Advocates for the community

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Dinesh and Pallavi Joshi

Pallavee and Dinesh of Joshi Lawyers believe in delivering the highest quality of legal service to clients. They are also passionate community leaders, working hard at finding solutions to civic problems and social issues such as domestic violence

From building bridges with other communities, to strengthening the voice of the Indian community in Australia, Pallavee Joshi has emerged among the Diaspora’s most fervent advocates. Pallavee is a hard working community leader, lawyer, entrepreneur, with a strong social conscious and a passion for family law. She loves working closely with her clients in ways that bring a real difference to their everyday lives. Pallavee is an advocate for better funding for infrastructure in the West, finding alternative solutions to the issue of domestic violence and building stronger ties between Australia and India.

Dinesh Joshi, Principal Solicitor and founder of Joshi Lawyers, a prominent law firm in the western suburbs, is a doting father of two boys and a loving and supportive husband to Pallavee. Dinesh forged his legal career 15 years ago as a corporate lawyer in one of the top law firms in India called ‘Fox Mandal Little & Co’. After migrating to Australia and initially working for a law firm in the CBD, Dinesh decided to start his own legal practice.

Since their establishment in 2010, Joshi Lawyers, under Dinesh’s leadership, has assisted thousands of clients in their commercial, property and family law matters. Dinesh is not only respected by his clients for his legal expertise and knowledge but also for his approachable and empathetic nature. The ever increasing client base of Joshi Lawyers is a testimony to Dinesh’s hard work and commitment to his clients.

“…we develop a full understanding of our client’s needs and deliver customised, high quality and pragmatic legal advice in the most cost-effective manner”
— Pallavi Joshi

“Our particular focus is in the areas of Family Law, Business law and Franchising, Business Conveyancing, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Property Law & Conveyancing,” says Dinesh, adding that the firm takes pride in delivering high levels of professional service that includes providing pragmatic legal advice which is also commercially sensible.

“I have a passion for Commercial Law whereas Pallavee has a passion for Family Law,” he says.

“We have always believed in making sustainable long-term relationship with our clients.  Whether it is a simple property conveyancing matter or a highly complex commercial litigation, we develop a full understanding of our client’s needs and deliver customised, high quality and pragmatic legal advice in the most cost-effective manner,” adds Pallavee.

Over the years Dinesh and Pallavee have also helped clients start business ventures of their own or buy into existing businesses. “There are many legal issues involved in buying a business we assist our clients through the process to ensure that they comply with the relevant laws. Legal due diligence can help minimise risks and protect investment.

Dinesh adds that as a principle they do not impose the strict burden of billable hours on clients, instead work with them on customising a cost-agreement that reflects a pragmatic approach to solving their problem. “We understand that sometimes legal services become so expensive that it no longer remains an effective and viable solution for the client facing the legal dilemma,” says Pallavee.

It pays off at the end, say the couple, as clients always return to them for other legal matters, and even refer their friends and family to the law firm.

“Relationship and collaboration are the cornerstones of our organisational culture. Our team of lawyers, paralegals and conveyancers work together to provide a very high level of professional service to our clients. We do not work in a strict 9 to 5 job and understand that legal matters are complex and sometimes the hours can be long,” says Dinesh.

“We pride ourselves in working with utmost honesty and integrity. We believe that ethical ways of working is one of the most important ingredients of success for any organisation and more so for a law firm,” says Pallavee.

The Joshi Lawyers team

FAMILY MATTERS

Dinesh and Pallavee bust the myths that surround Family Law

1. “She stayed at home so she should get less.”

A party to a marriage who took on a homemaker role during the relationship allowing their spouse to earn an income is equally considered a relevant contribution. It is also an important consideration that a spouse who chose to stay home and manage a household or take care of the children would limit their income-earning capacity.

2. He/She cheated on me so I should be entitled to more?

Australia is a “no-fault divorce” jurisdiction. This means that moral issues such as infidelity will not impact the overall property settlement or determine who children of the relationship are to live with.

3. They need me to agree to get a divorce?

Both parties do not need to consent to get a divorce. You can object to a divorce application by filing a Response to Divorce Application however the objection will only be upheld if: you and your spouse have not been separated for a period of 12 months; there was not a valid marriage; or the court does not have the jurisdiction to hear the application.

If the procedural and legislative requirements have been met, it is virtually impossible to object to a divorce application. Whilst you and your spouse can file a joint application for divorce one party can file the application solely as well.

4. We haven’t divorced so I don’t have to sort out finances yet?

Property settlement orders can be made at any time after separation. It is important to remember that there is a 12 month time limit for you to commence proceedings in the Family Court which starts from the day your divorce order comes into effect.

We usually recommend that your property settlement matters are finalised either before or at the same time as your divorce to ensure that you remain within this time limit.

5. “I have a right to see my kid.”

A parent does not have a legal right to see their child (or that the child lives with him/her). Conversely, it is the child’s right to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, to the maximum extent consistent with the best interests of the child (being the paramount consideration).


DISCLAIMER: The information published in this paper is of a general nature and should not be construed as legal advice. Whilst we aim to provide timely, relevant and accurate information, the law may change and circumstances may differ. You should not therefore act in reliance on it without first obtaining specific legal advice. The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

 

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