s best interests cannot be met through this process, she has the skills and proficiency to ensure her client’s experience in the Court system is as brief, effective and low stress as possible.

Being involved in a family law matter is not in anyone’s plans, but with Allison on your team you can confidently make fresh plans for the future.

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws
Southern Cross University

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
College of Law

Practice Management Course
Queensland Law Society

Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
The Australian Institute of  Social Relations


  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of the Queensland Law Society
  • Member of the Sunshine Coast Law Society
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia (Family Law Division)
  • Member Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Member Australian Institute of Family Law Mediators
  • Member of the Mediation Institute
  • Volunteer/ Pro-Bono Lawyer for Suncoast Community Legal Service


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