Making the difficult easier. 
Bringing calm to the chaos.

Brisbane’s largest specialised family law firm, with seven accredited family law specialists, offers experienced advice in all areas of family and relationship law including expertise in: mediation, arbitration, collaboration and litigation. The Directors are recognised by their peers as being leaders in their field and Rice Naughton McCarthy is regarded as one of Australia's and Queensland's leading family law firms.

Directors Anne-Marie Rice, James Naughton and Kieran McCarthy bring together almost a century of experience in the legal profession.  They are renowned and sought after for their personal warmth, for making complex legal processes accessible and for 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 team comprises some of the best legal minds in family law who are highly respected and trusted by the Bench, the Bar, the wider legal community and family law colleagues.


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 a handful of 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.

Our 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.