Making the difficult easier. 
Bringing calm to the chaos.

Brisbane’s largest specialised family law firm with six accredited family law specialists offers experienced advice in all areas of family and relationship law including expertise in: mediation, arbitration, collaboration and litigation. Doyle’s Guide has recognised the leadership team as key players in their field of expertise. Doyle’s Guide is an independent review process conducted annually through extensive consultation with peers and relevant industry representatives.

Merging two long-standing and highly respected family law firms, Principals Anne-Marie Rice, James Naughton and Kieran McCarthy bring together almost a century of experience in the legal profession.  They are renowned for their personal warmth, for making complex legal processes accessible and bringing intellectual rigour to the provision of considered, respectful advice. 

Rice Naughton McCarthy are family lawyers who speak your language and leave the legalese to their dealings with legal colleagues. The leadership team comprises four of the best legal minds in family law who are highly respected and trusted by the Bench, the Bar and family law colleagues and frequently in receipt of referrals by specialist legal colleagues in different fields.


Anne-Marie Rice has consistently been listed as a “leading” practitioner in each of the annual Queensland Doyle’s guides since its inception in 2012. Known for her intellect and insight, Anne-Marie has held executive positions in family law’s most significant committees, teaches the family law subject at the University of Queensland and is one of only five women among the Australian Fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers.  

Kieran McCarthy is highly regarded within the profession and beyond with more than 20 years’ experience. He brings to the practice a breadth of understanding of both the law and human nature and lends his expertise to the governing council of one of Queensland’s major not-for-profit health and education providers.

James Naughton is a strong and experienced litigator with particular interest and expertise in complex financial matters. 
Like Anne-Marie and Kieran he is a Family Law Accredited Specialist and is renowned for his tenacity.

The lawyers navigate clients through parenting and financial matters and demystify the often complex law to ensure clients are able to crystallise the issues and reach a timely resolution.

Rice Naughton McCarthy ensures clients' dignity in the process and certainty in the resolutions negotiated, enabling clients to rebuild their lives.