Resolution of family law property disputes
27 April 2017
Expectations and opportunities to keep clients away from the courts
Thursday, 27 April
Most married or de facto couples acquire assets and liabilities during their relationship. Finalising arrangements for property can be complex, expensive and time consuming.
Join your Family Special Interest Group and our guest speaker Justice Robert McClelland to consider some of the issues in property dispute resolution including:
- Pre-trial obligation to make a genuine effort to resolve dispute before starting a case
- Requirement to attempt conciliation before a property matter is set down for hearing
- Operation of Chapter 26B of the Family Law Rules concerning arbitration
Learn about expectations and opportunities to keep clients away from the courts and better assist in resolving these types of disputes.
About Justice Robert McClelland
Justice McClelland was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia in June 2015 and has practised as a solicitor and barrister. He was elected to Federal Parliament in 1996 and served as Commonwealth Attorney General between 2007 and 2011.
As Attorney General he introduced measures to encourage DR including the Civil Dispute Resolution Act which requires parties to take genuine steps to resolve a dispute before commencing litigation in the Federal or the Federal Circuit Court. He also updated the International Arbitration Amendment Act 2010 and oversaw the implementation of the Model Commercial Arbitration Laws to align State and Territory arbitration laws in accordance with international best practice.
Justice McClelland has a BA LLB from the UNSW and an LLM from the University of Sydney. After being admitted to practice in 1982, he commenced working as an associate to Evatt J in the Federal Court of Australia.