Wise Family Lawyers offers the best lawyers in Perth dealing exclusively in family and de facto law matters. We pride ourselves on 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
Director – Senior Lawyer
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 legal career. Carla completed her Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 2008, has a Masters of Applied Family Law and is admitted to practice in both Western Australia and Victoria. Carla is also admitted to the High Court of Australia.
Drawing upon her extensive experience in family law, Carla presents a rich knowledge and regularly manages complex financial and property cases and child-related matters, including child support, child relocation and abduction. Carla has been involved in many Dispute Resolution processes including Mediation, Arbitration and Informal Conferences.
Carla was a volunteer for the joint legal clinic Springvale Monash Legal Services/South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault assisting victims of sexual assault with applications for financial assistance with the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, as well as, the Family Law Assistance Program assisting people with Family Law litigation who do not have legal representation.
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 that is unsurpassed.
Carla is also fluent in the Portuguese, Spanish and Italian languages.
Naela initially joined Wise Family Lawyers in 2021, initially as a Law Graduate. In late 2021 Naela was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and, following this, Naela continued her employment with us as a Lawyer.
Naela has a passion for family law and this is demonstrated by her highly motivated attitude, with a practical and positive approach to her work. Naela has experience working on the different aspects of family law matters including divorce applications, parenting disputes, separation, property settlement and children matters.
Coming from a big family herself, Naela recognises that communication is key to a successful outcome. A dedicated and empathetic family lawyer, Naela is committed to obtaining the best results for her clients through negotiation, dispute resolution or litigation.
Prior to joining Wise Family Lawyers Naela volunteered at Northern Suburb Community Legal Centre and Law Access where she gained experience working with members of the Perth community.
Outside work Naela enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking and reading.
Naela is fluent in Dari and Pashto.
Naela is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia.
T: (08) 9308 6660
Jacqui has worked in law firms in the UK and Australia for over 38 years, covering a wide range of family law matters, motor vehicle accidents and medical negligence. Jacqui joined Wise Family Lawyers in August 2020 where she enjoys her role as PA to Carla and Practice Manager to the Firm.
Jacqui has considerable experience in the legal environment and manages the office, whether it is supporting our legal team with many aspects of their roles, weekly billing, managing internal communications and correspondence with clients and third parties, staff management, or answering the telephone. Jacqui has excellent people and customer service skills and utilises these within our office, helping people feel at ease in what can be an emotional environment of family law. Jacqui’s passion, organisation and providing day to day assistance to our team, ensure our team can devote their time and skills to helping their clients.
In her free time, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her young son, photography, and gardening.
T: (08) 9308 6660 or 0415 626 984
Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law and Society & Political Science and International Relations. He is expected to complete his Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia in 2022. Jeremiah’s interest in family law stems from his appreciation that clients need a holistic and personalised approach when guiding them through the legal system. Away from work, Jeremiah enjoys writing music and keeping up with global political affairs.