Pierce Carstensen

Pierce Carstensen

Principal Family Law | Brisbane
07 3231 0411 pcarstensen@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Pierce assists clients who have a particular goal in mind that may not fit the traditional scope of family law settlements. He excels in working with client’s other trusted advisors, including accountants and financial planners to achieve results specifically tailored to the client.

Pierce’s view is that it is not sufficient to merely get the best result, but rather to achieve the best result delivered in a way that furthers the client’s financial and other goals. Pierce’s communication, negotiation and problem solving skills set him apart from other lawyers within the industry.

Pierce is a fierce negotiator and delivers excellent results

Pierce's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Queensland
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Pierce's Expertise

  • Matrimonial property settlements
  • Litigation in parenting matters
  • Binding financial agreements
  • Property settlements

Pierce's Leadership

  • Member, Queensland Law Society


Pierce's Recent Experience

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Work Undertaken

Communication is perhaps the most important skill for a family lawyer. Good communication can drastically reduce conflict and cost.

Where one party had fled to New Zealand prior to being served with Court documents, Pierce assisted the client with her communication, and enabled her to achieve a negotiated settlement in a situation where further litigation would have been complicated and expensive.

Pierce is frequently engaged to assist clients in reaching a “positive” settlement through negotiation without recourse to the Court. The vast majority of client’s are seeking to avoid conflict, and he seeks to pursue where appropriate an amicable settlement through considered and conciliatory communication.

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Work Undertaken

The vast majority of family disputes will settle before reaching a final trial. For this reason, negotiation is a critical skill.

Where a matter had been running for two years prior to McInnes Wilson Lawyers involvement, and where Court documents had already been filed, Pierce negotiated final orders on the steps of Court, obtaining an excellent result and saving the client enormous costs. While the parties were fixated on percentages rather than outcomes, the matter couldn’t be solved. By being more flexible in negotiations the parties were able to achieve a tailored outcome.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Contested parenting matters

Work Undertaken

Parenting matters can be some of the most difficult and high stakes work a family lawyer can undertake. For this reason, it is imperative that the work is performed with expertise and executed accurately.

Where one party relocated to a regional centre with the two children after being served Court documents. Pierce applied to the Court for orders that the children return and live with the parent/client. Preparation is key in all litigated matters. Pierce built a sophisticated brief of evidence that convinced the Court to have the mother brought back to Brisbane and the children ordered to live with the client.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Binding financial arrangements

Work Undertaken

Pierce is frequently engaged to produce binding agreements between parties who are to get married (Prenuptial Agreements) and who are about to commence a de-facto relationship (Cohabitation Agreements).

Pierce has recently finalised a prenuptial agreement which recognised loans made to one party by their father, and ensured that those funds would be quarantined in any future property settlement.

In a second matter, he ensured that a future inheritance would be quarantined in any future property settlement.

Without these agreements, both the family loan and the inheritance would have been available in a future property division.

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  1. Video Alert | How to avoid the tax headaches of separation

    30 Aug 2018

    PRESENTED BY MCINNES WILSON LAWYERS Associate, Montana Gibson. To ensure you get the most out of your settlement, give the Family Law team at McInnes Wilson Lawyers a call today.

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  2. Video Alert | Love is Blind ... Don't Get Left Behind

    14 Feb 2018

    Love is Blind... Don't Get Left Behind If you think a Binding Financial Agreement may be right for you or would like more information, please contact Principal, Pierce Carstensen, or Associate, Montana Gibson of the McInnes Wilson Lawyers Family Law...

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  3. To vaccinate or not, who calls the shot?

    02 Nov 2017

    To vaccinate or not, who calls the shot? The Family Law team at McInnes Wilson Lawyers have a breadth of experience working on both sides of these cases. If you find yourself in a dispute, please do not hesitate to contact Principal, Pierce Carstensen or...

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