VM Family Law is Brookwater and Springfield's only dedicated family law practice.
Katherine Manby, began her career as a lawyer in England. Since moving to Queensland she has had experience in both private law and legal aid. It was her work as a Senior Lawyer in the Violence Prevention and Women’s Advocacy Team at Legal Aid, which inspired her to open her own practice.
Katherine, who prefers to be called Kath, set up her Brookwater practice in order to be available to those who needed her most. While other law firms were withdrawing from Legal Aid and charging initial consult fees, Kath went against the grain by offering free initial consultations for clients needing advice in family law or domestic violence matters. This has given members of the Ipswich community confidence, clarity and a friend to call with legal know how, when they needed it most.
When visiting Kath at VM Family Law, you’ll notice some distinct differences in the way she practices law compared to the stuffy old ‘boys club’ approach. While exuding confidence and being a wealth of experience and knowledge, she is also casual, calm and comforting. Kath believes that the fancy clothes are for court so you’ll often see her in her jeans and a t-shirt while in the office. She has truly created a space for her clients to feel at ease, as if they’re visiting with a friend who just happens to be knowledgeable and efficient in all things family law.
Kath has worked with clients on a broad range of matters, including parenting arrangements, domestic violence, child support, binding financial agreements, representation in court, property settlement, divorce and child support. She also has working relationships with other organisations such as DVAC, Salvos Legal and a number of Barristers who can provide clients Counsel if needed.
Read Kath's verified client reviews as one of the best South West Brisbane family lawyers and book your free first consultation today.
Karyn Maree, 26 May 2020
So far Kath and her team have been helpful and understanding.
Candice, 22 May 2020
Denise, 3 March 2020
Exceptional, effective, efficent professional. Kath knows exactly what she doing. I felt comfortable. I know/feel she absolutely trustworthy is 100% acting in my best interests. I feel safe in her care.
Tonia, 28 February 2020
Kath Manby is a wise, caring, helpful solicitor. Gives honest advice and directed me to other outside companies for my needs to be met. Thank you Kath.
Jennifer, 8 December 2019
Had a very productive consultation with Kath's paralegal assistant. Very professional and helpful regarding all aspects of my case. Thanks again.
Denise, 8 November 2019
EXPLAINED THINGS CLEARLY LISTENED TO ME AND MY CONCERNS VERY SATISFIED THANK U
Andrea, 16 September 2019
I was so nervous before my appointment as I have never dealt with a lawyer before. Kath was reassuring and patient when listening to my case and thorough and considered in advice. I felt calm and confident when ending my appointment and look forward to working with Kath in future.
Deveena, 27 May 2019
Stephen, 11 May 2019
Felt very confident in a great outcome.
Karen, 19 February 2019
Thanks Kathy put at ease very help
Naomi, 13 December 2018
Amazing and helpful
Vivienne, 2 November 2018
Friendly ,informative and approachable.
Nicole, 23 October 2018
My overall experience was great. Very professional, yet still personal and extremely informative.
Helga, 9 October 2018
As always Kath was helpful and I thank her for trying to get the best outcome for me.
Carol, 9 October 2018
Great lawyer and very informative.
Kate, 4 October 2018
Kath was very straightforward and helpful
Helga, 27 September 2018
As always Kath was very helpful I believe that she will get the best results for me.
Nikita, 27 September 2018
Kath was amazing. I was nervous before I went in but she made me feel comfortable and that I was in a safe place.
Jennifer, 20 September 2018
Kath is very attentive, thorough and knowledgeable in her advice. I would recommend her services.
Aaron, 4 September 2018
Worth while call very informative
Helga, 30 August 2018
Kath was and always is helpful and pleasant
Pam, 25 August 2018
Definitely working on my behalf for the best outcome. Good recommendations.
Shivanthie, 21 July 2018
She was very honest and detailed in her explanations about certain processes and I felt I could ask anything.
Penny, 4 July 2018
Answer my queries and very helpful
Celeste, 29 June 2018
Kath was very easy to talk to and conveyed assurance in my situation. I felt confident in her knowledge and ability to help me. I was very satisfied with her service and assistance.
