Welcome to Doolan Callaghan Family Lawyers


Rebecca McLeod

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Macquarie University)
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales



Rebecca was admitted as a solicitor in 2008 and has practiced almost exclusively in Family Law since 2012. Accordingly Rebecca has extensive experience in a variety of Family Law matters, including complex and contentious property and parenting matters, divorce, child support and spousal maintenance.

She possesses the technical skills to diligently represent clients, ensuring they are empowered throughout the process with sound and efficient legal advice. She acknowledges that the issues clients face following separation are usually foreign and potentially overwhelming, and aims to aid that process and ease the burden.

Rebecca is also acutely aware of, and practices the importance of dealing with clients in a professional yet empathetic manner.  She is always working towards reaching a time and cost effective resolution.

When faced with a challenging matter, Rebecca has no qualms in applying the tenacity and attention to detail that will successfully see the matter through, including advocating for her clients in Court if needs be.

Prior to joining Doolan Callaghan Rebecca was the Managing Director of a general practice firm on the Northern Beaches where she gained insight and experience in a wide range of other areas of law including commercial and civil litigation, conveyancing, intellectual property and commercial law. It also helped her identify her passion and personality ‘fit’ with Family Law.

Rebecca grew up and remains living on the Northern Beaches and is actively part of the sporting community. When not helping clients, she enjoys being with her family and friends.

Helen Irga

Helen is a highly experienced family lawyer and an Accredited Specialist in Family Law who is dedicated to helping her clients resolve their family law matters. Helen is keenly aware that most people who seek Family Law advice from her are experiencing an extremely difficult period in their lives. She possesses a committed approach to securing the best possible outcome for all clients as expeditiously as possible. Helen’s strong communication and interpersonal skills also ensure that the best needs of her clients are met.

Elise Fordham

Elise is an experienced family lawyer, who has worked exclusively in family law related matters throughout her career. Elise has extensive experience in domestic violence, and has successfully represented clients in all areas of family law in NSW and QLD, including de facto relationships, same sex relationships, spousal maintenance, property matters, international child abduction, contravention applications and children’s matters in mediation, arbitration and litigation, all the way from the Federal Circuit Court up to Appellate level. Elise’s approach is pragmatic, strategic and tailored for each client; whether they be low income or high net worth clients.

Northern Beaches Solicitor Jodie Anderson
Jodie Anderson

Jodie is a Senior Associate and NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Jodie has been assisting family law clients for more than ten years on the Northern Beaches. Jodie is committed to using alternative dispute resolution and mediation wherever possible to resolve matters quickly and efficiently without the involvement of Court. Where this is not possible, Jodie is experienced in representing clients at all stages of the court process. Jodie is passionate about family law and helping clients to find the best solution for their family.