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Gary Yan

Gary Yan

Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist

My sincere appreciation for all your support and efforts with my family law matters.  It was a relief having signed the final settlement papers.

Gary Yan - Partner and Accredited Family Law Specialist

Gary is an accomplished family lawyer and skilled litigator, dually qualified in Australia and the UK.

He is consistently ranked by respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide as one of Victoria’s foremost practitioners; honoured for Family and Divorce law for the past four consecutive years, and Parenting & Children’s Matters for the past three.

Gary previously worked with the Commissioner for Children in Tasmania, and abroad in the family law department of top-tier UK firm Manches LLP, now Penningtons Manches Cooper. Owing to his UK practice and experience of Asian jurisdictions, he has a specialist interest in the international elements of family law, regularly advising clients on financial and parenting matters involving other jurisdictions. His broad expertise also includes pre-nuptial agreements and same-sex relationships.

Testament to his standing in the industry, together with Gillian Coote, Gary wrote the Australian chapter of International Relocation of Children: A Global Guide. He is a mentor to young lawyers with the Asian-Australian Lawyers Association and speaks Cantonese and basic Mandarin. Gary has been a Law Institute Accredited Specialist since 2013.


Read what our clients have to say

I can't thank you enough for all the hard work you've done for my case. I'm so glad that everything went well.

I am so grateful for your passion, dedication and professionalism. You are the best!

Thank you for always remaining calm while giving me the facts and providing support.

I would like to thank you with all my heart for your support through the last 12 months. It has been a very difficult time for me.

I would like to thank you and Alisha for your dedication and for trying to get the best outcome under the circumstances. I know that dealing with the other parties was particularly difficult so I thank you for achieving this outcome.

Thank you also for your patience and understanding.

I would like to wish you the best in your careers. I am certain that Alisha will go on to have a stellar career. And I am sure you will continue to grow the practice thanks to your skill and care.

Thank you for all of your help and support today and everyday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you Gary. I appreciate your kindness and understanding in the very difficult circumstances.

I want to say thank you for the most amazing effort and level of support you provided to me. It's moments like that I never forget in this journey I am on. I thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart. To feel so supported and not alone in this battle against my ex husband (which should not be a battle) means a great deal to me.

Thank you for everything! You always work so hard to help and support me. I really am so very grateful to have you helping me, as I often say, just like family.

Thank you so much Gary for being amazing and for helping me with everything. I want you to know I appreciate everything you are doing and have done.

You did a great job walking me through it all! Thank you for helping me through what was a very challenging period of my life.

Thanks to Gary and the team at Coote as your efforts have made a huge difference in the quality of the time I have with my daughter.



Recommended - Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Melbourne, 2020

Doyle's Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Melbourne, 2020

Recommended - Gary Yan

The 2020 listing of leading Melbourne Family & Divorce Lawyers details solicitors practising within the areas of family law, matrimonial, parenting, property and spousal maintenance matters in the Victorian legal market who have been identified by their peers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.

Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers – Victoria, 2020

Doyle's Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyers – Victoria, 2020

Recommended - Gary Yan

The 2020 listing of leading Victorian Parenting & Children's Matters Lawyers details individuals who have been specifically highlighted for their expertise, abilities and experience in complex parenting/child custody issues and disputes. These rankings also include individuals with experience acting as an independent Children's Lawyer in relation to matters that may include, but are not limited to, family violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children. Individuals included in our broader Family Law rankings may also possess significant skill with respect to parenting matters however have not been identified for such.

Law Institute of Victoria - Accredited Family Law Specialists



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