Adelaide Collaborative Practice Group
Profession(s)Lawyer, Solicitor, Mediator
Bev was admitted as a practitioner in 1987 having graduated from Adelaide University. She has been a member of the Law Society of South Australia since 1988 and is also a member of the Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. She is former Chair of the Collaborative Committee of the Law Society of South Australia, a former member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society of South Australia Australia and is active in promoting Collaborative practice in South Australia.
Bev is an experienced Family lawyer and a nationally accredited Mediator.
Bev is a regular speaker on Collaborative practice including presentations to the public, law students, law graduates, social work students, accountants. Bev has presented on Collaborative practice overseas and locally.
Bev is committed to achieving the best possible results for her clients. She understands the importance of exploring opportunities to achieve a durable and respectful resolution of matters, with the least damage and cost to the family.
As a mother of two boys Bev understands the importance of putting the children's interests first and has a particular interest in promoting the interests of children in Family Law.
Bev has completed basic and advanced training in Collaborative Law and is very excited about the prospect of developing an exclusive collaborative practice particularly in relation to the conduct of Family Law matters in such a way that maximises the opportunity for settlement without going to Court. She is one of the first two practitioners in South Australia to be trained in collaborative practice and to be conducting collaborative cases. She is now a trainer regularly conducting training in the Mulitdisciplinary model of Collaborative practice.
Bev has a strong committment to a team model of Collaborative practice.
Professional ActivitiesMember of Law Society SA ~Pratitioner Member of LEADR Association of Dispute resolvers ~Member of International Academy of Collaborative Practice since 2007 ~Former Chair and member of Collaborative Practice Committee of Law Society of South Australia ~Member of Adelaide Collaborative Practice Group ~Member of Australian Association of Collaborative professionals ~Member of Family Law section of Law Council of Australia ~Nationally Accredited Mediator
Adelaide University LLB 1987
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice South Australian Institute Technology 1988
Mediation training Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre 2003
Restorative Justice training Centre for Restorative Justice 2007
CommentsCollaborative Law is very new to South Australia. I attended training with Pauline Tessler in 2007 in Sydney along with my business partner Charlie Belperio, as we had recognised how valuable Collaborative law is to those wanting to resolve conflict in a more respectful and less destructive way, than traditional adversarial process. We had both become frustrated with the Court process and the damage it did both financially and personally to those involved in that process. We have both been actively promoting Collaborative Law in South Australia, and persuaded our Law society to establish a committee which we are members of. I am one of the first 2 lawyers in South Australia to be conducting collaborative cases, and look forward to this movement becoming more widely established among our local practitioners.