Wise Family Lawyers offers the best lawyers in Perth dealing exclusively in family and de facto law matters. We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm feel by treating each case with care and consideration. We have hand-picked a high-quality team of family law professionals qualified to successfully resolve your family law issues. No issue is too big or too small. If you have a family law problem, our experts can help you find a solution.
Carla Fernandes Lewis
Carla Fernandes Lewis, our Principal who established the firm, has been working in the legal profession since 1997. Carla has worked exclusively in family law throughout her career, has a Masters of Applied Family Law and she is also admitted to practice in both Western Australia and Victoria.
Drawing upon her extensive experience in family law, Carla presents a rich knowledge and regularly manages complex financial and child-related matters.
Carla has become well known for her fearless and rigorous determination to achieve results. When a client is taken on, Carla will conduct the matter with passion and a level of commitment which is unsurpassed.
Carla is also fluent in the Portuguese and Italian languages.
Amelia is a junior lawyer primarily practicing in family law. She has over 8 years’ experience working in both the Brazilian and Australian legal professions.*
Amelia graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Honours) from the Faculty of Milton Campos (Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais in Brazil) in 2010 with Distinction.
While studying, Amelia worked for Legal Aid, mid-sized boutique and top tier law firms in Brazil (law clerk).
She gained significant exposure to civil litigation (civil law system), particularly in the areas of commercial, property, family, contract and consumer law as well as civil responsibility and compensation cases.
Amelia also gained experience in criminal law whilst working for a Public Defenders Attorney, primarily working on heinous crimes such as murder and drug trafficking cases.
prepared writs, summons, defenses, petitions and briefs; and
appeals (ordinary, special and extraordinary appeals and grievances) against trial judges’ decisions in State and Federal jurisdictions.
senior lawyers at hearings and trials;
senior lawyers with the preparation of witnesses and discovery; and
Counsel in all instances levels (1st and 2nd instances in the State and Federal Jurisdictions such as Administrative Tribunals, Court of Justice of the State in various States, Superior and Supreme Courts of Brazil).
Amelia was successful in various civil and criminal appeal matters, which resulted in reverting the lower court’s judgment. In some criminal matters, those appeals secured the acquittal of her clients.
Amelia joined Wise Family Lawyers as a law clerk in February 2015 and developed a passion for Family Law.
Amelia was admitted as a solicitor and barrister to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in August 2017 and was promoted to Junior Lawyer at Wise Family Lawyers.
Amelia currently practices in all aspects of family law including financial matters involving trusts and businesses as well as children’s cases involving child abuse and domestic violence under Mrs. Lewis supervision. Throughout her legal career, Amelia has demonstrated a strong work ethic and the requisite compassion and discretion when dealing with sensitive matters.
Amelia is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and speaks basic Japanese.
Amelia also assists the Consulate of Brazil on a pro-bono basis in a variety of legal issues involving Brazilian citizens living in Australia.
* Please note that currently Amelia does not hold a practicing certificate to practice foreign law in Australia and cannot provide legal advice in relation to Brazilian Laws.