Our team has been carefully assembled and we all work together to meet our client's needs and provide the best service to our clients. 

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Claire Naidu

Partner/Principal
Mediator
Relationship Specialist
Conflict Resolution Practitioner
Relationship Lawyer
Accredited Family Law Specialist
Conflict Coach
Contact Details

66A Phyllis Ashton Circuit, Gungahlin  ACT  2912

Ph: 02 6109 0118

Further contact details here.

Practices
Education
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Management) (B Com)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Grad Dip Legal Practice)
  • Mediation Accreditation
  • Arbitration Accreditation
  • Family Law Accredited Specialist
  • Independent Childrens Lawyer (ICL)/Child Representative Training
  • Conflict Coach Training
  • Collaborative Law Training
  • Family Violence Cross Examination Training
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Training
  • Property Pilot Mediation Training
  • Early Intervention Mediation Training
  • Litigation Intervention Mediation Training
Admissions/Registers
  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Register
  • National Accreditation for Mediation
Claire Naidu’s strength as a Relationships Specialist is in her analysis of issues, her understanding of interrelationship and family matters, her resolution focus and the compassion she brings.

Her peers across the legal and dispute resolution community know Claire's timely, organised and careful manner in discerning key issues,  translating complex issues, and transmuting disputes.

 She began as a legal clerk 20-plus years ago while completing her law degree and commerce degree.  She practised has a family law for over fifteen years.  She is recognised by the state law society as being an Accredited Family Law Specialist.  In her endeavours to assist people in resolving her disputes, she became in Independent Children's Lawyer, is a Collaborative Family Law, nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner, family law arbitrator and conflict coach.

She serves her clients with a focus on assisting them move through conflict and towards resolution.

Claire had mentored a number of junior lawyers and enjoys sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others.

Claire has been awarded a Master of Laws majoring in Dispute Resolution. In addition to the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University, she also completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through the College of Law.  She has completed Mediation training through the Bond University and is a mediator and also an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).

Claire holds Specialist Accreditation in Family Law and is recognised as an Accredited Family Law Specialist.

In 2013, Claire Naidu won the ACT Young Business Woman of the Year and her business, Claire Naidu & Co, was awarded the 3rd Best Law Firm in Australian in 2014.  She has also been a Telstra Business Awards Finalist.

Claire serves on a number of committees/groups including the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM), the Resolution Institute.  AIFLAM consists of a representative from each State in Australia, representatives of the Family Law Section, a representative of both the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia and the Attorney-General's Department.  This combination allows for the continued liaison for the promotion of mediation and arbitration services in family law.

The Resolution Institute is a community of mediators, arbitrators, expert determiners, adjudicators, restorative justice practitioners and other dispute resolution professionals that foster the use of dispute resolution.

Claire considers dispute resolution should be on the agenda for all areas of conflict and legal practice.

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, ACT Law Society
  • Member, Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Member, Resolution Institute
  • Member, Family Law Section (FLS) of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals (AACP)
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, ACT Law Society

Court rolls/Admission

  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Register
  • National Accreditation for Mediation
Representative Experience
Firm News
Community Involvement /  Contribution
  • Assistant to the Legal Counsel for Special Olympics (2004-2006)
  • Provision of pro bono advice through the Salvation Army,
  • Provision advice through the ACT Law Society legal Advice Burea
  • Contribution to the Boundless Canberra – the Children’s Playground Project
  • Contribution to Marymead
  • Contribution to Sids & Kids
  • Contribution to Communities @ Work
Contributions to the Improving Outcomes for those involved in family disputes

Claire is on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee at the ACT Law Society.  She is also a member of the ACT Collaborative Family Law Practice Group.  She is a member of  the Family Law Professional Development Group with the Resolution Institute.

She is also on the Panel of Solicitors and panel of Mediators at the ACT Legal Aid Office and Legal Aid Office NSW.

Outside of work

Outside of work, Claire enjoys family time, kicking a soccer ball around, and playing team sports (including water polo, rugby union, and netball).  She has been an accredited Football Australia (soccer) referee and an accredited Touch Football referee.


Mariah Tennant-Breust

Solicitor
Family Lawyer
Contact Details

66A Phyllis Ashton Circuit, Gungahlin  ACT  2912

Ph: 02 6109 0118

Further contact details here.

Education
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Grad Dip Legal Practice)
  • Collaborative Law Training
  • Family Violence Protection Training
Admissions/Registers
  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Mariah Tennant-Breust’s strength as a Family Lawyer is in her passion to assist others, her excellent communication and organisational skills and her caring nature.

Mariah is passionate about helping people in family law and assisting her clients explore cost effective options. You can be confident that she will walk you through the process and support you in your family law journey, while providing practical and strategic legal advice.

She began as a legal clerk with Claire Naidu & Co while completing her law degree.  She then commenced practising as lawyer and she specialises in family law including custody matters, property matters, consent orders, parenting plans and financial agreements.

She is reliable, trustworthy and the person you want on your team to help you through your family law matter.

Her peers across the legal and dispute resolution community know Mariah as prepared, organised and resolution focused.

Mariah completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at the Australian National University. She then continued her studies at the Australian National University and completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

She serves her clients with a focus on assisting them move through conflict and towards resolution.

Clients have said the following about Mariah:

“Thank you for your dedication to me”.

“I appreciate everything you have done”.

“You have been incredibly helpful”.

Mariah has a particular interest in family violence matters, and she has undertaken further training in family violence and supporting people who are impacted by family violence.

Mariah is registered as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and she is on the Register of of Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. She is a member of the Australian Capital Territory Law Society.

Mariah has volunteered her time as a mentor in the University of Canberra and ANU Women in Law Mentoring programs.

Court rolls/Admission

  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, ACT Law Society
Community Involvement /  Contribution
  • Mentor, Women in Law
  • Mentor, University of Canberra
  • Provision of pro bono advice through the Salvation Army,
  • Provision advice through the ACT Law Society legal Advice Bureau

Outside of work

Outside of work, Mariah loves spending time with her family and friends, baking and travelling.