FDR for property dispute

PDG event | NSW | 7 February 2019 | Accessible to members only


The ALRC Family Law Review Discussion paper released on 2 October 2018 proposes that “The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) should be amended to require parties to attempt family dispute resolution prior to lodging a court application for property and financial matters”.The discussion paper further records, “In 2014, the Productivity Commission’s Access to Justice report identified a ‘missing middle’ in terms of cost effective avenues for property and financial arrangements after separation”.

This event looked at how two FDRPs have evolved their practice from law to FDR to now work successfully in the ‘missing middle’ resolving property disputes.

The Sydney Family professional development group welcomed special guests, Peter Law and Lucinda Aboud who took a case study approach to highlight:

  • strengths and challenges in working with parties and/or their lawyers
  • common traps
  • creative option generation between parties
  • finalising agreements


About Presenters

Peter Law LLB

Peter Law has more than 20 years experience working as a lawyer in jurisdictions including family law, civil law and criminal law. Peter was appointed Resident Magistrate of Nauru where he worked for three and a half years developing the Justice system to ensure a strong and independently operated District and Supreme Court. Peter conducted the Family Court along with civil and criminal matters. He established mediation on the Island and arranged for training of local mediators and court staff.Since 2015, he has specialised as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, maintaining a private practice in Sydney and working with non-government organisations including Relationships Australia in Canberra.

Lucinda Aboud LLM

Lucinda has worked predominantly in Family Law since her admission as a Solicitor in 1981. She worked at Pearson Emerson Meyer Family Law from 2009 to 2015. During her time there she specialised in complex property matters but also gained experience in matters regarding children including relocation and with whom a child should live. She is an accredited Family Law Specialist and Mediator and was appointed to the Law Society’s Mediation Panel in 2014. She is also a FDRP and a member of the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Committee. She primarily undertakes legally assisted property mediations. Lucinda is also a volunteer at the Women’s Legal Service.

Tags: FDR, Mediation, Legal practice