Meet the Team

Perpetua Kish (Pepe)

Principal Lawyer

Hello and welcome! I’m Pepe and I am the
Director & Co-Founder of Balance Family Law.

My goal is for kindness to be considered a strength and not a weakness in the practice of family law.

“Pepe is not a lawyer, she is an amazing human being. No, she is an angel (disguised as a lawyer). She elevated all stress and pressure and was my rock in one of the worst times in my life. She provided me with so much more than advice and representation, she guided me to be the person I am today.”

– Happy Family Law Client

“I have followed Pepe for 11 years of family law assistance I have needed. She has been a calm beacon of light through some really difficult times in my life. Pepe provided measured balanced advice which allowed me to feel well supported and able to navigate what is a confusing and mentally tough road”.

– Happy Family Law Client

Jonathon Naef (Jono)

Senior Lawyer

Hi, I’m Jono and I am a lawyer & Co-founder of Balance Family Law.

My goal is to make the law and legal solutions more accessible (and affordable).

LawyersWeekly 30Under30 2022 Winner Wills and Estates

“Jono was super helpful and efficient in getting my will and estate plan in order. Very knowledgeable and was always willing to make the time to ensure I understood the why’s and how’s of my will. Would definitely recommend Jono and the Balance Team to anyone and everyone!” 

– Happy Estate Planning Client

“I’d just like to say that Jonathan Naef was a spectacular lawyer and our recent divorce settlement went incredibly smoothly and speedily thanks to him and I think he deserves a lot of credit for it. He cared, was prompt, always delivered” 

– Happy Family Law Client

Muhamed Mehmedbasic

Senior Lawyer

Muhamed joined the Balance family as a Senior Lawyer in September 2022.

Muhamed chose to study law near the end of high school as part of a double degree with music, and the attraction to practising law grew through his studies.

What intrigues Muhamed most about law is helping people through uncertainties and extremes, and (from the technical side of legal practice) the emphasis on language and logic.

He has a calm, measured and meticulous approach, while remaining aware that some cases are more marred by too much detail than by just enough.

Muhamed completed Mental Health First Aid Accreditation with Mental Health First Aid Australia In December 2022.

In Muhamed’s spare time, he enjoys playing or listening to music, particularly live gigs, given the last few years. Muhamed plays the double bass and enjoys performing classical and jazz.

Muhamed’s goal within legal practice is a satisfaction that it had been practised well, and his addition to the team has brought a fresh sense of balance to our growing team (pun intended!).

Divya Kamath

Lawyer

Divya joined the Balance family as a Graduate Law Clerk in September 2022. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT in February 2023, and will soon be embarking on a career as a Lawyer and excitedly looking forward to the opportunities ahead.

Driven by her strong sense of fairness, Divya has always aspired to be a lawyer, and is particularly drawn to family law because of the direct interaction with people and having the opportunity to support them through a very emotional phase. Divya enjoys the unique challenges posed by family law’s discretionary nature, as no two cases are ever the same.

The biggest learning in her career so far is that in family law, better outcomes may be achieved in a more collaborative way than by adversarial means and this helps parties maintain a better relationship with each other. Towards this, she has recently completed the Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training through MELCA Academy.

Divya is persistent and has a never-give-up attitude towards the goals she sets, however distant or hard they may seem.

Divya is a member of Diverse Women in Law, and in her spare time, she loves travelling and spending quality time with her family.

Claire Bousfield

Paralegal

Claire joined the Balance family as a paralegal in February 2022.

Claire has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Canberra. She is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with the College of Law Australia.

Drawing on her study and experience as a paralegal, Claire understands that family law issues often leave clients feeling broken and vulnerable. As such, she is passionate about assisting clients in a legal sense whilst also providing support that enables clients to negotiate their legal and personal situations confidently and capably. Further, Claire has taken a keen interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a primary and preferred means of solving family law disputes. During her time at Balance, Claire has noted the clear advantages of ADR as a path encouraging positive outcomes through acknowledgement, consideration, and management of client emotions. Claire aspires to be a significant contributor to ADR in family law by promoting a practice that can meet clients’ needs in kind, respectful, and amicable ways.
Claire is the current President of the Canberra Law Students’ Society at the University of Canberra. Her various positions in the Society have seen Claire lead various initiatives aimed at promoting equitable experiences and outcomes for all Canberra Law students. In 2022, Claire was selected to represent the University of Canberra in the Intervarsity Mooting Competition and was a quarterfinalist in the Australian Law Student Association’s International and Humanitarian Moot in Brisbane.

