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Teresa first joined Macquarie Law School in January 2017. She had previously taught in Universities in both Australia and the UK. She is currently undertaking her PhD through the University of South Australia, examining the legal position of the older person in an asset for care arrangement. The thesis highlights the limitations of the present law and puts forward proposals for reform. 

Teresa has presented her research at conferences in Australia and New Zealand.  Her work has been cited in the recent ALRC report into elder abuse.

Teresa convenes and teaches undergraduate and JD Equity and Trusts, JD Property law and delivers lectures in equitable remedies.

Research interests

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Property Law
  • Remedies
  • Elder Law
  • Vulnerable People and the Law


  • Laws 809 Property
  • Laws 216 Property
  • Laws 217 Equity and Trusts
  • Laws 555 Remedies

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching and Learning , Postgraduate Certificate , Buckinghamshire New University

Legal Practice , Graduate Diploma , College of Law, NSW

Law, Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University

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accommodation Social Sciences
Law Social Sciences
law reform Social Sciences
assets Social Sciences
transaction Social Sciences
vulnerability Social Sciences
abuse Social Sciences
equity Social Sciences

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Research Outputs 1996 2019

Housing Stress and Homelessness Among Older Women: An Australian Perspective

Webb, E. & Somes, T., 2019, (In preparation).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearch

Identifying vulnerability: the argument for law reform for failed family accommodation arrangements

Somes, T., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Elder Law Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

law reform
social consciousness

Elder Financial Abuse

Somes, T., Webb, E., Field, S. (ed.) & Sappideen, C. (ed.), 2018, (Accepted/In press) Elder Law. The Federation Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Delivering justice to vulnerable litigants: procedural dilemmas for justice institutions

Willis, S. & Somes, T., 2017, p. 97-98. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

How can we prevent financial abuse of the elderly?

Webb, E. & Somes, T., 2 Oct 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Activities 2017 2019

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Resolving Disputes Arising From Failed Family Accommodation Agreements – are Tribunals the Answer?

Teresa Somes (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

'Characterising the failed asset for care arrangement: abuse and vulnerability’.

Teresa Somes (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Victims, survivors, innocents? Exploring the mobilisation of vulnerability in policy and law 2018

Sonya Willis (Organiser), Francesca Dominello (Organiser), Adele Garnier (Organiser), Teresa Somes (Organiser)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Addressing elder abuse: family agreements

Teresa Somes (Speaker)
3 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation