Merrilyn is a graduate of Sydney University, obtaining her law degree in 1997 and admission to the Supreme Court Roll in June 1998. Merrilyn joined the Canberra legal community in 1999 when she moved from the NSW to the ACT Women’s Legal Centre. She worked in private practice in a firm specialising in Family Law before joining the Family Law team at Legal Aid in 2002. Merrilyn’s experience of representing a high number of clients in complex litigation matters in the family, domestic violence and care jurisdictions has provided a strong foundation for her joining the bar in 2017. In particular, Merrilyn has been trained and practiced as an independent children’s lawyer since 2003, which brings a specialised perspective to her work in children’s matters.