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solicitor canberra david ridge barker & barker

David Ridge is the principal of Barker & Barker and one of Canberra's most experienced and respected Family Lawyers. He studied Law at the ANU and was admitted to practice in 1983.

David has had extensive experience in Family Law in which he has practised for more than 30 years. This experience ranges across property disputes and matters involving children's issues. David regularly appears to represent clients in the Courts. He also has a good record of achieving results involving out of court solutions.

In cases involving disputes about the arrangements for children, David has assisted many parents to find solutions that look to both the long term and immediate needs of the children. He understands the need to keep the focus on what is in the best interests of the children, but also understands that identifying what is best for children can be difficult in the context of relationship breakdown.

David is regularly called upon to act as the Independent Children's Lawyer when the Court requires a lawyer to act in that role. He is experienced in children's cases with complex and difficult issues, including cases involving children with disabilities, and children with mental health issues and other behavioural issues. David has significant experience in cases involving indigenous children.

In property matters David has experience in a wide range of matters, from cases where the only issue is a fair apportionment of superannuation between partners, to cases which involved large asset pools and complex financial structures, including assisting clients with property outside Australia.

In line with Barker & Barker's ethos of providing a comprehensive and personalised general legal practice, David also undertakes Estate work and the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney.


Gemma Sutherland

Gemma Sutherland joined Barker & Barkerin May 2017.  Gemma was admitted into practice in November 2016 in NSW.  Prior to moving to the ACT, Gemma worked in a private family law firm within the Western Sydney suburbs.  Gemma has a double degree in Law and Social Science and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Gemma's field of practice at Barker & Barker Solicitors includes children's matters and disputes, property settlement, divorce, care and protection and family dispute resolution.  Gemma has a particular passion for all family law matters.

Gemma is an organised and thorough lawyer who strives to provide clients with compassion and understanding whilst assisting them through their legal issue.  Call Barker & Barker on 6248 7255 to arrange an appointment with Gemma.


Lee Usher-Clarke

lee usher-clarke

Lee Usher-Clarke joined Barker & Barker Solicitors in August 2017. Lee was admitted to legal practice in December 2014.

Prior to her admission Lee gained valuable legal experience working for several years as a paralegal at a small private Canberra law firm. Lee assisted in a range of legal matters in that role while she completed her studies at the Australian National University with a double degree in Law and Arts.

Lee’s primary fields of practice at Barker & barker are Estate work and the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Lee brings a caring approach to her work and understands the sensitivities that are felt by clients at different stages of their lives. She approaches all of her work with complete thoroughness and makes sure her clients understand the processes involved and the options available to them.

Call Barker & Barker on 6248 7255 to arrange an appointment with Lee.


Wayne and Elizabeth Barker


Wayne and Elizabeth Barker both retired as of 1 July 2013. 

Barker & Barker are pleased to be able to continue to assist our clients in all areas of law that Wayne and Elizabeth previously undertook. Please call on 6248 7255 for assistance with any enquiry you may have.



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