I have been practising exclusively in family law since being called to the bar in 2013. Prior to being called to the bar, I worked as a family law clerk for 7 years. As a law clerk in family law, the more cases and files with which I assisted, the more my desire grew to help people who are going through one of the most (if not the most) challenging and stressful times in their lives. After several years of clerk experience, I decided to further my education in order to expand my knowledge and skills in law, so that my contribution and assistance to clients could be taken to the next level.
I obtained an H.B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, while continuing to work as a law clerk at a prominent family law boutique firm in the Peel Region, as I completed my undergraduate degree. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I attended Bond University and obtained my Juris Doctor in 2012. Following law school, I articled and became an associate lawyer at a family law firm in Peel, until 2016 when I joined this great team at SFL.
As a lawyer, I have experience with mediation and litigation, and I have dealt with a broad range of issues in financial matters as well as custody and access disputes. I am settlement-oriented, but I am also a strong advocate for my clients who need to litigate their issues in contentious matters. I am able to tailor my style and approach based on each client’s individual needs. Being a child of divorce myself, I am also able to look at each matter and treat each client with empathy and compassion, as I understand the emotional strains which sometimes accompany the process of separation/divorce. My clients quickly find me to be their voice of reason, as well as their strong support system, both in the legal and emotional sense.
Whether you are going through an amicable separation or a contentious one, if you find that you need a voice – whether it be a voice of reason, and/or a voice to advocate for you – please schedule a consultation with me. I would be more than happy to meet to discuss your situation and your needs.
It is gratifying to be able to alleviate both the legal and emotional strains of the process of separation/divorce and to be able to positively impact a client’s future.
-- Julie Chan