Mary Anne Ryan

Admitted to practice :  9 August 2001

Signed the bar roll :     11 May 2015



University of Tasmania

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2002)

Bachelor of Laws (Hon) (2001)


Mary Anne came to law with 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse.

On admission Mary Anne worked as an employed solicitor with Avery Partners Lawyers.

In 2005 Mary Anne practiced as principal of her own firm, Mary Anne Ryan, before amalgamating with PWB Lawyers in 2010.

Mary Anne has practiced as a solicitor advocate since admission, undertaking most of her own trial and appellate work.

In 2015 Mary Anne joined the Tasmanian Independent Bar to exclusively work as a barrister.


Areas of practice

Family Law

Relationships Law

Child Protection

Independent Children’s Lawyer work

Guardianship law

Civil and criminal law

Coronial and inquest work


Anti-discrimination law



2002 – Present      Member Family Law Section of the Law Council                                   of Australia

2014 – Present      Chair of Hobart Women’s Shelter Board

2009 – Present      Board Member of Hobart Women’s Shelter

2013 – Present       Member Litigation Committee of the Law                                             Society of Tasmania

2010 – 2011            Member Equal Opportunity Committee of the                                       Law Council of Australia

2010 – 2011            President of Australian Women Lawyers

2006 – 2011            Board Member of Australian Women Lawyers

2006 – 2011            President of Tasmanian Women Lawyers

2003 – 2013            Committee Member of Tasmanian Women                                           Lawyers

2004 – 2013            Committee Member of Family Law                                                          Practitioners Association of Tasmania