Liz’s goal as a mediator is to help people hear and understand each other’s perspectives in ways they haven’t achieved before. Good agreements become possible from that foundation.
Liz’s understanding of the legal and emotional complexities of decision-making for separated families is drawn from more than 20 years experience in the family law system. She knows that no two families are the same and that one size certainly doesn’t fit all when it comes to resolving conflict. The breadth of her professional experience enables her to design the right approach for each family.
Alternative dispute resolution has been Liz’s primary professional focus since 2016. She conducts online mediations and conciliations as a Sessional Registrar of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court and as a member of Legal Aid ACT’s Family Dispute Resolution Convenor’s panel. She also worked for three years as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in Canberra’s Family Relationship Centre.
Before entering the mediation field Liz worked as a family lawyer for ten years and as a legal academic for nine years. As a family lawyer Liz advised and represented clients in all the main areas of family law. These included children’s cases, property settlement, child support and protection order proceedings. She also assisted clients with adoptions, surrogacy agreements and donor-conception parenting agreements. As a lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU) Liz taught family law to both undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as clinical legal education and legal ethics courses. A primary focus in her teaching was equipping students for the emotional dimension of family law work. Liz has also engaged with the family law system as a policy and legal officer in the Commonwealth Public Service and as a lobbyist, advocating for legal protections for families from the LGBTIQ community.
Liz holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Law (with Honours) and Graduate Diplomas in Legal Practice and Family Dispute Resolution. She is an NMAS accredited mediator and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). Liz is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attends conferences and training.