Méabh Loughnane



Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) RMIT University
Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law

Méabh (pronounced “Maeve”) was admitted to practice in March 2021 and joined Forte Family Lawyers as a lawyer in August 2021.

Méabh has focused her professional legal experience in the specialised area of family law since 2017. During her tertiary studies, Méabh worked as a paralegal and was employed as a legal researcher by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, working at the (then) Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia. Méabh went on to work as a research assistant to the Honourable Diana Bryant, QC AO, former Chief Justice of the (then) Family Court of Australia. She was later employed as a research consultant to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, where she gained experience working with Judges across international family law jurisdictions on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Following university, Méabh worked as a Judge’s associate to His Honour (now) Justice Riethmuller in the (then) Federal Circuit Court of Australia. In that role, Méabh gained valuable knowledge of the judicial system and court procedure in the family law jurisdiction.

Méabh has contributed to several family law journal articles and textbook chapters and continues to participate in regular professional and educational development.

Méabh is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria and is Co-Chair of the Junior Family Law Working Group.