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 has been recognised as a preeminent commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Tasmania by the Doyles Guide.

Paula is committed to achieving the best outcome for clients in an expedient and cost-effective manner.

Paula Sutherland & Associates is an innovative and progressive firm, adopting a no-nonsense approach to all aspects of the dispute resolution process in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Paula Sutherland & Associates also offers expert advice and service in relation to:

  • Residential conveyancing;
  • Estate Planning, including taking instructions and preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney; and
  • Estate Administration.

We welcome 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.

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