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MinterEllison’s former Mongolia managing partner has left the firm to join a Sydney-based family law boutique.

Elisabeth Ellis, who relocated to Sydney from Ulaanbaatar in late 2015, joins Dorter Family Lawyers & Mediators as a principal. Dorter was launched in 2014 by family law specialist Rebekah Dorter, whom Ellis has known for more than 35 years. The firm advises on property settlement, parenting issues and child custody, child support, divorce and family law, mediation and trust law.

Before joining the family law specialist firm, Ellis spent nearly two decades at MinterEllison advising on projects and corporate and commercial transactions across Asia and in Australia.  She launched the firm’s Ulaanbaatar office in 2012 and served as office managing partner until 2015; corporate partner Sebastian Rosholt succeeded Ellis as office head.

Ellis first joined MinterEllison in Hong Kong in 1999 from Australian firm Allens’ Bangkok office. She made partner at MinterEllison in 2004.

Ellis said her corporate law experience is transferable at the family law boutique as “so many families these days have significant interests in companies, and the family property is held in corporate and trust structures.”

“Having spent a month in the job, I made the right decision,” she said. “I am using my core skills and learning each day. There is a vast improvement in my work-life balance and there is potential for significant growth of the firm.”

Family lawyers in Australia are expecting more work following some recent changes in legislation and the court system. In December 2017, Australia legalized same-sex marriage and on Jan. 1 it changed its family law system in an attempt to speed up the process of settling family disputes.

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