Joelene Nel

Senior Associate specialising in Family Law, Mediator & Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

The breakdown of a relationship and family can be a time of instability and the unknown.

With more than 10 years of experience in family law, Joelene takes away fear through compassionate service and remarkable skills in negotiation.

Her work covers all areas of family law including:-

  • Divorce,
  • Property settlement,
  • De facto relationships,
  • Parenting orders,
  • Children’s matters (including recovery orders, relocation applications and child maintenance),
  • Financial Agreements, and
  • Dispute Resolution/Mediation.

Joelene’s experience extends to Family Court trials and extensive court appearances relating to domestic violence.

Her passion for helping people overcome these challenges and build happy lives extends to volunteering at the Robina Community Legal Centre and as a mentor to others in the legal profession. Joelene is also the current Treasurer of the Gold Coast District Law Association.


“Thank you for co-mediating with me today. You are a true mediator, calm, empathetic, professional, nice and patient. It was great to work with you.”

“Thanks for all your help to date, you have been excellent!”
Early Career Lawyer Mentee

“Congratulations Joelene on a terrific effort for the homeless [St Vinnies CEO Sleepout]. You and your firm are obviously lawyers with a social conscience. The legal world needs more people like you!”
Supporter of the CEO Sleepout

“I’d just wanted to say thank you for all your help and getting the Apprehended Violence Order yesterday.”
Female client in Domestic Violence Proceedings

“Thank you for your instructions in this matter. It was a pleasure working with you as always.”

“I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of my referral for me. She was very happy with everything that you did for her.”
Conveyancing Manager 

“The mediation was very smoothly and professionally conducted in a warm and welcoming venue. As a family law property matter where young children were involved some of the issues were sensitive. Our mediator Joelene Nel was skilled at putting the parties at their ease and talking through in a calm way some tough issues both in group and one on one sessions. It was a long day but very happily the matter settled and final orders were agreed and signed off on the day. I am sure that without mediation this matter would have run on for many more months. Thanks to all.”
Lawyer outside the firm

“I really enjoyed working with you… I value your empathy and professionalism.”
Family Law Mediator