Family Lawyer – Peter Sochacki

I have practised law in NSW and Queensland since 1976 (36 years). I was accredited as a family law specialist in the mid-1990s. I am a former principal of the firm now known as “O’Reilly & Sochacki lawyers” of Murwillumbah, in far northern NSW.

I practice principally in family law however, as an experienced country practitioner, I have a broad range of experiences.

Apart from family law, I have substantial experience in:

  • Property;
  • Wills & Estates;
  • The law and practice around powers of attorney, guardianship appointments, as well as advance health directives;

I’m a trained collaborative lawyer (2011). Collaborative law is an interesting and effective way of negotiating a fair settlement in any dispute but, it is especially amenable for use in family law disputes, be they children’s or property matters.

I work principally in Queensland and NSW. I have matters in Sydney, Brisbane and for North Queensland, as well is locally in the Gold Coast/Tweed Coast area, where I live.

I also work as a locum tenens, for other legal firms, principally in family law, working as far as Cairns in FNQ.

Nothing beats experience.

Professional Qualifications/ Professional Memberships/ Areas of Legal Expertise

Professional Qualifications

  1. In continuous private practice, as a solicitor in NSW, since 1976.
  2. In continuous private practice, as a solicitor, in Queensland, since 1988.
  3. Member number 19 of QL [formally known as “quality in law –Qil”].


  1. B.A., Macquarie University, 1971.
  2. B.A. [Hons.], Macquarie University, 1973.
  3. Bachelor of laws, UNSW, 1976.
  4. Specialist accreditation, family law, NSW, mid-90s.
  5. Collaborative law practitioner (2011).

Professional Memberships

  1. Law society of NSW, 1976 to the present.
  2. Law society of Queensland, 1988 to the present.
  3. Family law section, Law Council Australia, from about 1988.
  4. St. James ethics Centre Sydney.
  5. Past member Locus buddy support group, until 2006.
  6. Past member Lawcover buddy support group until 2006.
  7. Past director of Far North Coast law society [NSW].
  8. Member of Queensland collaborative law Inc.

Areas of Legal Expertise

  1. Family law from 1976, continuously. The last 10 years or so, as accredited specialist in family law.
  2. Wills & Estates; PAs & Guardianships and trust estate management.
  3. Property law, especially in NSW but also in Queensland.
  4. Past experience in professional indemnity law, relating to the legal profession.
  5. Traffic & criminal law.
  6. Mediation.  In its application to civil matters, as well as family law.