Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
Toowong, Queensland 4066
Profession(s)Lawyer, Solicitor, Mediator
Anne-Marie has a genuine passion for, and commitment to, dispute resolution. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 and has practiced primarily in Family Law. She works primarily as a mediator and collaborative lawyer and has trained hundreds of practitioners in the key elements of Collaborative Practice. She is regarded as one of the best in her field and is highly regarded by her colleagues, the judiciary and those in academia. Anne-Marie regularly presents on Dispute Resolution topics at National and International Conferences. She is an accredited Family Law Specialist, a Nationally Accredited mediator, a Registered Arbitrator and the Queensland Solicitor representative on the Law Council of Australia’s Family Law Section – the peak representative body for family lawyers in Australia.
Anne-Marie is committed to Collaborative practice, and since being trained in 2006, has actively applied this method of dispute resolution ever since. She is a leader in the local collaborative community and, with a strong interest in teaching, is the Family Law course coordinator and lecturer at the University of Queensland where she has been nominated for the Excellence in Teaching award.
Over the past 15 years Anne-Marie has regularly presented papers and participated in media coverage on a wide range of family law topics and has been a contributing author to the CCH loose leaf service and Master Family Law Guide for many years. She is also
currently a contributing editor (Alternate Dispute Resolution) to the Australian Family Law Review and her professional standing has seen her represent the profession in discussions with the Courts and other associated organisations, including in relation to Collaborative Practice.
Whilst a young Associate with one of Queensland’s largest law firms, her commitment to both the challenges of practice and the application of the law saw her invited to address conferences of far more senior practitioners, sharing the speakers’ podium with local and international Judges - a sign of the respect the profession held for Anne-Marie even then, and which has continued and deepened as she has matured in her practice.
Her commitment to provide a service to clients in challenging times is hallmarked by her genuine understanding of interpersonal issues, clear communication and advice, and a focus on practical and meaningful outcomes.
Those who need the services of a family lawyer usually hear Anne-Marie named high on the list as a ‘go to’ lawyer, not merely because of her legal skills, but because of her accessible and sensitive approach to the complex, emotionally difficult issues confronting Australians in this difficult time of life - many of whom are caring parents with very real practical and legal concerns.
Anne-Marie understands that timeliness along with practical, lasting, and cost-effective solutions must be high on the agenda.
Professional ActivitiesExecutive Member - Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section) Member - Queensland Collaborative Law Member - Family Law Practitioners' Association of Queensland Family Law Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator - University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) University of Queensland, 1997
Bachelor of Arts (English/Communications) University of Queensland, 1995
Specialist Accreditation (Family Law) - Queensland Law Society
Nationally Accredited Mediator
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
Introductory Collaborative Practice Training
Intermediate Collaborative Practice Training
Module specific training
Marketing Collaborative Practice in new and emergeing communities - IACP Forum - Washington DC - October 2015
Introductory Collaborative Training - Brisbane - 13 and 14 November 2015
Webinar Series - First Interviews, Engaging the Other Party, Marketing Your Collaborative Practice 2105 and ongoing
Introductory Collaborative Training
Intermediate Collaborative Training
Module specific training