QLD Chapter event: Opportunities for DR in family law
25 May 2017
The debilitating delays in the Family Court system have changed the face of family law practice. For some practitioners, it has been a question of developing skills to navigate a court system which is slow and arduous and for others it has been an opportunity to develop new skills and to find ways to resolve matters outside of the court system.
“Interests based negotiation” has long been a guiding principle for mediators and, in more recent years, collaborative professionals have embraced this approach as a means of unlocking disputes and finding sustainable compromises for clients.
Now, arbitration is experiencing an increased uptake in family law. Changes to the Family Law Rules in 2016 have made certain aspects of arbitrations, such as gathering essential information by way of subpoena, more straightforward. Understanding this form of DR enables practitioners to confidently embrace the various methods of dispute resolution at our disposal.
Join your Chapter for this interactive seminar led by our guest - experienced DR practitioner Anne-Marie Rice - who will discuss the key elements of arbitration and other DR methods in a way that will invite practitioners to challenge the way they approach family law matters and critically consider how each of the various DR processes can benefit particular clients.
About Anne-Marie Rice
Anne-Marie is a director of Rice Naughton McCarthy Family Lawyers and the principal mediator at Rice Mediations. She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Anne-Marie has extensive experience in all aspects of family law and has been routinely nominated by her peers as a Leading Family Lawyer (Doyle’s Guide). In 2017 Anne-Marie was also awarded by Doyle's "Pre-eminent Family Law Mediator" in Queensland and one of Australia’s best family lawyers.
Anne-Marie holds, and has held, executive positions on Queensland and Australia’s leading professional bodies including the Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Since 2002, she has been regularly invited to present papers on diverse family law and mediation related topics at local, intra-state and national conferences, including having twice been invited to present papers at the highly regarded Family Law Section National Family Law Conference. She trains practitioners nationally in the essential elements of Arbitration and Collaborative Practice and is the subject co-ordinator and lecturer of the Family Law Course at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the University’s Excellence in Teaching awards.
Anne-Marie has also written for professional and academic publications about technical and DR topics.