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Ashleigh Barry

Senior Associate

+61 2 4221 9311


What Our Clients Say

I cannot convey my appreciation for you and your team enough. I was treated with the utmost care, respect and kindness, which helped me greatly get through such a difficult time for both myself and my daughter. I wish nothing but the best for all of you in the future. Take care, it was such a pleasure to have met and worked with you all.

I have the highest regard for Ashleigh Barry and Peter Chodat. They showed commitment, understanding and professionalism through an incredibly stressful time, their ability to obtain a result with kindness and genuine friendship leaves me indebted to them always.

Thank you for your assistance and quick responses during this stressful matter. While you are not ‘my’ lawyer, I appreciate the objective approach to solve this situation, it speaks volumes for you and your firm.

Ashleigh Barry is amazing! Thank you for helping me, I am so grateful to you for representing me, and thank you so much for your passionate, thoughtful and brilliant work.

Thank you for all your help during the past few months. I really appreciate your professionalism as you have helped make a difficult time more bearable. Thanks again. 

Ashleigh was so helpful and assisted me with all my questions. Could have not asked for any more support. She made it a smooth and easy process to go through even though it was a difficult personal matter. 

Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I am very grateful to have had you and for everything you have put in over the past two years. So thank you again, we are very appreciative, and grateful to have had you as our lawyer. 

A huge thanks to you and your team for everything you have done to help ensure that my Dad got the best possible outcome. With me being interstate, it has reassured me to know that you really were looking out for my Dad. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We are going to miss dealing with you. You have been a pleasure to work with and I am so grateful that you took such good care of our family and were so willing to work with me given I live interstate. 

I am very happy. Thank you Ashleigh. 

Thank you for everything. I’ve been very blessed to have you on my side looking after all this. You really are wonderful. Thanks heaps.

It was a very difficult time but from our first meeting I had every confidence in you and I knew you would look after me. I know you say it’s your job but I want you to know that your advice made it so much easier. Knowing that I could rely on you to back me. So many people said “I hope you have a good solicitor.” The one thing I could answer without any hesitation is “yes I do, I have the best! Thanks again for everything. 

It was hard to believe there was ever going to be light again… and without your consistence efforts, all your help and endless support, I truly don’t believe I would have made it!  I can’t thank you and your team enough. You have no idea how much I appreciate you and how grateful I feel. You have my sincere thank you and your firm will be at the TOP of the TOP recommendation list for people seeking help to similar battles I had. Thank you again Ashleigh. 

It’s very clear the work you do is more than just a job to you. I’m very grateful you accepted me as a client. Words cannot express how much relief your work has given me. Moving forward these orders will drastically improve our day to day life. Thank you for everything you have done and the speed at which you did it all. If your work ethic and knowledge is an example of all the Kells employees, I will be using Kells for everything possible!


Ashleigh has specialised exclusively in family law since joining Kells in 2012. She grew up in Wollongong and is known for her ambitious but pragmatic approach.

What she does

Ashleigh is experienced across all areas of family law with a particular interest in divorce/separations, property matters including property settlements, spousal maintenance and binding financial agreements. She also has a wealth of experience in child related matters with custody arrangements, urgent recovery applications, passport and overseas travel applications, relocation matters, child support and parenting appeals.

“When working with clients, I am mindful that all parties are experiencing a challenging time and I believe there is a solution to every problem. Using my knowledge of the law and my own personal background with a family separation, I am able to identify legal solutions for my clients. I enjoy helping people get their lives back on track.”

Who Ashleigh acts for

Ashleigh acts for clients who are experiencing a breakdown of their personal relationships. This includes clients who are married or in a de facto relationship, including same sex couples or people who have had children with a partner.


Holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Community Involvement

Ashleigh is an active participant in the Mentor Walks Wollongong and previously held the position of Board Director at Austlaw.

Ashleigh was named the winner for the category of Outstanding Young Employee in the 2019 Business Illawarra Awards and listed as a finalist in the 2019 State Business Awards for Outstanding Young Employee across New South Wales. Ashleigh was also named a finalist in the 2019 Illawarra Women in Business Awards for Young Business Woman of the Year.

Outside of Kells

Outside the office, Ashleigh has danced competitively since the age of 5 and continues to compete each year in the Bjelke Peterson Physical Culture Championships. Ashleigh is also a teacher at her own Physie Club which opened in 2022. Ashleigh has won the title of National Champion in 2012, 2016 and 2019 at the Opera House, overall Grand Champion in 2019 and State Champion in 2020. She is a proud mum to three gorgeous dogs: a Pug, Chihuahua and an English Staffy.



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