Christine Harvey

Special Counsel
Estates & Estate Planning


  • Estate planning advice, covering testamentary trusts, protective trusts & superannuation
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney (ACT & NSW), Guardianship appointments (NSW)
  • Aged care advice
  • Probate applications
  • Estate administration advice
  • Advising on complex estate disputes
  • Trusts, including disability trusts

Christine’s focus at BAL is Estate Planning, Estates, Trusts and Estate-related dispute resolution.  She works with clients on addressing the full range of complex Estate Planning matters, with a view to implementing robust solutions that aim to minimise costly and painful disputes.  A sharp eye for detail and an empathetic manner provide Christine’s clients with confidence that their documents are expertly tailored to their unique circumstances.

Christine’s expertise was acknowledged in the Doyles Guide 2020 as Recommended for Wills, Estates and Succession Planning and Recommended for Estate Litigation

Christine has enjoyed a diverse career as a legal practitioner.  She has worked in both private and government practice and as a special magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court.  In addition, she has had significant experience working in professional associations and peak industry bodies at the national, state and territory level.

An active and engaged member of the broader legal community, Christine has served as Director of Professional Standards of the Law Society of the ACT, Executive Director of the Law Society of the ACT, Deputy Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia.  In 2002, Christine’s career took a different trajectory when she was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, then Junior Vice President of Professions Australia and then later, as Chief Executive Officer of The Victorian Bar.  Christine has not hesitated to take on positions as a director on the boards of several companies in the not-for-profit sector including being as a board member and Vice President, of the Victorian Cytology Service Inc. (now the VCS Foundation).

Christine continues to contribute to the Canberra legal community in serving as a Law Society of the ACT Members’ Adviser to assist practitioners who receive a professional conduct complaint.  In this role, Christine draws on her depth of understanding of professional ethics, the statutory Conduct Rules and trust account practice and procedure to assist local practitioners.

In July 2008, Christine joined forces with Jill McSpedden in her practice at Yarralumla and the firm became known as McSpeddenHarvey.  In the following decade, the firm continued to prosper as a well-established and recognised boutique legal services firm, focusing on estates, estate planning, conveyancing and business law.  A perfect segue: Jill and Christine joined BAL in January 2020.

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