Principal Solicitor & Director

Ioanita Gentles

Ioanita Gentles is the firm’s Principal Solicitor and Director. With over 20 years as a Solicitor and Barrister, Ioanita has spent her career helping clients to get the best results with their family law issues, minimising legal costs and giving sound advice. She is highly skilled in solving the legal and financial problems that arise from relationship breakdowns, most often without heading to Court.

Ioanita is naturally approachable, compassionate and discreet. She will identify your rights and possible strategies to enable you to make decisions for you and your family’s future.

Ioanita has extensive knowledge and experience in all the major areas of family law, including:

  • Separation and Divorce
  • Parenting Arrangements
  • Property Settlements and Child Support
  • Court Orders by Consent
  • Domestic Violence
  • Financial Agreements
  • De-facto and same sex relationship Law
  • Major issues relating to children
  • Restraining Orders and Injunctions
  • Spousal Maintenance for couples

Mobile:0412 341 635

Phone:(02) 9977 0889

Legal Assistant

Eliza McDonald

Eliza has worked closely with Ioanita since 2016 and is well into her Law degree with the expectation to be admitted as a NSW Solicitor in early 2020. After completing a Communications degree, where she gained invaluable knowledge of people and their needs, Eliza understands about the high emotions of Family Law clients and how important it is to provide them with the highest level of service.

Eliza has developed an understanding of the complexities of the separated family and has developed a passion for helping clients. She has gained experience in drafting Court documents, works well with briefed Counsel on matters and has a good understanding of Family Law processes in and out of the Courts.

As a legal assistant, Eliza is Ioanita’s first point of call. She is a motivated, switched on legal assistant who brings a compassionate and dedicated approach to her legal work and enjoys assisting people to reach the best possible outcome.

Mobile:0412 341 635

Phone:(02) 9977 0889

Legal Assistant

Ellen Vital

Ellen is the firm’s newest legal assistant and lives on the Northern Beaches. After finishing her Law Degree in Sao Paulo, Brazil in June 2014 and, working as a lawyer for 2 years, Ellen decided to move to Australia. As a solicitor, Ellen has experience in Family Law after working for one of the most well-known Family Law Firms in Sao Paulo, and Commercial Law. Prior to joining Gentles Family Lawyers, Ellen has worked in a law firm for sales and purchases and is adept at e-conveyancing on Pexa, reviewing and preparing contracts.

Ellen has now completed her first year of the Diploma of Law with the Legal Profession Admission Board Diploma of New South Wales, to become accredited in the Australian legal system.

Ellen brings a fresh perspective to the team at Gentles Law and a constant drive to learn. She is a welcome asset to the team and can assist with any client’s whose native language is Portuguese.

Mobile:0412 341 635

Phone:(02) 9977 0889

Phone us

Manly office: (02) 9977 0889
Ioanita Gentles: 0412 341 635
Conveyancing: 0412 982 093

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Manly: Suite 5, Ground floor
39 East Esp, Manly 2095 NSW
City: Level 10
20 Martin Pl, Sydney 2000 NSW

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Opening hours

Our Manly office hours are:
8.30am to 5.00pm
Lunch hour: 1-2pm

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