Marie Theresa, 8 June 2018
Very helpful and understanding of my needs. Went above and beyond I’d say
Helga, 4 June 2018
As always, Kath was very helpful
Leila, 21 May 2018
I found Kath to be totally understanding of my situation and very knowledgeable and was able to immediately advice me of the best solution
Lauren, 7 May 2018
Was very pleased with my experience
Linda, 2 May 2018
Absolutely awesome would recommend her to anyone very good at her work. Thank you.
Kirsty, 1 May 2018
Very happy with Kath
Arezou (Amy), 25 April 2018
Everything is excellent
David, 20 March 2018
Excellent very helpful
Antony, 14 March 2018
I can't give you five for everything Kath. It was not as difficult as I thought it may be. I was pleased the you were actually listening and gave advice accordingly. I was encouraged and thank you greatly. Thanks.
Andrew, 7 March 2018
We were very impressed with Kath Manby and feel she will do her best to help us get the best possible outcome with our issue.
Elizabeth, 6 March 2018
I have been very lucky to have been introduced to Katherine as she understands my situation better than most and is considerate of any consequences of her actions on my behalf.
Tracy, 20 February 2018
Kath is very easy to talk to and discuss matters. She is propmt with all aspects of her communication. Highly recommend her .
Katie, 1 February 2018
Kath Manby is a very nice lady. Seemed to be understanding and I would recommend her.
Chris, 17 January 2018
Thank you for sharing your invaluable knowledge. I will be in touch depending how things progress at home.
Georgina, 12 January 2018
Overall I was extremely happy
Veronica, 5 January 2018
Kath was absolutely amazing!! I will definitely be back and also recommending her to others x
Jannah, 28 December 2017
I found Kath very easy to talk to about difficult circumstances and her knowledge and compassion amazing.
Julie, 20 December 2017
It was a pleasure to meet Kath. She was very helpful & professional.
Kirsty, 20 December 2017
Extremely happy with Kath, she is very down to earth and I felt very at ease straight away. Kath was patient and understanding and offered me so great advice .I would happily recommend her.
Brooke, 7 December 2017
My appointment with Kath was very informative. She was great. I won't hesitate to come back if I need to.
Ashleigh, 2 December 2017
Positive experience with an excellent lawyer..
Elizabeth, 24 November 2017
I have had nothing but good help from Kath Manby with my legal matter which is very sensitive and requires the experience of tactfulness. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to anyone who is interested in having legal support in a family law matter
Leesa, 8 November 2017
Very friendly. Gave good advice and tried to help in any way possible.
Sonia, 16 October 2017
Kath was very helpful. Thanks Kath for all of your help!
Tracy, 16 October 2017
Friendly and helpful lawyer. Gave us some hope.
Kellie, 30 September 2017
Kath was very helpful and caring about the current situation. Highly recommended!
Helga, 28 September 2017
As always Katherine was helpful and I leave the office knowing and trusting that she is working in my best interest.
Lincoln, 8 September 2017
Katherine was great. She knew what she was talking about. She explained everything to me thoroughly. Great lawyer.
Helga, 27 August 2017
I believe that Kath is working in my interest and will get me the best result possible. Helga
Helga, 6 August 2017
Kath was very friendly and helped me with my problems. She gave me good advise and I left feeling more confident to get a result for my property settlement. Thank you Kath.
Jacob, 31 July 2017
Kath was a friendly and open person who could quickly assess the situation and provide useful advice. I would not hesitate in recommending her services to others.
Natalie, 28 July 2017
Expert advice with outstanding legal analysis
Kim, 21 June 2017
Kath is extremely personable, approachable, understanding and empathetic. I would highly recommend Kath and VM Family Law.
Emily, 10 March 2017
Friendly, positive, helpful and just wonderful as usual
Neve, 7 February 2017
Kath is lovely and professional. She shows a genuine interest and does her best to get you the best outcome.
Heather, 11 January 2017
Really easy to talk to, informative and value for money.
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