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The Honourable Diana Bryant AO

The Honourable Diana Bryant AO was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia in 2004. Prior to her appointment she was the Chief Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (now the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) from 2000 – 2004.

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Matthew Burgess

Matthew’s passion is helping clients successfully achieve their goals. He co-founded the virtual law firm View Legal in 2014 after having practised as a lawyer (and ultimately partner) at one of Australia’s leading independent law firms for over 17 years.

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Madonna King

Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and authors. A weekly columnist with Brisbane Times, she has 25 years’ experience across newspapers, television and as the voice of 612 ABC Brisbane’s current affairs program.

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Presenters

Marie Adams | Family Consultant, Family Law Courts Brisbane Registry
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Marie Adams is a social worker, family consultant and accredited family dispute resolution practitioner who has a long-standing interest in working with families to resolve parenting disputes by mediation and the preparation of family reports for the parents and for the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. She has been on the Legal Aid Queensland FDRP panel since 1991. She worked at the Family Law Courts from 2008 to 2011, is currently working at the Courts, and has been in private practice for over 25 years.

The art and process of a family report assessment

Liz Anderson | Associate, Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers
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Liz completed her studies in 2011 and joined the Barry.Nilsson. family law team in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Education from the Queensland University of Technology.

Liz is involved in all aspects of family law including divorce, property settlements, parenting and financial matters, child support, domestic violence matters, drafting court documents and appearing in court. Due to Liz’s well-rounded professional experience she brings a high level of sophistication and confidence to each and every matter.

Crossing the streams: When criminal law meets family law

The Honourable Justice Stewart Craig Austin | Family Court of Australia

Justice Stewart Austin was sworn in as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia in July 2009. He currently holds the position of chair of the Court Performance committee, with overall case management responsibility for the Court’s trial division.

Justice Austin holds bachelor degrees in law and jurisprudence from the University of New South Wales, awarded in 1984.

He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and was the litigation partner in a Newcastle law firm (1989-1997). As a solicitor, he acquired specialist accreditation in both criminal law and advocacy, in 1994 and 1996 respectively, and was appointed as an arbitrator for the Local Court of New South Wales (1995-2003).

Justice Austin was admitted as a barrister in 1997, undertaking work in a broad range of criminal and civil jurisdictions; however appearing most often in criminal trials and sentences.

More recently he has been an instructor for the Australian Advocacy Institute, which provides advocacy tuition to barristers and solicitors.

The latest and greatest in family law

The Honourable Justice David Berman | Family Court of Australia
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Born in Adelaide, Justice David Berman commenced his career as a partner in the legal firm White Berman in January 1981.  In February 1995 he signed the Bar Roll and commenced practice as a barrister exclusively in the area of matrimonial law.  On 11 October 2010 he was appointed as Senior Counsel and then appointed as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia in July 2013.  He remains a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is the Court’s representative to the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.  He received an appointment as a President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2015.

Modern family law: A snapshot in time

Dan Bottrell | Director, Bottrell Graham Moloney Family Lawyers; Secretary, Family Law Practitioners Association (Qld) and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Dan has been a family lawyer for 15 years, 10 of them spent as a partner at one of the Gold Coast’s largest family law firms, and now as a director of boutique family law firm, BGM Family Lawyers.

In 2013, Dan was awarded the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize for results secured in the College of Law’s Master of Applied Law (Family Law) program.

Dan is a guest family law lecturer at Bond University and has served as an executive committee member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland for the past four years. A collaboratively trained lawyer, Dan is a member of the Gold Coast Collaborative Law Group and a member of Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Family Law Advisory Committee.

Tips from the bench: 10 ways to improve your written evidence

What to do when things go wrong in the witness box

Stephen Bourke | Director, SuperSplitting
Julie Broadhurst | Senior Mental Health Worker, Legal Aid Queensland
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Julie Broadhurst is qualified and registered as a social worker and a psychologist and has more than 20 years experience working with children and families. She has experience in the child protection, disabilities, health, and family law sectors and is currently employed with Legal Aid Queensland managing the Child and Family Services Team.

