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 extensive and varied experience in the family law system.
The first 10 years of her professional career were spent in practice as a family lawyer. She 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.
In 2016 Liz shifted her professional focus to mediation. Liz provides mediation services in her private practice, in the community sector and through Legal Aid. She combines her work as a mediator with part-time employment as a lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU). She has 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 has been 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.