6-8 William Street, Nambour, Sunshine Coast

Family Lawyers

Butler McDermott Family
Lawyers Sunshine Coast

Do you need a family lawyer?

Butler McDermott family lawyers can assist you with a wide variety of legal matters that may arise with the person to whom you are or were married or in a de facto relationship with.

Remember that you often have a limited time in which to take action to protect yourself and you should obtain family law advice before entering into any agreement.

A family lawyer can help you work through these very stressful situations efficiently and effectively, helping you navigate the changes to come for yourself and your family.

Make an appointment to speak to one of our trusted family lawyers if you are currently working through any of the following experiences:

Typical family law experiences

  • Separation or divorce
  • Division of your assets and liabilities through property and financial settlements
  • Calculating Child Support and Spousal Maintenance payments
  • Determining custody or parenting arrangements
  • Planning to relocate or travel with your children after separation
  • Needing help with family violence matters and intervention orders

Why choose Butler McDermott as your family law solicitors?

At Butler McDermott, we know that if you’re looking for a family lawyer, your family is likely to be going through a significantly stressful life change. You may be concerned about the safety of your children, or the financial impact of your separation. You may also be confused about what happens next and need someone trustworthy, caring, and knowledgeable in your corner.

That’s why we take the time to understand your concerns and help you understand your options, working with you step by step to achieve the best outcome possible for your family.

When you engage us as your family lawyers, you’ll get the backing of a firm that:

  • is one of the oldest, most established law firms in the Sunshine Coast, with over 100 years of continual practice.
  • has an established history of successful outcomes.
  • has handled many hundreds of cases, including everything from small family disputes to large, high-profile cases.
  • can offer expertise in many different areas of law.
  • is highly engaged in the local community. offers trusted, caring, and friendly legal assistance to all clients.

Meet Our Family Law Team

Butler McDermott is a household name on the Sunshine Coast because we place our clients at the heart of everything we do.

Simone Faunt


Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.