Trevor Tockar

Areas of Expertise

Family Law



Child abduction


Trevor Tockar completed his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town in 1975. After working full-time as a karate instructor until 1981, he was admitted as an Advocate (Barrister) to the Cape Bar. In 1997 he was appointed as Senior Counsel for the Republic of South Africa, with his Letters Patent being signed by President Nelson Mandela. In 1998 he was appointed as an Acting Judge of the High Court (previously the Supreme Court) of South Africa and in 1999 received another appointment as Acting Judge.

In 2001 he moved to Australia and was admitted to practice as a Barrister in New South Wales, where he specialises in Family Law (parenting cases / international and local relocation / property adjustment / maintenance / international child abduction (Hague Convention) / forum issues (forum non conveniens) / de facto disputes).

Trevor has previously been an oral examiner (Civil Trials) in respect of the National Bar Examinations and an Arbitrator in Civil and Commercial Arbitration in South Africa.

Trevor is also very involved in the sport of karate, having represented South Africa at international level from 1973 to 1981 and having been coach of the South and Southern Africa Knockdown Karate Team from 1979 to 1999. Trevor is presently an Australian Branch Chief of the International Karate Organisation and operates a full-time dojo (karate club) in Bondi (see website:

Trevor Tockar