Rob Crossing, Principal

Rob was admitted to practice in 1995 and is a former legal associate to the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia. He established Crossing Family Lawyers in 2003.

Rob enjoys working on farming cases, property settlements, financial agreement and issues relating to children.

Rob has a particular interest in collaborative dispute resolution. Rob is a founding member of Collaborative Professionals WA and has served on its council. Rob is also a nationally accredited mediator and arbitrator.

Rob is also a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of WA, the Law Society of WA, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Resolution Institute and the Australian Institute of Family Lawyers and Mediators.

Rob is active in several community groups. He is a committee member of the 2/2 Commando Association of Australia (Inc.) and is a member of the council of Christ Church Grammar School.

 

Vincent Tan, Senior Associate

Vincent joined Crossing Family Lawyers in 2010.

Vincent graduated from Murdoch University in 2006, with a double degree in law and commerce (finance), and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008. Vincent was made a senior associate of the firm in 2012 and completed his masters in family law in 2015.

Vincent has a particular interest in helping clients keep matters out of court. Vincent is a nationally accredited family law mediator and a family dispute resolution practitioner. Vincent is also trained in collaborative practice.

Vincent has experience in complex financial matters involving companies, trusts and businesses and regularly instructs counsel and senior counsel from the independent bar when involved in defended litigation.

Vincent is a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association (WA), Collaborative Professionals WA, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Law Society of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Family Lawyers and Mediators.

 

Bobbee Whittome, Associate

Bobbee joined Crossing Family Lawyers in March 2013 and after being admitted to practise as a solicitor in December 2012.

Bobbee was made an associate of the firm in 2017.

Bobbee practises in all areas of family law, and has a particular interest in complex parenting cases involving children at risk, complex mental health issues and family violence.

Prior to joining the firm, Bobbee worked for the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia in alternative dispute resolution and the duty lawyer service at the Family Court of Western Australia.

From this, Bobbee gained valuable court experience and the ability to think on her feet during negotiations and court appearances.

Bobbee is a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association (WA), the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.

 

Penny Rowse, Lawyer

Penny joined Crossing Family Lawyers in May 2012, while she was undertaking her studies to become a lawyer. Penny was admitted to practise as a solicitor in November 2017, and practises in all areas of family law.

Prior to her admission, and since January 2010, Penny worked as a law clerk and legal secretary exclusively in family law. These years of experience have given Penny considerable knowledge in many aspects of family law matters, setting her
apart from many other junior and graduate lawyers.

Prior to studying law, Penny completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and criminology, at Edith Cowan University. This degree has provided her with a great understanding of human behaviour, which is an asset in the family law context as it assists her in navigating clients through complex family breakdowns.

Penny is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.