John Toohey Chambers


John Toohey Chambers

Contact Information

Level 3, Citibank House
37 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
+61 437 779 899
(08) 6315 3399

Professional Information


Rodney accepts briefs in family law, protection and care and restraining orders matters. Rodney may also accept briefs in other areas of law, upon request.

In 2014, Rodney took articles at a boutique family law firm in Perth, and was admitted to practice the following year.

In 2018, Rodney commenced employment as a lawyer with Legal Aid WA in the family law team. While at Legal Aid, Rodney commenced the National Independent Children’s Lawyer training program, and completed it in November 2019.

In July 2019, Rodney took up the position of Legal Associate to the Honourable Justice Sutherland, Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia. Rodney concluded his term as Legal Associate in September 2021, and joined John Toohey Chambers.

Prior to completing his law degree, Rodney worked as a contracts specialist in the mining industry, providing commercial support to large-scale infrastructure projects. He also spent time working for a commercial law firm.

Select legal experience:
• Advised a client in relation to a cross-jurisdictional matter in the Family Court, involving both protection & care and parenting proceedings (including an international relocation application). The children were returned to my client, and the matter settled without the need for a trial.

• Appeared as counsel at trial, in relation to competing parenting applications made by the maternal and paternal grandparents.

• Assisted counsel for the Independent Children’s Lawyer in a complex matter involving an international relocation application, and allegations of alcohol abuse and ill mental health.

• Appeared as counsel at an interim hearing in which my client sought a change of residence for the child in the context of allegations of significant family violence. My client was successful in her application.

• Appeared as counsel at an interim hearing in which my client sought interim orders for the sale of a real property and spousal maintenance. My client was successful in her application.

• Advised a client in relation to property settlement, including a claim for equitable relief against certain third parties who it was asserted held property on trust for the parties to the marriage. The matter settled without needing to proceed to Trial.

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Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Western Australian Bar Association
  • Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia

Areas of Practice

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Western Australia – 18 December 2015
  • High Court of Australia – 28 April 2016


  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)

Elected to WA Bar Association

March 2021