Vanessa BalnavesSenior Lawyer

Although Vanessa Balnaves decided at an early age to be a lawyer, she embarked instead on other pursuits. She travelled widely and gained skills in a range of fields, until that early ambition caught up with her and Vanessa returned to University to complete her Law Degree.

After graduating, Vanessa practised across all areas of law. In 2010 she commenced her own practice, specialising in Family Law and, we were delighted when she joined Johnston Withers to lead our Family Law team.

Vanessa’s wide experience – in the law and with people from all walks of life – gives her a broad perspective. She understands, and is sensitive to, the range of complex issues that arise in Family Law matters and the disruptions those issues can bring. Vanessa has acted for clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and she approaches each person’s matter with genuine care and a commitment to providing practical advice and cost effective outcomes.

Vanessa advises on all areas of Family Law and can help you with parenting and custody arrangements for children; property settlements; spousal maintenance; and Divorce. Vanessa can also assist you with creating pre – nuptial and financial agreements for married, separated, same sex or de facto couples.

Contact Vanessa on 08 8231 1110 or by email [email protected] to arrange your free first half hour consultation to discuss your concerns.


  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Flinders University)
  • Master of Laws (University of Adelaide)
  • Admitted as a practitioner in the High Court of Australia


  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Women Lawyers’ Association South Australia
  • Board member of the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre