Our Family Law Team

Why choose us?

At Alliance Legal we have a professional and experienced family law team who work hard to place your interests first. Our customer service goal is to do so well that you would choose to use us again – and then send us your family and friends when they need help. We recognise you as customers who deserve quality service and support. We understand that helping you to manage your costs, and getting you the best outcome is critical to both your satisfaction, and our success.

Our Lawyers

Family Lawyer Canberra - Cristina Huesch - Principal

Cristina Huesch, Principal and Managing Director

Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Law (Family Law Practice) and is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist (Accredited Specialist Scheme). She is accredited in Collaborative Practice, an approach to family law which aims to achieve outcomes based on the ‘interests’ of all parties, as opposed to a traditional ‘positional’ based approach. She is qualified to be appointed by the court as an Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Cristina obtained her first degree from Sydney University before undertaking post graduate study with Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the College of Law in Sydney. Prior to establishing Alliance Family Law, Cristina was the Canberra office Partner for Armstrong Legal. Cristina speaks German as a second language. More about Cristina

Canberra Family LawyerSharla Stevens, Solicitor

Sharla holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, Bachelor of Psychological Science, and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Griffith University. Sharla has worked primarily in family law but also holds experience in other areas of law, such as wills and estate planning. Sharla is friendly and approachable and provides straight forward legal advice in relation to your family law matter.

Canberra Family LawyerAngela Li, Solicitor

Angela is a graduate of the Australian National University with the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Angela  is passionate about family law and  is committed to assisting clients with their family law issues in an empathetic manner. Angela speaks Mandarin as a second language.

Tania Hayward, Solicitor

Tania is our Criminal Lawyer and works on family law matters where her expertise and background has particular relevance, in particular with matters involving domestic violence.  Tania was a police officer with the NT Police Force and during that time worked in Police Prosecutions, Crash Investigations, Criminal Investigation Branch, and the Domestic Violence Unit. Tania completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree at Macquarie University, Sydney. She went on to work as a Legal Officer with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department in the Royal Commissions team, and then as a Prosecutor with the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions. Tania has also conducted Government Investigations with the ACT Professional Standards Unit. 


Our support team

Family Law Canberra - Janet Preston - Practice ManagerJanet Preston, Practice Manager

Janet has extensive experience in small business administration, with strong skills in information technology, systems, and communications. Janet holds a Bachelor of Business degree, and a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.


Family Law Canberra - Sharon Williams - Administration OfficerSharon Williams, Legal Clerk/Administration Officer

Sharon has 18 years’ experience as a Legal Secretary. She has a background and experience in legal administration of Personal Injury, Insurance, Shipping, Criminal, and Family Law.



Grace Underwood, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal

Grace has extensive experience in legal administration after two years as a Magistrate’s Associate in the ACT Magistrate’s Court. Grace is well advanced in her studies towards a Bachelor of Laws at the University of New England.


Family law ParalegalKate James, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal

Kate has worked for Alliance Legal since year 12 at high school. She started undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in 2016, studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) . She has been awarded a university scholarship from Sneddon Hall and Gallop, and has won the ANU’s PCA People’s Prize in Lawyer’s Justice and Ethics.


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