Clarissa Rayward is known as ‘The Happy Family
Lawyer’ as she specialises in helping couples stay
out of Court and work together to reach a resolution
to their relationship breakdown. A practising family
lawyer, she is the Director of the Brisbane Family Law
Centre, a multidisciplinary practice where lawyers work
alongside counsellors and financial planners to ensure
that clients receive the holistic support they need.
Clarissa is the author of the successful ‘Happy Family
Lawyer’ blog, providing weekly commentary and tips
on issues relating to life, love, relationships and divorce.
She is also the Author of the book, ‘Splitsville – How to
separate, stay out of Court and stay friends.’
In 2016 Clarissa launched her new venture ‘Happy
Lawyer, Happy Life’ in response to the growing number
of lawyers and other professionals reaching out to her
looking for ways of finding ‘Happiness’ in their careers.
Clarissa’s podcast and book both titled ‘Happy Lawyer,
Happy Life’ offer insights and resources for legal
professionals seeking fulfilling careers and happiness
both in law and in life.
Following many years of work as what she calls an
‘accidental wellness advocate’ in law, Clarissa was
recognised as the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law
Awards Wellness Advocate of the Year. Over the past
4+ years, lawyers both nationally and internationally
have jumped aboard her ‘happiness project’ by listening
to the podcast, reading the book, participating in the
7 day happiness challenge or 8 week online course,
talking with friends and colleagues and perhaps most
importantly, asking the question- how can I be a
Clarissa is deeply proud to have contributed to
furthering the conversation about wellness in law but
we know there is still a whole lot of #lawlandbedazzling
to be done!