Andrew Crooke

Andrew is a Director and an Accredited Specialist
in our Family Law Team.

Biography

My name is Andrew Crooke and I am a Director of the Murdoch Lawyers Family Law team based in both our Brisbane and Toowoomba offices. I was admitted as a Solicitor in 1994 and I’ve worked at Murdoch Lawyers since 2004. I have been a Director at Murdochs since 2009 and have practiced exclusively in Family Law for over 20 years. I am a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Collaboratively Trained Professional.

I work between both the Toowoomba and Brisbane offices, and also travel regularly to assist clients in other locations including Darwin, New South Wales, far north Queensland and other regional areas throughout Queensland and Australia. I also assist clients who are currently employed or living overseas, such as members of the Australian Defence Force.

I am President of the University of Southern Queensland Cricket Club Toowoomba and have coached several junior representative cricket teams in the region. I regularly support different charitable organisations with sponsorship and or attendance at events including Legacy Brisbane, Young Care, CARP and 42 to 42.

I am a previous President of the Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association and have served on committees with The Queensland Law Society mentor programme and also currently sit on the board of Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners.  I was part of the Toowoomba Collaborative Law Pilot programme.

I have extensive experience in all facets of Family Law and legal issues that arise from relationship breakdowns. My specialisation includes Binding Financial Agreements, complex family trusts or company arrangements, representing third parties and advising trustee’s in bankruptcy who have been joined into property disputes. I assist parties in obtaining or defending Domestic Violence Orders. I work regularly with people involved in farming ventures, mining, earthmoving, transport, building and construction, fisheries and general business. I have also represented parties in overseas international and interstate relocation cases.

I have undertaken significant training and worked with parties in Collaborative Law matters over the last 12 years.

  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Family Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020
  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading High-Value/Complex Property & Commercial Matters Lawyer, Regional Queensland, 2020
  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Parenting Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020
  • Recognised as a leading High-Value/Complex Property & Commercial Matters Lawyer in Regional Queensland 2019
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

I have built a strong network with other leading experts in Valuation, Financial Facilitators, Accounting, Financial Planning and Allied health professionals to work co-operatively with and provide the best results for my clients.

I am regularly referred work from these experts and other legal professionals as a trusted advisor in my field of Family Law.

I reside just outside of Toowoomba on a farming property with my wife and two teenage sons. We breed Droughtmaster cattle and other livestock.

Practice Areas

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Bond University)
  • Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist – Family Law
  • Collaborative Law Practitioner
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of High Court of Australia
  • Accredited Mediator through the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators

Associations

  • The Honorary Solicitor for Legacy Brisbane
  • Board Member of Queensland Collaborative Practice
  • Member of Family Law Practitioners Association Queensland
  • Member of Darling Downs & South Western Queensland Law Association
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Committee member – Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
  • President of the University of Southern Queensland Cricket Club and has coached several Junior representative cricket teams in Toowoomba

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Family Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020
  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading High-Value/Complex Property & Commercial Matters Lawyer, Regional Queensland, 2020
  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Parenting Lawyer, Toowoomba & Darling Downs, 2020
  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading High-Value/Complex Property & Commercial Matters Lawyer, Regional Queensland, 2019

Articles

The Impact of Inheritances on Family Law Property Settlements

Inheritances are often a contentious issue in family law property settlements due to the emotional significance that is attached to…

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Binding Child Support Agreement

This type of Agreement is used as an alternative to having an administrative assessment prepared by the Department of Human…

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Parenting Plan

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement that sets out the parenting arrangements for children. The plan is worked out…

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What is? Family Law Series : Part 4

What are Consent Orders? The next article in our “What Is?” series explains what Consent Orders are, and how to…

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What is? Family Law Series : Part 2

What is a Family Report? This is the second article in our four-part What Is? Series. We have collected the…

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Podcasts

Andrew Crooke - Family Law Solicitor at Murdoch Lawyers Toowoomba

Contact Information

Direct Line: 07 4616 9848