Haydn Marsh

Senior Associate

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Haydn Marsh joined Snedden Hall & Gallop in 2019 to head up our Family Law team.

His extensive experience in family law includes having worked as the Legal Associate to the Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, and as an Associate with a leading family law firm in Canberra. Most recently Haydn worked as a Deputy Registrar of the ACT Magistrates court.

Prior to practising exclusively in family law, Haydn worked at a large international law firm in their commercial and contract law areas. Haydn brings his experience in commercial law to help clients with complex family law property disputes.

Haydn also specialises in assisting clients with post-separation parenting disputes, and representing clients in family violence and personal protection order proceedings.

In addition to his experience as a litigator and advocate, Haydn is committed to assisting his family law clients to resolve their disputes as swiftly and amicably as possible. Haydn gained accreditation as a mediator in 2012, and in addition to facilitating mediations, regularly represents parties at mediation.

Haydn holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU). In 2013 Haydn was awarded the Blackburn Medal for Legal Research, having graduated with the highest mark for his honours thesis. In 2015 Haydn returned to the ANU to teach family law as a sessional academic.

Haydn is the president of the Canberra Region Family Law Professionals Association, a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of the ACT Law Society. He is also listed on the High Court of Australia’s Register of Practitioners.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family law
  • Dispute resolution

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Right from the outset I felt at ease with Haydn and Jane from the SHG Family Law team. The time and level of attention paid helped me tremendously through what was a very difficult situation. Both Haydn and Jane had such a lovely and caring manner, but it was their level of communication that made the biggest difference.

Haydn’s advice was always thoughtful and targeted, and it was very clear that he was always focused on the best outcome for me. I would thoroughly recommend Haydn and his team at Snedden Hall & Gallop.

Anonymous (Family Law – Dec 2020)

8 December 2020

Andrew Ekert and Haydn Marsh recently assisted us with our family law matter, which was complex and had a history of litigation. I had been preparing to self-represent at an upcoming family dispute resolution conference and a possible trial. They took a proactive approach with preparation for and representation at our conference, going above and beyond to get across our matter quickly and to help find solutions within the constraints.

Although we had a lot to get through, their expertise and approach helped us reach a resolution and agreed orders, avoiding further conflict and cost. I found their approach professional and reassuring, and the outcome we reached to be very positive.

Anonymous 2020 (Family Law)

27 August 2020

Dear Haydn

Thank you very much for your assistance and counsel with my family violence order (FVO) matter, and in particular for your excellent representation and efforts during my court conference. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Suchara as well for her assistance throughout the process. Resolving this legal issue with the best possible outcome and as quickly as possible has given me some affirmation and closure after what had been a confusing situation to come back to. Thank you for treating my case with utmost seriousness and respect as well as providing supportive legal-professionalism.

Anonymous (Family Law)

19 February 2020

Haydn Marsh helped my son in his family breakdown matter – we were so lucky to engage him. He was professional, knowledgable and committed to achieving the best outcome for us. He is also sympathetic, kind and has just the right touch of humour, which my son and I greatly appreciated during this stressful time. For most of this matter, we have been in the overseas, so a lot of emails, phone calls and video conferences have been required, all handled brilliantly with help from Gemma Butler, who is also excellent.

G Martin (Family law)

8 April 2020