Patricia graduated in 1985 with a first class Honours Degree in Law from Macquarie University. She had earlier been awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology. She was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and in the High Court of Australia in 1986. In the Doyle’s Guide she is rated by her peers as a Recommended Leading Australian and NSW Family and Divorce Lawyer.
Patricia has worked at some of the most respected law firms in Sydney, having been a solicitor with Clayton Utz and a partner at Henry Davis York. While initially undertaking commercial litigation cases, she quickly identified a passion and commitment to Family Law and the personal challenges clients face that are particular to this area of law. In 1999 Patricia and Wendy Broun established the Family Law firm of Broun Abrahams, now Broun Abrahams Burreket.
Patricia has acted in all aspects of Family Law, both in and out of court. However, at all times, she makes every effort to find a resolution that avoids litigation. She is always ready to weigh the outcomes based not only on the legal results, but also on the emotional costs to the parties and their children.
Patricia has acted in many complex financial and parenting cases that have required Family Court and Supreme Court proceedings. These have included de facto relationship cases, child abduction and relocation matters. Some of these cases have involved overseas jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa, France, Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Patricia is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer.