ABOUT Linda Cao

Special Counsel


Linda has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer practicing exclusively in Family Law.

Linda’s skills range from property settlements to parenting arrangements for children, with an emphasis on amicable outcomes whenever possible.

Linda’s varied background within Family Law includes active involvement in law reform, managing complex financial cases, child welfare matters, and assisting persons from diverse ethnic backgrounds to ensure everyone in our community has access to the law. Much of Linda’s attention over the years has been to progress indigenous interests within the Family Law jurisdiction.

Linda is focused on negotiated outcomes when circumstances permit, and relies on the Court as a safety net only when an amicable outcome isn’t possible or if safety is involved. She practices law from a trauma informed perspective.

In 2019 Linda appeared before the Australian Federal Senate Inquiry to give submissions on pending reforms to the Family Law Act (Cwlth) as well as appeared before the Federal Joint Select Committee in Canberra for proposed Changes to Australia’s Family Law System in 2020.

In 2019 she also appeared before Western Australian Parliament to give submissions to the Inquiry into the Magistrates Court of Western Australia’s Management of Matters Involving Family and Domestic Violence.

She has lectured Masters of Law for the College of Law and had opportunity to manage the Family Law legal clinic operated by Murdoch University in 2018.  She has also worked on legal incentives in recent years such as the Non-Fatal Strangulation Working Committee to change relevant legislation.

Linda is a member of the Family Lawyer Practitioner’s Association of WA and in 2011, she was a finalist for the State Attorney General’s Community Services Lawyer Award for her pro bono family law services to the public.

Linda has a degree in psychology and education. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked as a psychologist.

In her spare time, Linda likes to relax by painting with watercolours.



  • Trauma Informed Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education (with teaching qualifications) (BA)
  • BARRISTER & SOLICITOR, The Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • BARRISTER & SOLICITOR, The High Court and Federal Courts of Australia

Leadership, Membership & Honors

  • State Attorney General Office - Shortlisted in the top 3 for “Attorney General’s Community Services Lawyer Award” - 2011
  • Australia’s National Research Organisation into Women’s Safety (“ANROWS”)
  • Ethics Committees at Murdoch University
  • Member of the Animal Protection Society of WA Inc.
  • Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Women’s Legal Referral Service
  • Member of Non Fatal Strangulation Working Committee