Henry Brookman

– London Solicitor

Henry Brookman was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia in 1971, and then came to England where he worked for the leading London firm Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert. He returned to South Australia in 1975.

While he was in general practice in South Australia Henry Brookman built up the largest firm in the Lower Murray region. He acted for transport companies, engineering companies, one of the largest co-operatives of tomato growers and onion growers in Australia and a harvester manufacturing factory.

In 1976 Henry Brookman commenced practising family law, handling numerous custody and property settlement cases before he decided to make it his speciality.

He acted for the husband in one of the earliest custody cases where the wife had entered into a lesbian relationship. He took a number of appeal cases through the Full Court of the Family Court, acting for both husbands and wives at different times. In a number of cases he was appointed by the court to act as a separate representative for the children.

Many financial cases involved complicated evidence on business valuation and licenses, and he acted for a wide variety of people from farmers to psychiatrists and lawyers.

In a prominent case Henry Brookman acted for a gay couple who challenged the then law banning homosexual acts; taking it through to the High Court of Australia and succeeding in having it struck down.

In 1997 Henry Brookman was “head-hunted” to return to England to work on matters which required knowledge of both the English and Australian legal systems. He began his work over here with several complex child abduction cases, one of which established a new law in relation to unmarried fathers, and is in the law reports as In re W. He has given evidence in the High Court on Australian family law and been retained by several leading firms and local authorities to advise on Australian law.

Since this time he has acted in complicated financial matters, as well as handling a full range of more straightforward matters. Much of his work has an overseas element. Henry Brookman is widely admired by his clients for his straightforward approach and forthright manner. He makes a policy of not naming clients or giving any detail that might identify them, and so regrets he cannot say more about his recent and current matters.

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What our clients are saying:

‘LK’, North London

“As a final note, I did want to thank yourself [Talitha Brookman] and Henry for your support throughout this difficult process and somewhat difficult case.”


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Brookman Solicitors

55 Reviews

Simon Rogerson 12/08/2019

I wanted to say a big thanks to Henry Bookman and his colleagues for all their help and guidance during my divorce - a long a complicated one. The team were all brilliant. I loved the fact that Henry was happy to explore possibilities and search for solutions. I also feel that on occasions he gave hope when things were against me. All told a great coach who was ready with pearls of wisdom when I needed it.

An'a. K 10/08/2019

I would strongly recommend this firm. I had the opportunity to discuss my case thoroughly with Mr Bookman. But before the initial consultation, I had a telephone conversation with a legal assistant who took most of the details down, so that my initial consultation was to the point I appreciate the advice given by Mr Bookman and think it a humble approach that the initial consultation is FREE and carried by the most senior member of the firm and not by a junior staff like it happens in other firms.

Anonymous 08/08/2019

Aziz Malik. Unbelievably good. Fantastic advice and was able to manage my difficult family law case to a superb outcome. Highly recommended.

Sara Estevez 01/08/2019

I did a consultation with Henry and I highly recommend him. He took the time to understand my situation, checked that he had all the information he needed and once he realized he was not the best person for my case, he recommended another lawyer in another country who could help. Unlike other lawyers I've worked with previously, he was extremely honest, transparent and generous with his time.

Riviera Boulevard 15/06/2019

The professionalism and speed at which Mr Henry responded to the initial enquiry was remarkable and the advice provided was detailed and clear.