572 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
9519 3088

LGBTI community and the law

We are proudly and openly gay owned and operated, with a majority of gay staff. Dowson Turco Lawyers knows your relationships because we are your relationships.

Dowson Turco invests in our staff to help you get the best outcome. We support community events and community causes, working with many agencies to promote the rights of the LGBTQI community. When you engage Dowson Turco Lawyers, you are engaging professionals who understand your relationships, who are empathetic and will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are upheld.

We strive to forge long-lasting and mutually-rewarding relationships with our clients that will help ease the stress of whichever legal situation you are facing.

Family law + relationships

DTL is famous for successfully defending one of the most prominent de facto relationship disputes in the last decade.

Our family law team comprises senior practitioners, including an Accredited Family Law Specialist, experienced in fighting property and children’s disputes, resolving complex relationship disputes in mediation, settling consent orders and advising on LGBTI parenting including rainbow families.

  • Rainbow families and co-parenting
  • Financial Agreements/Pre-nups
  • Dissolving civil partnerships and registered relationships and overseas marriages
  • Family Court actions, disputes and litigation
  • Consent Orders
  • Mediation and dispute resolution
  • Sperm donors, multiple parenting, parenting agreements, IVF children
  • Surrogacy, adoption, foster care and new families

Property law + conveyancing

Our property team has acted on thousands of transactions across Australia. We are experienced property lawyers in every state and territory, whether we are acting on purchases or sales of existing or off-the plan property, first home purchasers, commercial buyers and sellers of real property, leasing tenants and landlords or property investors, our large property team can meet your needs.

  • Purchasing and selling – Sydney metro and all states and territories
  • Leasing – commercial and retail leases, negotiation, disputes and transfers
  • Property disputes, negotiations, contract reviews and general property law advice
  • Review, advice and negotiations on building and renovation contracts
  • Business purchases, sales and mergers including transfer of property, restraint of trade clauses and intellectual property transfers and assignment

Wills + estates

Wills are important because they provide a level of certainty to after-life distribution of property. Wills also evidence our lives and can allow for appointments of guardians for our children, make charitable gifts, establish testamentary trusts and care for pets and personal property.

Powers of Attorney are financial documents that allow your nominated attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf. They are becoming increasingly useful because our busy and frantic personal and professional lives mean that sometimes we are not around to sign contracts, execute documents or deal with our own finances.

This document also allows appointment of one or more attorneys to act on specific matters or as an ongoing power of attorney. They make life easier for your loved ones if you lose mental or physical capacity and allow your attorney to make those important financial decisions without the need for your presence.

Enduring Guardian documents are medical documents that allow another person to make health and lifestyle decisions on your behalf if you have lost mental or physical capacity. They make life easier for your loved ones if you lose mental or physical capacity because your guardian can make those important medical decisions in circumstances where you cannot make those decisions yourself.

Immigration law

DTL proudly offers passionate immigration advice and advocacy. Our immigration team offers services in the following areas to our community:

  • Same sex partner visas
  • Visa refusal
  • Visa cancellation
  • Refugee visa – for those under persecution in their home country because of their sexual orientation
  • Illegal status with compassionate circumstances
  • Domestic violence and threats during your partner visa application
  • Skilled Independent visas
  • Business sponsorship
  • Investor/Business Talents

Employment + discrimination

  • Employment contract drafting, advice and disputes
  • Industrial disputes
  • Workplace and other discrimination
  • Awards and workplace agreements
  • Individual contracts

Criminal + Traffic

DTL's crime team is proud to be leading representatives of the LGTBI community and has a reputation for fearless advocacy, passionate and successful criminal charge negotiations, strategic and skilful planning and execution and successful defending of matters in the Local and District Courts.

  • Drugs – supply, importation, possession and trafficking
  • Assault – AVOs, common assault, ABH and GBH, affray and one punch crimes
  • Fraud – white collar crime, embezzlement, corporate fraud and offences against the state
  • Sex offences, sexual assault, computer and cybercrime, possession and trafficking offences
  • Conspiracy offences, joint enterprises, criminal groups and organised crime

Commercial + Corporate

DTL has experienced lawyers working in many areas of commercial law, including:

  • Trade marks
  • Employment contracts and disputes
  • Property litigation
  • Debt claims
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Incorporation, corporate structures and trusts

Marketing + trade practices

  • Branding
  • Intellectual property
  • Advertising
  • Copy clearance
  • Consumer law