Derk is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law and the leader of our Family Law team. He joined our firm in 1984 after serving 15 years in the NSW Local Courts as a Registrar, Chamber Magistrate and Coroner.
Since becoming an accredited specialist in 1993 Derk has practised almost exclusively in the area of Family Law. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is also a trained mediator and is a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.
Derk is a highly skilled negotiator and endeavours to resolve disputes in Family Law matters without engaging in costly litigation wherever possible. In those cases where Court proceedings become necessary, he is well qualified and experienced in providing good outcomes in all areas of Family Law. His practice is focused on financial cases involving significant asset pools, including matters with complex company, trust, partnership and valuation issues.
Derk is a member of the Law Society of NSW and admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia. He is one of only five lawyers Recommended in the category of “Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers” for the Newcastle, Hunter & Central Coast region in the 2019 Doyles Guide.