Jennifer Hetherington

7/7 O'Connell Terrace
Brisbane, Queensland 4006
Office Phone: (07) 3175 1464
Member since 2011
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Solicitor, Mediator

My family law experience spans over 20 years. My passion for finding out-of-court solutions for clients lead me to study towards a Master of Laws (Family Law Mediation) and I hold a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice.

Subsequently, I began to practice in Collaborative Practice, after realising the additional and unique benefits it offers to separating couples at what is often a traumatic time of their lives.

The skills I gained in my mediation training have equipped me to work within the "interest based negotiation" model of Collaborative Practice - in particular working with clients to understand what is truly important to them as they move forward with their lives.

I am committed to Collaborative Practice and have been a member of the committees of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals for many years.

I regularly attended training sessions (both nationally and internationally) in an effort to further my knowledge and continue to develop my skills in assisting clients to work towards a positive outcome for their family.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Financial, Mediation
License(s): ~Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland ~Solicitor of the High Court of Australia ~Accredited Specialist Family Law - Queensland Law Society ~Nationally Accredited Mediator ~Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner - Attorney-General's Department

Professional Activities

Past Board Member- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Secretary Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners Co-Chair IACP Australasian Taskforce Member IACP Website Content Development Committee Past Member of the IACP Practice Group Development Committee Past Member of the IACP Australian and South East Asian Committee Past Member of the IACP 2015 Institute Organising Committee Councillor Queensland Law Society Regularly presenter and chairperson of family law papers at seminars and conferences for lawyers and non-lawyers within Australia and internationally Commentator for Bench TV, ABC Radio and Southern Cross Austereo on topical family law issues

Undergraduate Education

Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland, 1997

Postgraduate Education

Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice, College of Law (2017)
Master of Laws (Family Mediation), La Trobe University (partially completed)

Professional Education

Accredited Specialist Family Law 2005 (Highest Graduate)

Every year I complete a minimum of 15 hours of Continuing Professional Education (including 10 hours of specialist family law content). This comprises a mix of attendance at conferences and speaking at legal conferences.

I attend the annual IACP educational events, as well as other specialist collaborative trainings as offered.

I was on the organising committee for the 2015 IACP Institute.


I am committed to the development of Collaborative Practice in Queensland and the further education of collaborative professionals. I particularly enjoy working with an Interdisciplinary team due to the benefits this brings for clients having input from neutral financial, family and child specialists. I am Secretary of the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners.