Special Counsel

Emmalaura Messer

Emmalaura Messer

Special Counsel

BBSc, LLB, LLM | Collaborative Lawyer

Legal secretary: Monica Cassar

+61 3 8600 8873


With over 10 years practising exclusively in family law, Emmalaura’s practice includes advising on all family law matters, including collaborative, simple and complex property, complex parenting, family violence, same sex relationships, financial agreements and maintenance claims, and involving high conflict parties.

Emmalaura’s approach to her practice is to put herself in the shoes of clients and minimise the stress of separation by taking a direct, common-sense approach. By providing tailored plain-language advice, Emmalaura informs and empowers her clients to navigate the separation process enabling them to overcome obstacles throughout a difficult time. Acting in collaborative matters, Emmalaura assists clients to resolve their conflict using an amicable and respectful process, as well as being skilled in strategic litigation.

Before joining KCL Law, Emmalaura worked for boutique and mid-size suburban law firms, and as a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court. Emmalaura has considerable experience appearing before the courts and also volunteers her time, including nine years at the Women’s Legal Service Victoria legal advice line.

Emmalaura is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Law Council of Australia Family Law Section, Victorian Association of Collaborative Professionals and Victorian Women Lawyers.

Emmalaura was admitted to practice in 2009, after completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University. In 2015, Emmalaura completed a Master of Laws majoring in Dispute Resolution. In addition, she also trained as a mediator and collaborative lawyer and has completed additional training in managing high conflict people in legal disputes. Emmalaura joined KCL Law in November 2019 and was appointed to Special Counsel in July 2021.


Areas of practice

Family law

  • Child relocation and recovery of children
  • Collaborative law
  • Complex parenting matters
  • Family violence matters
  • Financial agreements
  • Property matters – domestic and international
  • Same-sex relationships

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Victorian Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Victorian Women Lawyers

Admitted to practice

  • 2009 — Supreme Court of Victoria