Ferguson Legal Solicitors

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Some years ago, we were described as “Effective, Organised and Thorough”. We loved that description and aim to keep it accurate.

At Ferguson Legal Solicitors (formerly GJ Legal) we pride ourselves on accurate and practical advice and cost effective legal solutions. We offer personalised and caring services attuned to your specific needs and circumstances. Ferguson Legal Solicitors has been providing legal advice in the Ballina area since 2007 (as GJ Legal until 2017).

Our primary focus is Family Law, and our Family lawyers, Julie Ferguson and Suzanne Creak (Sue Creak) are both Accredited Specialists in Family Law, a qualification awarded to them by the NSW Law Society after rigorous practical and written exams, and meeting practical experience requirements. They are required to meet ongoing practical and educational standards in Family Law each year to maintain their Specialist Accreditation. They both have a passion for ‘doing the job properly’ and love to see people come through the process and start new lives.

We are the most experienced Family Law team on the North Coast, with particular skill in complex and sensitive matters. We use Family Law techniques that recognise the importance of relationships and amicability. We aim to reach an agreement outside of Court and have a high success rate at resolving matters by mediation and negotiation. We believe in a cost effective action to minimise your stress wherever possible.

Both Julie Ferguson and Sue Creak are Panel Solicitors with the NSW Legal Aid Commission and both are regularly appointed to act as Independent Children’s Lawyers in difficult parenting matters. Julie is a Panel Solicitor with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Lisa Lacy assists Julie Ferguson with a range of Family Law matters and Family Provision Claims. Lisa also has experience working with Julie Ferguson, Principal Solicitor in relation to Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardian Authorities, Probate & Estate matters.

Riley McKeown re-joined our team in September 2019 to work with Sue Creak on her complex and difficult Family Law matters.

Our lawyers are members of the Law Society of NSW and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and have been admitted to the Federal Court of NSW, Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia.

We invite you to contact us for more information or to arrange an appointment with one of our team members.

Our staff will give you the attention you deserve.

“Property settlement, separation and divorce was an immensely traumatic and unexpected period in my life.
Julie and her staff at Ferguson Legal Solicitors were extremely compassionate and caring, offering the highest degree of advice and direction to achieve a solution.
Highest of recommendations.”


“Thank you to Sue, Riley and the team at Ferguson Legal for helping me through what has been what feels like a whirlwind challenging and at times traumatic life experience.

Your professionalism, authenticity and realism helped me remain grounded whilst I felt like falling apart.


“Nobody likes needing a solicitor but when confronted with a major legal battle involving a relationship break down I was recommended to contact Julie at Ferguson legal and it was a great choice. Julie and her staff were both professional and skilled and her guided and calm approach to issues kept things centred. I am extremely satisfied with the service and can strongly recommend them to anyone in a similar position.”


“Thank you Julie and her wonderful team at Ferguson Legal. Although divorce and legal proceedings is hideous. I always felt supported and understood through out this ordeal. I can’t thank the team enough!”