In her spare time Claire enjoys keeping active, an occasional Netflix binge, and spending time with family and friends (including her golden bundle of Labrador joy, Henry).

Isabelle Lo

Paralegal

Isabelle joined the Balance family as a Paralegal in March 2023, and is currently studying a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Biotechnology. Isabelle’s journey into the legal profession was fueled by her interest in the innovative and rapidly advancing biotech industry and what that means for law, whether it be intellectual property or regulating the industry.

As a result of the rare combination of law and biotech study, Isabelle brings to Balance a rare set of skills and experience which she has learned from studying two very different disciplines. Isabelle enjoys applying her skills to help colleagues at Balance achieve the best outcomes for clients.

Isabelle completed the mental health first aid course through Mental Health First Aid Australia in 2022.

In her spare time, Isabelle plays soccer with the ANUWFC, embarks on the (very) occasional run, enjoys working on puzzles with her housemates, and is a self-confessed lover of cleaning the house.

Clare Jobson

Consultant Lawyer

Clare joined the Balance family as a consultant in June 2020.

Clare runs her own practice CJ Legal, which opened in Adelaide in 2015. CJ Legal is now based in Brisbane where Clare resides with her Defence partner Jason. It’s Clare’s goal to assist families with navigating their way through various legal issues.

As a Defence spouse herself, Clare has a special interest in assisting Defence families with all the unique associated challenges that military life brings. Clare’s legal career includes employment with the Department of Justice in the Northern Territory, and for Public Trustee in South Australia, in Private Practice, and in the Community Legal Sector.

A passion for social justice means Clare has worked as a volunteer solicitor for various Community Legal Services, in every state she has lived in. Clare is currently a volunteer solicitor at Women’s Legal Service in QLD.

In July 2015 Clare completed her Independent Children’s Lawyer course, which in combination with her 24+ years of nursing and other experience brings a unique perspective to her legal practice.

Clare has appeared on the Happy Lawyer Happy Life (episode 121) and the Military Wife Military Life (episode 49) Podcasts and in Lawyers Weekly publications.

Anne Connor

Consultant Lawyer

Anne joined the Balance family as a consultant in 2021.

She entered law to defend the vulnerable across all walks of life and believes that not many can be more vulnerable than children caught in conflict. Anne, therefore, values spending time with her clients and working for them in a way that empowers them to overcome conflict and self-interest and seek what is best for their children – sometimes all you need is the right person in your corner! 

Anne commenced her legal career in early 2014 as a Deputy Associate to a Judge in the then Federal Circuit Court, before moving into private practice in early 2016 for a reputable suburban firm southwest of Sydney. She now owns and operates her own practice which gives her the ability to work closely with Balance Family Law as a consultant, a priority of hers.

Anne predominantly practices in Family Law (including Child Support), but also has experience in Fair Work, Estate Planning & Estate Administration, Coronial Inquests, Crime, Bankruptcy and Small Claims matters. Anne enjoys bringing the variety of her experiences to benefit her Family Law clients who can often have more than one legal problem at a time.

Supratha Thinakaran

Administration Officer

Supratha joined the Balance family as Administration Officer in July 2023. She is currently in the last semester of her Master of Management degree specialising in digital transformation, at the Australian National University.

Supratha’s interest in digital transformation was driven by a desire to enable organisations to reach their goals efficiently and effectively by integrating technology with all areas of the business.

She has also completed a Bachelor of Culinary Management degree with William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, and graduated as the highest-ranking student in the class, which resulted in Supratha being awarded the Sir William Angliss International Scholarship.

