Paula graduated in 2003 from the University of Tasmania with a combined degree in Commerce and Law. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and subsequently the High Court of Australia in 2004, after completing the mandatory legal practice course.
Paula has practised in Hobart, in the field of litigation, since admission; initially in general litigation for the first two years (including commercial litigation, personal injury and criminal defence) then ultimately specialising in commercial litigation/dispute resolution. This is a very comprehensive area of law, which includes a range of disputes outlined and explained further on our “Dispute Resolution and Litigation” page, and for which the assistance of a lawyer can mean the difference between a favourable outcome and one resulting in adverse financial (and other) consequences. Such disputes are often complex and involve commercial parties (companies and businesses) and/or individuals.
Paula has been a partner of two of Hobart’s larger law firms before opening Paula Sutherland & Associates, offering specialist litigation services.
Paula has undertaken post-graduate study in insolvency in 2008 through the University of Southern Queensland, being the Advanced Insolvency Course, which has enabled her to offer specialist services in this area also.
Paula prides herself on being approachable, empathetic and relatable to clients, providing expert advice and guidance with a view to assisting clients through their disputes, whether or not they become litigious. She acts for both corporate clients and individuals.
Paula is an advocate for exhausting all possible avenues of resolution before engaging in litigation, which can be costly, carry risk and generally be a very stressful experience for clients.
Whilst Paula acts as counsel on the majority of her matters and is a seasoned advocate, she also has a small group of specialist barristers that she briefs when necessary or requested.
Paula is committed to achieving the best outcome for clients in an expedient and cost-effective manner.
Pauls welcomes client enquiries in relation to new and existing matters. Paula has regularly acted as agent for mainland firms and mercantile agencies and is happy to continue to do so.
Paula has been recognised as a preeminent and leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Tasmania in 2017 and 2018 by the Doyles Guide.
Alison is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland where she completed her studies in LLB Law at the University of Ulster in 2007. Alison moved to Hobart in 2019 after discovering the city as part of a short break. On landing in Tasmania, she immediately felt at home and knew it was a place she would want to raise her children.
Throughout her career, Alison has focused on roles where attention to detail, client centricity and delivery under pressure have been of paramount focus. Alison prides herself in going the extra mile for her client and is highly motivated by making a positive impact on her community. Alison has worked across both Europe and Australia, with a background that straddles industries as varied as Not for Profit, Education and Banking and specialisms such as Business Analysis, Office Management and Conveyancing.
When not supporting clients in the property purchase and sale process, Alison volunteers with Pregnancy Counselling and Support Tasmania, where she practices her passion of assisting and supporting individuals through difficult moments in their lives. Alison is currently studying to be a counsellor at PCTAS and is dedicated to making a difference to those who need it most.
At home Alison enjoys spending family time with her husband, two young daughters and their Cocker Spaniel. Alison’s hobbies include going to the local gym, reading and gardening.
Personal Assistant & Conveyancing Administration
Destiny joined Paula Sutherland & Associates in August 2020 as a trainee and following completion of her Certificate III in Business, became a Personal Assistant to Paula Sutherland, whilst also now undertaking an administrative role in the ever-growing practice of conveyancing.
Destiny thoroughly enjoys working in the legal environment and particularly enjoys the conveyancing aspect of her role, embracing every new challenge with a positive approach. You will find Destiny a pleasure to deal with and always happy to go above and beyond to assist. Personally, Destiny loves to spend time with her family, she likes to read, travel and spend time outdoors.
Charlotte has commenced with Paula Sutherland & Associates in March as a Trainee Receptionist/Assistant and brings an enthusiastic and confident approach to her role, looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of providing premium interactions with clients and supporting the team dynamic.
Charlotte is currently studying her Certificate III in Business Services and has a history in retail services, providing optimal customer service.
In her spare time, Charlotte likes to spend time with friends, going for walks and listening to music.