Don Macpherson

 Don Macpherson has been widely regarded as one of the Premier Family Lawyers in Brisbane and North Lakes for more than 20 years. He was one of the very first lawyers in Qld accredited as a Family Law Specialist in 1996, and was the first Lawyer to be accredited as a Family Law Specialist in both NSW and Qld in 1999.

Prior to starting his own firm, Macpherson Family Law in 2017, Don was the Brisbane Managing Partner for a leading Qld Law firm, leading a family law team of 10 across 3 offices.

Starting Macpherson Family Law has allowed Don to focus directly on the needs of clients, assisting and advising them during what is often the most challenging time of their lives.

Don sees clients at all our offices ( In Brisbane - Newstead, Milton, and Murrarie, and at North Lakes) to  the convenience of clients.

Don's practice involves complex property settlement disputes, children's matters, mediation and disputes about estates. His business experience and qualifications give him particular insight in relation to business and commercial issues that often arise in complex family disputes between couples and families.

Areas of Practice
  • Property settlement and financial issues between divorced or separated couples
  • Parenting issues such as equal shared parenting and parental responsibility (also known as child custody, residence or contact issues)
  • Challenges to wills by beneficiaries treated unfairly
  • Acting for executors seeking to defend the terms of a will
  • Mediation

Don Macpherson is widely known as one of the leading family lawyers in Brisbane and Queensland and has been an Accredited Family Law Specialist for over 20 years.

He has often chaired or presented at seminars for other Family Lawyers, and has provided evidence as an expert witness in relation to family law practice.

He was a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee for 5 years. The Committee liaises with the State and Federal Government, as well as the Judiciary, in relation to new legislation and court procedures relating to the practice of family law.

Don was one of the first lawyers in Queensland to be accredited as a specialist in the practice of Family Law in 1996. His specialist accreditation was recognized in NSW in 1999. He also qualified as a mediator in 2013.


Having practised in family law for over 30 years, Don has been involved in a wide variety of matters involving family and relationship law including:

  • Property settlement disputes involving asset pools varying in range from $100,000 to $250 million;
  • Contested spousal maintenance applications acting for both the applicant seeking spousal maintenance and the respondent seeking to reduce or avoid a spousal maintenance payment;
  • Injunctions restraining dealing with real estate, businesses or business assets;
  • Valuation disputes involving expert evidence from accountants or real estate valuers in relation to business or real estate assets;
  • Trials in relation to which parent a child or children should live with, and the extent to which the other party should have time with that child;
  • Applications by grandparents for orders that children reside with them in lieu of either of their parents;
  • Urgent applications in relation to the issuing of passports for children wishing to travel overseas;
  • Applications under the Hague Convention with respect to children removed from their country of domicile to another country;
  • Urgent interim residence and contact orders in relation to children;
  • Urgent recovery orders in relation to children taken by one of their parents from the other;
  • Appearing in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in relation to property, maintenance and children’s disputes;
  • Appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court from decisions made by the Federal Circuit and Family Courts;
  • Acting for executors of estates in the Supreme and District Courts defending claims by beneficiaries or others dissatisfied with provision made for them in wills;
  • Acting for beneficiaries of wills, or other persons omitted from wills or not adequately provided for in wills, seeking to have a more just allocation made to them from the estate;
  • Mediations involving property and children's disputes, and disputes in relation to estates.

Don’s experience in dealing with family law matters has given him considerable expertise in relation to the challenging issues that arise in relation to difficult children’s disputes in which he is regularly assisted by psychiatrists, psychologists, and other child welfare specialists, when the need arises. He works closely with Queensland’s premier counselling and mediation service, Centacare, to ensure his clients are provided with a total suite of services appropriate to their needs and to that of their family.


Don has published a number of articles on a range of family law issues in the Queensland Law Society Magazine “Proctor”:

  • "Bankers Beware! The Family Court Can Rewrite Your Contracts"
  • "Financial Agreements under the Family Law Act"
  • "Relocation"
  • "Spousal Maintenance – An Ongoing Problem"
  • "Spousal Maintenance – A Never Ending Obligation?”


Qualifications and Memberships
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist, 1996
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 1985
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, 1983
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1999
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator 2013
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours, University of Queensland, 1981
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland, 1979
  • Member Queensland Law Society
  • Member, Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Member, Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Assembly of Catholic Professionals
  • Member Australian Lawyers Surfing Association