At Rockwell Bates Melbourne Lawyers, we believe in guiding our clients towards the best result by taking action, challenging conventions, and understanding the personal dynamics of each case. Our professional, empathetic, and strategic lawyer team has over 25 years of experience resolving complex and sensitive issues for Melburnians.

Located in the inner-city suburb of Cremorne, our office is only 2km southeast of the CBD and easily accessed by public transport with parking also available nearby. We are open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm (but we work relentlessly around the clock for you!). We specialise in two core areas within the legal landscape.

Family Law Services

With our experienced team of family lawyers, Melbourne clients are supported with compassion, empathy and understanding. Our family law services include:

Estate Planning / Property Lawyers Melbourne

Estate Planning is the process of putting structures in place to ensure your wealth and assets are protected now, and fairly distributed in the future. Our experienced team of Melbourne lawyers can help you with the five components of Estate Planning.


  • Wills: Our lawyers can prepare this legal document determining the distribution of your wealth and assets after your death.
  • Testamentary Trust: This document explains how your assets should be handled once distributed via your Will. 
  • Power of Attorney: Our lawyers help take the emotion out of this momentous decision – nominating someone to act on your behalf regarding legal, financial, medical, and personal matters.
  • Health Care Directives: Sometimes known as a ‘living will’, this element of estate planning is another legal document outlining your future wishes regarding medical care, should you become incapable of making and communicating your decisions.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Our lawyers can help create a comprehensive and explicit list of charitable organisations to which you can contribute in the event of your death. 


Property Settlement Law is often connected to family disputes. Property Settlement involves the division and settlement of assets. Our experienced Private Client and Family Law teams collaborate to guide you through the four steps of the Property Settlement Process and achieve an amicable result.


  • Identify assets and liabilities: The full disclosure of the net worth of both parties must be completed thoroughly. Our lawyers are trained to handle this with sensitivity and will guide you through this complicated step.
  • Establish Contributions Made from Both Parties: Our lawyers help you determine financial and non-financial contributions during the relationship. This requires an understanding of what constitutes a contribution and its value.   
  • Adjustments for Future Needs: Our team helps you determine your future needs, especially if children are involved, so you can negotiate your property settlement to achieve the best outcome possible. 
  • Determining if the Settlement is Equitable: An equitable settlement is determined by the above factors. Our team of property lawyers in Melbourne support, advise and negotiate on your behalf to achieve an equitable outcome for all involved.

Family & Divorce Lawyers Melbourne

Family disputes are emotional and traumatic experiences.

At Rockwell Bates Lawyers, Melbourne, we guide you through this challenging time with sensitivity, empathy, and professionalism. We negotiate on your behalf for the best possible outcome so that you and your family can move forward and thrive again.

At Rockwell Bates, our family and divorce law team advise on:

We are one of the most trusted and experienced family and divorce lawyers in Melbourne. Our team has previously worked on:

  • Relocation disputes concerning children
  • Family violence issues
  • Child support matters
  • Contravention applications (when one party breaches an order as enforced by the court)
  • Cases involving substance abuse or mental illness
  • Parental alienation (deliberate undermining of one parent by the other after a separation or divorce)
  • Superannuation splits
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Family trusts and real estate valuations

Family law can be complex.

We provide you with a clear road map through the process so that you can reach your desired destination and take back control of your life.

We help you with our experienced, comprehensive, and strategic approach to corporate and commercial law. If you need business lawyers in Melbourne to help with acquisitions, scalability, succession planning, or exit strategies, contact us for a service you can trust. We work with start-ups, family business owners, individuals, and principal investors in a range of areas, including:

  • Business Acquisitions
  • Business Restructures
  • Mergers and Divestments
  • Deal Structuring
  • Private Equity 

With more than 25 years of experience, our Private Business Acquisitions and Restructure Lawyers have the knowledge and skills to help you succeed in the business world.

Rockwell Bates?

Challenge "the norms"

We believe that to get the right outcome for clients who have complex lives and structures you don’t simply just go with convention. Mediocre results come from apathy and just following the precedents… but exceptional results, Rockwell Bates results ….come from challenging them!

Take a View

Our client’s pay for advice. Our lawyers are direct, honest and don’t just tell you what you want to hear. Options are important to understand but success comes from giving direction and taking action not fence-sitting!

Be Human

We know that matters we advise on are usually a human problem as much as a legal issue. In Family Law we place an emphasis on ensuring that the separation process is dignified and, where possible, resolved outside of court. As evidence of this Rockwell Bates provide access to free Mental Health and Wellbeing coaches to support you and your family through difficult times. In Private Client matters, we tailor an all-encompassing strategy that is future-proof and provides protection no matter how unique or complex your circumstances may be. We also understand the personal dynamics and sensitive issues that come with Estate Planning and Asset Protection.


Compassion for our clients and focus on the human element of a matter is core to our DNA, but please don’t engage Rockwell Bates if you want your lawyers to be slow, unresponsive or to easily give up. We are relentless, we run 24/7, and we will leave no stone unturned in finding a solution for you.

Contact Us

(03) 9087 7900

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Monday to Friday: 8am - 8pm