Using her experience providing superior customer service in hospitality, and her desire to improve Balance Family Law through digital transformation, Supratha is focused on ensuring that each Balance client is provided with the service they deserve, in the most efficient way possible.

In her spare time, Supratha likes watching sitcoms, cooking delicious meals, playing badminton and going for a walk along the lake. She is also guilty of re-watching Modern Family, Big Bang Theory and Friends several times through.

Mischa Warwick

Junior Administration Assistant

Mischa assists the Balance Family Law and The Kind Lawyers teams with graphic design and basic admin duties. She is particularly skilled at creating beautiful content on CANVA.

This is her first ever job as she navigates high school although she has been volunteering for charities since she was 9. She has received many academic awards and in 2019 at just 11, she was awarded an Exceptional Young Person Award at the Annual Children’s Week awards, and also the ACT Children’s Commissioner Award for her volunteer efforts, selected from all nominees across all award categories. In that same year she was also acknowledged with a Fred Hollow’s Award Humanity Award and was the recipient of the Rotary Community Service Award at her school.

She is also an elite award winning dancer, enjoys playing tennis and watching Kath & Kim reruns. She loves all animals, especially cats.

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AWARDS

Finalist - Corporate Kindness Awards

Issued by Corporate Kindness Awards · Winners announced April 2022

Winner - Sole Practitioner of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Dec 2021

Winner – Partner of the Year (Family Law)

Issued by Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards · Nov 2021

Winner - Service Business Award

Issued by Ausmumpreneur Awards · Sep 2021

Winner - Service Business of the Year

Issued by Roar Awards · Sep 2021

Winner - Innovation Award for Legal Education and Change Initiatives

Issued by APAC Insider · Aug 2021

Winner - Top Boutique Law Firm 2021

Issued by Australasian Lawyers · Aug 2021

Winner- Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by APAC Insider · Aug 2021

Finalist - Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist - Innovator of the Year Award (Company)

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist - Innovator of the Year Award (Individual)

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Jun 2021

Finalist – 30 Under 30 Award (Family Law)

Issued by Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards · Apr 2021

Winner - Rising Stars in Family Law

Issued by Global Corp Media · Mar 2021

Finalist -Rising Star Ausmumpreneur of the Year

Issued by Ausmumpreneur Awards · 2021

Finalist -Social Change Hero

Issued by Roar Awards · 2021

Winner - Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Sep 2020

Winner - Family Law Firm of the Year

Issued by Corporate Live Wire · Sep 2020

Winner - Service Business Award

Issued by Ausmumpreneurs · Sep 2020

Winner -Emerging Mumpreneur

Issued by Ausmumpreneur · Sep 2020

Finalist - Sole Practitioner of the Year

Issued by Australian Law Awards · Aug 2020

Winner - Rising Stars of Family Law

Issued by APEC Insider · Jul 2020

Winner – Family Law Firm of the Year (Australia)

Issued by International Advisory Experts (IAG) 2020

Outside of Balance, I am an adjunct lecturer and assessor with the College of Law in the ACT. In this role, I lecture and mentor future lawyers in the ACT and surrounding regions, as they complete their Practical Legal Training (which is the course you are required to complete to be able to practice as a lawyer).

When I am not lawyering I love to travel and have already made it to 18 countries across Europe and Asia. My personal goal is to travel to every continent, including Antarctica. My favourite destination so far is Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, where I skydived over the Swiss Alps!

My innovative approach to law has seen me, and Balance Family Law recognised with over 23 national and international awards and accolades since 2020 including the prestigious Lawyer’s Weekly Family Law Partner of the Year 2021, Australian Law Awards Sole Practitioner of the Year 2021, Australian Law Awards Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2020 and the Gold Ausmumpreneur Award for a Service Business in 2020 and 2021. I have also received consecutive Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence for my work with families and children on the frontline during my time working in child protection. In 2022 and 2023, I was invited to be a Judge at the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards, and Partner of the Year Awards, and the National Ausmumpreneur Awards.

As one of Australia’s most respected family lawyers and a gamechanger in the lawyer space, I look forward to working with you to navigate this challenging time in your life.