Carolyn Shiels established her family law practice in Picton after a long career in the police force and then as a public prosecutor.
The Wollondilly local began her law career in 1986 as a police officer.
"I became a police prosecutor in 1988 and completed my law degree in 1990," Ms Shiels said.
"I was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and left the Police Force in 2000.
"I started at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2001 and remained there until leaving a long public service career in 2015 when my personal Family Law experiences encouraged me to make a change to help others."
With a long history in the field of prosecution, Ms Shiels is one of the Legal Aid duty lawyers who take turns providing criminal and legal aid services at Picton Local Court every few months.
She is also on many of the Legal Aid panels including Children's Criminal Matters, Domestic Violence, Family Law and the Serious Criminal Panel.
"I have a real passion for Family Law and hope to become an Accredited Family Law Specialist this year as I am undergoing additional studies in that area," Ms Shiels said.
She said Shiels Lawyers prides itself on treating clients as "members of the team of people required for success in their case".
With her extensive experience in Criminal Law, and a background of prosecution, Ms Shiels has the ability to be able to decide what should be defended, what should be sent back for representations for perhaps a negotiated plea, and what preparations are needed if a plea of guilty is deemed appropriate.
"The fact that I have had my own Family Law journey, along with having children, gives me an ability to see things from a client's perspective," she said.
"We are a small, boutique and caring law firm where our clients come first. And they know it."
And when she is not working hard for her clients, Ms Shiels has a passion for "anything old".
"I love old furniture, old jewellery and old homes," she said. "As soon as Macquarie Cottage came up for lease, we jumped at it. We love everything about this place.
"It is rumoured to have a resident ghost, and we have had experiences with doors opening and other odd unexplained incidents.
"But whoever it is supposed to be appears to be very polite, and we all work well together."
You will find Shiels Lawyers at Macquarie Cottage, 55 Argyle Street, Picton. Details: 4577 1616 or www.shielslawyers.com.au.