Amy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Newcastle, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Ethics from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Applied Family Law from the College of Law NSW. Amy is also an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.
After graduating from her law degree in 2004, Amy worked in policy and training roles, advocating for the rights of people with disability in a human rights context.
Prior to commencing work exclusively in family law with Lou at Kyle Family Lawyers in February 2014, Amy worked as a solicitor at Women's Legal Services NSW in the Indigenous Women's Program, working exclusively with Indigenous women across NSW. Amy was also employed at the Inner City Legal Centre as a Senior Solicitor and later, Acting Principal Solicitor. At the Inner City Legal Centre, Amy developed a robust family law practice, acting in a variety of matters including special medical procedure matters, LGBTIQ family law matters, as well as assisting with legally assisted mediations at the Sydney Family Relationship Centre. Amy supervised, and for a time ran the Safe Relationships Project, assisting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex survivors of domestic violence.
Since commencing private practice exclusively in family law, Amy has gained extensive experience acting for clients with both complex parenting and property issues, appearing in the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia, including cases involving allegations of child abuse under the Magellan protocol. Many matters in which Amy has acted have involved issues of domestic and family violence, including child abuse, psychological abuse, harassment and intimidation, and coercive financial control.
Amy has a special interest and extensive experience running matters relating to sperm donors and multiple parenting arrangements, advising many LGBTIQ families at all stages in the creation of rainbow families. She has sat on several boards and steering committees, including the LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Interagency, Anti-Discrimination Board's Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Consultative Committee and the Sydney City Domestic Violence Network. Amy was the National Convenor for the LGBTIQ National Network for several years.
After five and a half years working together and growing a deep trust and confidence in the way we both choose to practice family law, Amy and Lou decided to partner as Kyle & McGowan from 31 July 2019.
Amy has three children and brings the lived experience of parenting to her matters. She is passionate, empathic and knowledgeable. You will be in safe hands.