Lou holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Bachelor of Laws completed later in life after Lou's interest in the sociology of family lead to her passion for family law. Lou completed her law degree while raising two young children as a single parent and working part-time as a bookkeeper in a women's refuge. In her working life prior to family law, Lou worked as an administrator and financial manager, both in small business (wholesale fashion) and the community sector (environmentally appropriate technologies).
Lou started her family law career in 2002, at Legal Aid Western Australia. She went on to gain invaluable insight during a two-year stint as Legal Associate and Appeals Associate for a Judge of the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia.
Lou spent 7 years working for clients of boutique family law firms, advising and representing clients in negotiations, mediations, and litigation, before founding Kyle Family Lawyers in 2009. She combined solo practice with a part time role helping clients going through the mediation process with the Sydney City Family Relationships Centre (FRC), as part of a partnership between Inner City Legal Centre and the FRC.
While at Inner City Legal Centre, Lou met Amy McGowan and by 2014 had managed to convince Amy to join Kyle Family Lawyers. Five and a half years later, on 31 July 2019, Lou and Amy formed their partnership, Kyle & McGowan Family Law.
Lou's practice of family law is informed, not only by a rich and relevant life experience, but also by a commitment to ongoing learning including Independent Children's Lawyer training and collaborative practice training.
Lou can help you achieve the best outcomes for you and your children, including where the problems in the family include domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health concerns, and whether your matter is about arrangements for children or financial issues.