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Webinar | What does it mean for ADR practice? Findings and recommendations of the Inquiry into the Family Law System (AU)

with with Judge Joe Harman, Kylie Beckhouse and David Roberts

Tuesday 22 October 2019 | Online

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (AEST)

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What does it mean for ADR practice? Findings and recommendations of the Inquiry into the Family Law System (AU)

Judge Joe Harman, Kylie Beckhouse (Legal Aid) and David Roberts (Relationships Australia) will share their thoughts about the findings and recommendations from the Inquiry into the Family Law System and discuss what it might mean for ADR practice and practitioners.

Questions arise about the current use of ADR ‘in light’ of recommendations to expand the requirement to engage with ADR with an overarching purpose of efficiency. How far do the recommendations go towards protecting the needs of children, their safety and their voices being heard within a non-adversarial process? How will existing difficulties with aggressive adversarialism and non-compliance with obligations such as attendance at FDR and disclosure be addressed? In short, will an overarching purpose herald a new embrace of ADR and settlement culture?

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About the speakers

Anna Quinn

Judge Joe Harman

Judge Harman was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in June 2010.

Prior to joining the Court, Judge Harman had, for over 25 years, worked in private practice as a lawyer and as a mediator/FDRP in private and community (FRC) practice. Judge Harman has also lectured in family law at the University of Western Sydney and presently lectures at Sydney University.

Judge Harman received a NSW Premier’s Stop Domestic Violence award in 2005, was a finalist for the National Children’s Lawyer of the Year Award in 2010, a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2013 and in 2015 received a Resolution Institute award for promotion of excellence in dispute resolution. Judge Harman is presently enrolled in the PhD program at Bond University researching the impact of confidentiality upon obtaining and presenting evidence of family violence.

Outside of practice, for many years Judge Harman was involved in community radio presenting programs on legal issues as well as a long running children’s program “Dream Time.

Anna Quinn

Kylie Beckhouse

Kylie is the Director of Family Law at Legal Aid NSW managing all family law, child protection, family violence and dispute resolution services. Kylie has practiced in family lawyer for 25 years and is both an accredited specialist in family law and an independent children's lawyer. In 2014 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship on the administration of child legal representation schemes internationally – her recommendations referenced in the ALRC Issues Paper. She recently led the establishment of Family Advocacy and Support Services in family law court registries across Australia. In 2017 she was recognised as the NSW Women’s Lawyer of the Year. She is a member of a range of state and national bodies including the National Family Law Court’s Children’s committee and the Law Society Family Law committee and served on the Family Law Council of Australia from 2011 – 2016.

Anna Quinn

David Roberts

David is Practice Specialist in the division of Practice Quality and Innovation at Relationships Australia NSW. In 2007 he established the North Ryde Family Relationships Centre one of the first of 65 Family Relationship Centres around Australia after the Family Law reforms of 2006. He manages Relationships Australia’s the Family Advocacy Support Service for men with Domestic Violence in the court cases and the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice program which he started in 2009.

David became an accredited mediator with the Attorney General’s Department in 2007 and is also a child consultant trained by Dr Jen McIntosh and occasional lecturer at UTS in the Faculty of Law.

He is member of the Resolution Institute, a Board member of Collaborative Professionals NSW a Board member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals.

David holds a Master of Dispute Resolution MDR from UTS, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Institute of Counselling and a BA, Sociology, Education and Anthropology (Sydney University).

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