The art and process of a family report assessment

The Honourable Diana Bryant AO | Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia
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The Honourable Diana Bryant AO was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia in 2004. Prior to her appointment she was the Chief Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (now the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) from 2000 – 2004. She guided the emergence and growth of that court as the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate. She was one of two Hague Network Judges for Australia and is presently chairing a working group for the Hague Permanent Bureau in relation to the Child Abduction Convention and is co-chair of the Association of International Family Judges. She has a strong interest in family law policy.

Chief Justice Bryant received a Centenary Medal in 2001 for her role in the establishment of the Federal Magistrates Court and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for her distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly to family law policy reform and practice, through the establishment of the Federal Magistrates Court and to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Keynote: Q&A with the Chief Justice

Matthew Burgess | Director, View Legal; Author and Speaker
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Matthew’s passion is helping clients successfully achieve their goals.

He co-founded the virtual law firm View Legal in 2014 after having practised as a lawyer (and ultimately partner) at one of Australia’s leading independent law firms for over 17 years.

Matthew has developed his practice in tax, estate and succession planning, and provides strategic advice to business owners and high net-worth individuals.  He has been continually recognised in the Best Lawyers list since 2014 (in relation to trusts and estates) and for two years running in Doyle’s Guide either personally or as part of View Legal since 2015 (in relation to taxation).

In part leveraging off the skills he has developed working in the small and medium-sized enterprises space, Matthew has been the catalyst for a number of innovative legal solutions for advisers and their clients, including establishing Australia’s first virtual law firm.

The Five-Year Plan: Will you still be relevant in 2022?

The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew | Family Court of Australia
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Justice Carew was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and was called to the Bar in 1992. In 2013, Her Honour was appointed Queen’s Counsel and on 7 March 2016 was appointed to the bench of the Family Court of Australia.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Tips from the bench: 10 ways to improve your written evidence

Fiona Caulley | President, Family Law Practitioners Association (Qld), Director, Phillips Family Law and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Fiona has over 13 years’ experience practising in family law. She is the president of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland. In 2017 she was acknowledged as a Leading Family Lawyer in Brisbane by Doyle’s Guide, following being named as a Rising Star in 2016.

Fiona is passionate about wellness in the legal profession and increasing awareness about the need for lawyers to learn skills to thrive – rather than just survive – legal practice through wellness, mindfulness and other contemplative practices. A faculty member of Be Mindful for Lawyers, Fiona is developing and presenting training for lawyers on effective lawyering, resiliency and enhanced performance through mindfulness.

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Keynote: Q&A with the Chief Justice

The Five-Year Plan: Will you still be relevant in 2022?

Donna Cooper | Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
Clare Dart | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Clare has been practising predominantly in family law, child protection and domestic violence law for almost two decades. She has practised in Australia, the United Kingdom and Swaziland. Clare has a keen interest in human rights law, having completed a Masters of Laws in Human Rights in 2006.

In addition to practising as a barrister, Clare is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, a nationally accredited mediator and an arbitrator.

Clare has been an active member of the Brisbane legal community as a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association and has sat on its board since 2011.

Clare also volunteers at Women’s Legal Service and has done so for over five years.

Confidentiality and admissibility in family dispute resolution and counselling

Amelia De Campo | Manager, Children’s Supervised Contact Centre, LifeCare Consultancy
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Amelia De Campo has been the Manager of LifeCare Children’s Supervised Contact Service for over 4 years following several years undertaking supervision of young people. With a background in teaching, Amelia’s transition into Social Work was underpinned by a strong interest in social justice and child protection. Amelia’s extensive experience in issues around drug and alcohol addiction, high conflict relationships and children led her to the role of Manager of the Contact Services. In 2015, Amelia became the first person from a private service to sit on the board of the Australian Children’s Contact Service Association.

Alienation, alignment, estrangement: Emotional abuse or complicated grief?

Susan De Campo | Director, LifeCare Consultancy and Regulation 7 Family Consultant
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Susan De Campo is a fellow of the Queensland Counsellors’ Association. With over 20 years’ in private practice as a registered counsellor specialising in loss and grief, young people and relationship therapy and 18 years as a single expert in the family law  and child protection arena, Susan has a strong appreciation of the complexities associated with myriad personal and interpersonal challenges. She lectures in the psychology and counselling school at QUT, is a highly sought-after trainer and regularly contributes on Channel 9’s A Current Affair. She established LifeCare’s Children’s Supervised Contact Service seven years ago and it is now the largest private provider in Queensland.

Alienation, alignment, estrangement: Emotional abuse or complicated grief?

Her Honour Judge Anne Demack | Federal Circuit Court of Australia
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Judge Demack was appointed as a Federal Magistrate in 2008. The Court became the Federal Circuit Court in 2013. Judge Demack was formerly a barrister in private practice in Rockhampton. She holds degrees in law and in social work and had earlier worked as a social worker.
Judge Demack has a particular interest in parenting matters, child protection issues and parents being assisted with the resolution of their disputes.

Child support arrangements: Chasing the debt

Catherine Devine | Barrister, Victorian Bar
Bruce Dodd | Partner, Rice Naughton McCarthy; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Chair, Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee
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Bruce has practised almost exclusively in family law for over 20 years. He is also a member of both the Society’s Family Law Committee and Not Now, Not Ever Domestic Violence Working Group.

Bruce is a nationally accredited mediator and an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL).

A graduate of the University of Queensland in Arts and Law, Bruce was admitted as a solicitor in Brisbane, before practising for almost seven years in the United Kingdom; the last three as a partner. During his time in the United Kingdom, Bruce was appointed as a member of the Children’s Panel of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Bruce has presented papers to the Society’s members on topics ranging from parenting plans to binding financial agreements, and regularly facilitates various continuing professional development events for the Society.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

The cost of experiencing vicarious trauma in family law: What family lawyers need to know

Crossing the streams: How to use the Corporations Act in a financial case

Tom FitzGerald | Family Consultant Social Worker, Tom FitzGerald Social Worker Pty Ltd

Tom has been a social worker for more than 20 years. From 2004 to 2009 he was a Family Consultant at the Family Court’s Brisbane Registry. Since then he has been in private practice in Brisbane specialising in family report assessments for proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court.

The ice apocalypse: Possible impacts on children living in an ice household

The Honourable Justice Colin Forrest | Family Court of Australia
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Justice Forrest was appointed as a judge of the Family Court of Australia, Brisbane Registry, on 1 February 2011.  He was more recently also appointed as a presidential member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Justice Forrest was Associate to Justice Michael Kirby, President of the NSW Court of Appeal in 1987 and solicitor in Brisbane general practice at Goss Downey Carne between 1988 and 1989.  He was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1990 and took silk in 2010.  After early years of general practice, he later specialised in family law.

During his time as a barrister, Justice Forrest served as a part-time member of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal, a part-time member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and a sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland from 2005 until 2011, the last year of which he served as president.  He was also the barrister representative on the Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee between 2006 and 2011

Parental responsibility: Let’s get it right

Brett Goodyer | Director, SV Partners
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Brett is a director of SV Partners Forensics and commenced his career as an information systems accountant in 1993. Building on his experience with roles in internal and information systems audit, fraud and digital forensic investigations, financial systems and general accounting, Brett focussed on forensic accounting from 2003. He has been involved in a broad range of forensic accounting assignments across a variety of industries including government instrumentalities and non-government organisations (NGOs), wine production, meat processing, health, financial services, telecommunications, insurance, not-for-profit, leisure and tourism, and retail.

His broad experience extends to business valuations, complex litigation support roles in family law matters and commercial disputes, personal injury economic loss calculations, fraud risk assessment and management and complex fraud investigation and prosecutions.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Q&A: How to read financials like a forensic accountant

Rebecca Harding | Barrister, Queensland Bar and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Rebecca is a barrister, mediator and accredited family law specialist based in Brisbane. In addition to her practice at the bar, Rebecca is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland committee and a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology lecturing in family law.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2008 and called to the bar in February 2014.

Child support arrangements: Chasing the debt

Do I file in Brisbane or Monaco? International issues in family law matters

Renea Hart | Senior Solicitor, Family and Elder Law Team, Caxton Legal Centre Inc
Brett Hartley | Legal Manager, Hartley Healy; Nationally Accredited Mediator; Qualified Arbitrator and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Brett is an accredited specialist in family law at Hartley Healy and has practised exclusively in family law since 1989. Brett is also a national accredited mediator and arbitrator. Brett has a particular interest in property issues in family law and has presented and published extensively on a wide variety of family law topics.

The dangers of “double dipping” in the s75(2) exercise

Jennifer Hetherington | Councillor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, Hetherington Family Law and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in family law. She is a nationally accredited mediator and experienced collaborative lawyer.

Jennifer currently serves as a councillor of Queensland Law Society and sits on the Society’s Specialist Accreditation Board, Governance Committee and Family Law Committee.  She is also a member of the Management Committee of Queensland Collaborative Law and sits on numerous subcommittees of the newly established Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals.

Jennifer has authored and presented papers and workshops in Australia and internationally for the Society, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Legalwise, LexisNexis, Continuing Professional Development, Education CPE, Paraplanning, Caxton Legal Centre, Women’s Financial Network and Women’s Legal Service.

In her spare time Jennifer is the volunteer chair of the board of Mummy’s Wish Inc.; a national charity helping families when mum is undergoing cancer treatment.

This matter is driving me crazy!

The dangers of “double dipping” in the s75(2) exercise

De facto relationships 101

Tedd Jordan | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Tedd was called to the Bar in 2002, after having been admitted as a lawyer in 1989. His major areas of practice are alternative dispute resolution (arbitration/mediation/evaluation), appellate and family law. Tedd holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws (Adv).

The Pandora’s Box of ethical issues in family law

De facto relationships 101

Ian Kennedy AM | Senior Partner, Kennedy Partners
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Ian has an extensive and highly regarded national and international family law practice. He is a former President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Ian’s contributions to and standing in the Australian and international legal communities has been recognised by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia and receipt of the Law Council President’s Medal, the IAFL Medal, the LIV President’s Award and Life Membership of the Family Law Section. He presents extensively on family law issues throughout Australia and internationally.

Do I file in Brisbane or Monaco? International issues in family law matters

Angela Kerslake | Principal Child Protection Practitioner, Department of Communities (Child Safety and Disability Services)
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Angela holds Bachelor degrees in Social Work and Arts (Criminology and Criminal Justice).

For the past 15 years, she has worked for the Department of Communities (Child Safety and Disability Services) in the Ipswich and Logan communities; focusing on intake and investigation, and assessment work.

Angela was Child Safety Investigation and Assessment Team Leader and Regional Intake Service Team Leader for four years, and has worked as Principal Child Protection Practitioner for the past three. In this role, Angela supports secondary services to assess and respond to high-risk families on the edge of statutory child protection intervention.

Protecting children from harm – assessing allegations of harm and assertions of risk of harm

Madonna King | Journalist, ABC Radio and Author “Ian Frazer: The Man That Saved a Million Lives”
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Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and authors. A weekly columnist with Brisbane Times, she has 25 years experience across newspapers, television and as the voice of 612 ABC Brisbane’s current affairs program. A sought-after facilitator, MC and speaker, Madonna is the author of seven books including the biographies of Professor Ian Frazer and former Treasurer Joe Hockey. Her latest book, Being 14, looks at teen girls and how parents might navigate that tricky age of 14.

Keynote: Q&A with the Chief Justice

Su-Lyn Lee | Social Worker, Family and Elder Law Team, Caxton Legal Centre Inc
Naomi Lewis | Director and Principal Solicitor, Lewis and Trovas Family Lawyers
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Naomi Lewis leads the legal services at Lewis & Trovas Family Lawyers as the firm’s legal director and principal solicitor. Naomi co-founded Lewis & Trovas Family Lawyers in March 2017, alongside business director Dennis Trovas.

Naomi has been in family law for approximately four years, and for seven years prior to that worked as an economist and financial consultant in an international consulting firm.

Naomi is passionate about building and fostering connections with associated professionals, particularly in the financial advisory space, to ensure that her firm is positioned to offer a fully integrated and holistic solution-focused response to her clients’ family law needs.

Naomi currently sits as the Early Career Representative on the Board of the Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA) and on the Steering Committee for the Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network.

Alienation, alignment, estrangement: Emotional abuse or complicated grief?

Q&A: How to read financials like a forensic accountant

James Linklater-Steele | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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James is a barrister in private practice in Brisbane. Prior to coming to the Bar, James worked in a small firm in the litigation section. He commenced practice at the private Bar in 1993 and for the first seven years of practice had a general practice appearing in a variety of state and federal courts and tribunals.

Over the last 14 years, James’ practice has evolved into a family law practice with adjunct appearances in the domestic violence jurisdiction and the de facto jurisdiction in the state courts. He holds the record presently for the longest children’s trial in Queensland, a Majellan matter which lasted fifty days.

He has presented several papers for Lexis Nexis on a variety of topics. He is a regular trainer in advocacy workshops particularly in relation to cross-examination, such as Justice Murphy’s “Barristers and Psychiatrists” – a two-day advocacy workshop.

James has presented a number of seminars on witness preparation and in conjunction with the women’s legal service, currently provides training on giving evidence to a variety of community support and government counselling organisations.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Philip Looney QC | Barrister, Queensland Bar
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Philip came to the bar in 1996 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2012. His practice includes the areas of commercial, insolvency, family property and taxation law. Prior to coming to the bar, Philip had a 14-year career as a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience both in Australia and overseas. He worked mainly in the insolvency, corporate and forensic accounting areas, having held various positions at a senior level. His accounting career took him from Brisbane to Sydney, London and Hong Kong working mainly for KPMG or its predecessor firms.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Crossing the streams: When the Corporations Act intersects with a financial case

Robert Mackay | Legal Risk Solicitor, Lexon Insurance
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Robert plays an active role in the development of risk management tools and is heavily involved in the effective management of services offered to the legal professional, including a testing program focused on high-value claim areas.

Robert was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and predominantly focused on commercial and property law. He has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts and is often asked to present to Queensland firms on risk management.

Certificates of legal advice: The risk of rogue clients

Chris Minnery | Barrister, Queensland Bar

Chris has 15 years experience in criminal law.  He was admitted in 2002 and worked for the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for more than eleven years including for more than seven years as a Crown Prosecutor, running criminal trials almost daily.   Chris’ work as a prosecutor focused increasingly on complex cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse, domestic abuse, serious drug and weapons offences, murder, manslaughter and attempted murder and complex fraud and property offending.  He had involvement with training police and forensic health professionals, including assistance with post-graduate training for forensic scientists.  Chris completed a Bachelor of Applied Science along with his Bachelor of Laws, and has used that background in DNA and forensic science to assist with training and procedures within the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Health, and in complex trials involving DNA evidence.

In 2012 Chris worked for a year on secondment as counsel assisting within the Office of the State Coroner, specialising in complex or sensitive inquests and death investigations.  During that time he appeared as counsel assisting in multiple large and complex inquests, including those involving medical negligence, police and corrective services operations and procedure, search and rescue methodology, medical, ambulance and emergency mental health responses, forensic crash investigation and workplace health and safety investigation.

Chris is now a barrister in private practice specialising in family law, child protection, domestic violence proceedings, inquests and tribunals and complex and protracted criminal law litigation.  He has recently secured convictions of contempt and contravention following a three day trial in the Family Court of Australia and often appears in Magellan matters or other matters involving allegations of abuse or violence, including as Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Crossing the streams: When criminal law meets family law

Tania E Murdock | Behavioural Scientist (Family Conflict), Dispute Management Australia
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Tania Murdock is a Behavioural Science Consultant with over 21 years experience in conflict and dispute management. Tania provides assistance and coaching to professionals who are exposed to high levels of chronic stress, conflict and trauma within their work environments. Tania is an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitoner and Mediator, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Science at Monash University in 2006. She has a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, and is trained in Inter-Disciplinary Collaborative Law. Tania has specialist training in workplace conflict with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Dispute Resolution Branch.

The cost of experiencing vicarious trauma in family law: What family lawyers need to know

Stephen Page | Partner, Harrington Family Lawyers and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Admitted in 1987, Stephen decided to specialise in family law in 1988, taking on his first surrogacy client in 1988.

Stephen has acted for surrogacy clients throughout Australia and overseas. He has spoken extensively about surrogacy issues and was present at the passing of the Surrogacy Act 2010.

He is also the author of the Australian Surrogacy and Adoption Blog.

Who’s ya daddy?

Clarissa Rayward | Director, Brisbane Family Law Centre and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Clarissa is the director of Brisbane Family Law Centre. She is a strong advocate for collaborative practice and mediation, and regularly undertakes work in these areas. She is an accredited specialist in family law and president of the Family Law Practitioners Association (Qld).

Clarissa also regularly appears as an independent children’s lawyer and separate representative in the Family Law Courts and Children’s Courts, representing children in complex proceedings.

Clarissa is also the author of the “Happy Family Lawyer” blog, the book “Splitsville – How to separate, stay out of Court and stay friends”.

In response to the rising rates of unhappiness and psychological distress in lawyers, in 2016 Clarissa launched the podcast “Happy Lawyer Happy Life” along with her book of the same name with the aim of encouraging lawyers to be happy in their chosen career.

The Pandora’s Box of ethical issues in family law

Erylin Rees | Acting Regional Coordinator, Child Dispute Services Brisbane Registry Queensland
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Erylin Rees has more than 25 years’ experience as a social worker working with families involved in family law disputes. She has worked in the private sector as a family report writer and mediator as well as for Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) preparing reports for independent children’s lawyers and chairing LAQ family law conferences.

Over the past several years, Erylin has been employed by the Brisbane Registry in Child Dispute Services as a family consultant. Erylin is currently the acting regional coordinator for Child Dispute Services.

The art and process of a family report assessment
THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Anne-Marie Rice | Director, Rice Naughton McCarthy and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Anne-Marie is a director of Rice Naughton McCarthy in Brisbane and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations and Dispute Resolution. She has worked exclusively in the area of family law since 1998 and is an accredited specialist in family law. Anne-Marie has developed expertise in all aspects of de facto and matrimonial disputes and has a particular interest in complex parenting cases. She is a nationally accredited mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner.

For the last 15 years Anne-Marie has been a regular presenter at local, national and international conferences on a variety of topics and, as well as publishing regularly in local legal and mediation journals, is a consultant author to CCH’s loose leaf service and Master Family Law Guide. She is the Family Law lecturer and subject co-ordinator at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the excellence in teaching award and currently trains practitioners in Arbitration and Collaborative practice around the country.

The 2017 Doyle’s Guide to the legal profession recognised Anne-Marie as one of Queensland’s “pre-eminent” mediators and one of Queensland and Australia’s best family lawyers.

This matter Is driving me crazy!

Jenny Rimmer | Principal, Jenny Rimmer Mediations

Jenny was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 22 November 1982 after completing her Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice. Jenny is also a solicitor of the High Court of Australia, a nationally accredited mediator, an approved family dispute resolution provider under the Family Law Regulations and completed the training for arbitration provided by the Law Council of Australia.

She has practiced extensively in family law since 1982.

THE GREAT DEBATE: ‘I have the most important job in the family law system!’

Dan Rogers | Legal Director, Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) – Qld
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Since 2005, Dan has focused his career on criminal law. He has a long association with Caxton Community Legal Centre where he is currently the secretary, and he regularly presents at criminal law seminars and as a guest lecturer at the university level.

He has been published in various law journals and legal texts.

In 2016, Dan was heavily involved in the campaign for a human rights Act in Queensland. He is the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Human Rights Working Group and a member of the Society’s Ethics Committee.

Dan also blogs about criminal law and social justice issues.

Crossing the streams: When criminal law meets family law

Alison Ross | Partner, HopgoodGanim; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Chair, Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee
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Alison is a partner in HopgoodGanim’s family law practice and has worked exclusively in family law since 1996. Alison specialises in complex property matters and other financial matters arising from relationship breakdowns and has extensive experience in both matrimonial and de facto relationship law.

She is also experienced in dealing with international family law matters including international financial matters and international issues relating to children. Alison is chair of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee and a member of the Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development Committee.

Certificates of legal advice: The risk of rogue clients

Who’s ya daddy?

Parental responsibility: Let’s get it right

Michele Sheehan | Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society; Principal, enTrust Law; Principal, Sheehan & Co; Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld and Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
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Michele is the principal of two law firms: the first based in Brisbane, and the second in rural Chinchilla.

She has practised as a solicitor since mid-1988. At present, Michele is the only solicitor in Queensland who holds two specialist accreditations.

Michele is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Succession Law Committee and provides guidance to practitioners on professional and ethical issues as a part of the Society’s Senior Counsellor program.

Crossing the streams: When the Grim Reaper intervenes in family law

Stafford Shepherd | Director, QLS Ethics Centre, Queensland Law Society
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Stafford was admitted as a solicitor in 1987.  Between 1998 and 2003, he practised in partnership and subsequently as a sole practitioner. Between 2003 and 2008 Stafford worked as a consultant. In 2008, Stafford joined Queensland Law Society as an Ethics Guidance Officer and was subsequently appointed as Senior Ethics Solicitor in 2011. On 14 December 2015 Stafford was appointed director, Ethics Centre Queensland Law Society (QLS Ethics Centre). As director, he manages the QLS Ethics Centre.

The QLS Ethics Centre is responsible for providing ethical and practice support guidance to the profession, delivering legal ethics learning and professional development to members, university students and students undertaking practical legal training.

He serves as secretary to the Society’s Ethics Committee and executive editor of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners. Stafford has written extensively on legal ethics.

Stafford’s areas of interest are conveyancing, trusts and succession law and equitable doctrines underpinning legal ethics. Stafford is a tutor at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate) from the University of Queensland, a postgraduate certificate in arbitration and mediation from the University of Adelaide. Stafford is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

The Pandora’s Box of ethical issues in family law

Greg Shoebridge | Barrister, Queensland Bar

Greg has been a barrister based in Brisbane since 2008.

Prior to that he was a solicitor, and one half of the Simonidis Shoebridge partnership.

As a solicitor he was an accredited specialist in family law.  He has Bachelor degrees in law and accountancy, and a Masters degree in law.

He has been a member of the Family Law Committee and Access to Justice Committee of the Qld Law Society, and is currently a member of the Family Law Committtee of the Qld Bar Association. He has served in the past as a member of the FLPA executive.

He has been an editor of the journal Family Lawyer, as well as an editor of the Family Law section of the journal Qld Lawyer.

His practice incorporates all aspects of family law, and he is regularly engaged to mediate family law disputes.  He is also a qualified arbitrator.

What to do when things go wrong in the witness box

Christine Smyth | President, Queensland Law Society; Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors and Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) – Qld
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Christine Smyth is president of the Queensland Law Society, an Accredited Specialist – Succession Law and Partner at Robbins Watson Solicitors, a highly respected Gold Coast law firm where she leads a team of 30+.

With a legal career spanning over 25 years, Christine is a passionate advocate for solicitors (with a focus on their welfare), a long-standing mentor, utiliser of technology and flexible work practices – all while honouring tradition and experience to achieve ethically grounded business viability.

Christine’s QLS leadership contributions include:

  • Member of the QLS Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee and QLS Council
  • Member of Proctor and Symposium planning committees
  • Inaugural Chair of the Corporate Governance committee
  • Past member of the Succession Law Committee.

Other previous leadership positions include STEP (QLD) committee and General Editor for Lexis Nexis Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin.

A highly regarded succession law expert, Christine is widely published, having a regular Succession Law column in Proctor, Australian Institute of Taxation Journal and various publications in STEP World Wide Journal. Christine’s expertise is sought after as a presenter for QLS conferences, and other industry bodies.

In 2013, LexisNexis recognised Christine as one of their Top 10 Influential Women. Christine’s leadership has resulted in her being nominated for the Queensland Law Society President’s Medal. In 2015 and 2016, Christine was awarded the prestigious Doyle’s Guide of Queensland’s Leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyer.

In November 2016, Christine was one of only five people appointed to the Queensland State Government’s Better Regulation Task Force. The Task Force has been established as a sub-committee of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council (QSBAC) and will continue the work of the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council.

Christine believes professionalism hinges on integrity and collegiality. She will build upon the good work and advocacy commenced by Immediate Past President Bill Potts to ensure QLS cements its position as the peak professional body for Queensland solicitors.

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QLS President welcome remarks

Welcome drinks hosted by the QLS President

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Closing remarks

James Steel | Vice President, Family Law Practitioners Association (Qld); Partner, Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers; Accredited Specialist (Family Law) and Member, Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee

James is a Partner at Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers and an accredited specialist in family law.

He has extensive experience advising both married and de facto clients in complex property cases, including matters involving a large number of corporate entities and trusts. He also assists clients in parenting disputes, spouse maintenance and child support matters.

James is the vice president of the Family Law Practitioners Association (Qld) and sits on the Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.

Certificates of legal advice: The risk of rogue clients

Lucia Taylor | Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society and Senior Associate, Purcell Taylor Lawyers
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Lucia Taylor has more than 30 years experience in family law both in practise and as a senior case officer with child support agency for 18 years.

Lucia advises clients in complex property disputes offering advice in restructuring and often works collaboratively with financial advisors and accountants. In 2016, Lucia was appointed senior counsellor with the Queensland Law Society and has assisted practitioners with ethical and other practical issues.

The Pandora’s Box of ethical issues in family law

Judge Leanne Turner | Federal Circuit Court of Australia
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Leanne Turner was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and spent many years in private practice before joining Legal Aid Queensland in the 1990’s where she ran the Ipswich office. After returning to private practice, Leanne became an accredited family law specialist and independent children’s lawyer in 2003. In 2005, Leanne became a Registrar of the Famly Court and over time served as Coordinating Registrar, Magellan Registrar and Appeals Registrar for the Court. In 2010, Leanne was appointed Federal Magistrate for Darwin and since 2014 has been sitting as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Brisbane.

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Sue Waterman | Family Consultant Social Worker, Sue Waterman Social Worker Pty Ltd

Sue Waterman is an accredited social worker, graduating from UNSW Sydney in 1988. She has worked in private practice for almost 20 years specialising in family law matters, counselling, mediation and preparing family reports for the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court.

Protecting children from harm – assessing allegations of harm and assertions of risk of harm

Darren Withers | Director, Elston Private Wealth
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Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the financial planning industry. He had advisory roles at two national organisations before becoming one of the founders of Elston in 2008.  He provides advice to small business owners. Professionals and self-funded retirees, with a particular focus on superannuation and self-managed super funds. Darren is a certified financial planner, a specialist self-managed super fund advisor and has a bachelor of commerce from James Cook University.

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