Our Firm

sbA had its origins as a boutique family law sole practice, “Shila Batenburg, Solicitor”, established in Chermside on 1 June 1993, specialising in family law since its inception.  sbA has retained its “boutique unique-iness” by remaining essentially a small business but growing to incorporate now and employing a select number of lawyers to offer professionalism expertise and quality legal services in not just Family Law related matters but in a select range of legal services such as the preparation of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Administration of Deceased Estates including Probate Applications, Traffic offences and Infringements and Criminal Law matters.

sbA aims to assist  clients to resolve their legal issues, whether simple or complex, in a compassionate, cost effective and professional manner. Our goal is to deliver excellence in legal service for parties – their families and children - through effective non-judicial and judicial processes and timely resolutions while respecting the needs of separating families, and treating them with compassion, respect, dignity and also affording them a high level of professionalism.

We aim to resolve matters for our clients in the best way suited to each client. We treat each client as an individual with their own unique and particular circumstances that requires resolution in different ways.  We explore all options with our clients and aim to arrive at methods of resolution best suited for them and their own particular circumstances. We aim to achieve a cost effective outcome as best as possible.

Our practice is to engage in alternative dispute resolution methods as a first choice to achieve resolution and settlements for our clients, through negotiation, mediation and collaborative practice. We recognise that litigation and Court proceedings are sometimes a necessary evil. We prefer to take the time needed to assess our client’s needs and to guide, assist and navigate our clients in such processes when called upon to do so.

We are now located at Lutwyche, still on the north side of Brisbane City, in a central location between Chermside and Brisbane City but also close to Albion, Ascot, Clayfield.  Eagle Junction, Enoggera, Everton Park, Fortitude Valley, Geebung, Grange, Hamilton, Hendra, Herston, Kedron, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Nundah, Spring Hill,  Stafford,  Wavell Heights, Wilston, Windsor and Wooloowin.

Our office is readily accessible by public transport and we have free onsite and street parking available.

In addition to carrying out work for private clients, we are a Legal Aid preferred supplier with respect to all areas of family law and minor criminal matters.

Our aim is to provide clients with quality professional legal advice and services.

Our lawyers are Shila Batenburg, Legal Practitioner Director and Family Law Accredited Specialist and Manisha Prasad.

sbA is able to at all times provide clients with a high level of support and professionalism with your matter due to the ongoing dedication and support of full time admin staff members including Maryanne Green who has been with the firm since 1993 and whose experience, depth of knowledge and various skillsets due to her long tenure with the firm is highly appreciated by staff and clients. 

sbA 475 Lutwyche Rd, Lutwyche QLD 4030 P: (07) 3359 2166