Catherine Gale

Orion House
Melbourne, Victoria 03000
Office Phone: +61 3 9620 0088
Member since 2005
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

Cathy is an experienced lawyer, mediator with more than 35 years of practice. She has authored 2 books on Family law in Australia and is a Government Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Cathy has trained lawyers and allied professionals in Collaborative Practice around Australia as well as in Singapore and Hong Kong. She is a former President of her State Bar and in 2012 she was President of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian equivalent of the American Bar Association.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Admitted to practice as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, March 1977 ~ ~Law Institute of Victoria & National Mediator Accreditation Scheme Accredited Lawyer ~ ~Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner ~ ~fellow Australian Institute Company Directors

Professional Activities

Executive Member, Law Council of Australia (LCA) ~Chair of the Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Committee, LCA ~Member of the National Harmonisation of Laws Committee, LCA ~Member of the Equal Opportunity Briefing Policy Committee, LCA ~Chair Collaborative Practice Committee, LCA ~Council Member, Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) ~Chair Collaborative Practice Committee, LIV ~Member Corporate Governance Committee, LIV ~Member Audit and Finance Committee, LIV ~Executive Director, LIV, 2003-2007 ~Board Member, Victoria Law Foundation Community Legal Education (VLF) ~Member Executive Services Group, VLF ~Director, College of Law Victoria (Professional Legal Training Organisation) ~President of the Law Institute of Victoria, 2006

Undergraduate Education

Bachelor of Law, The University of Melbourne, 1975


In 1983 and 1986 when the current family law legislation was still relatively new in Australia, I authored two books, the first entitled 'Divorce an Australian Woman's Guide' and the sequel 'Divorce an Australian Men's Guide'. These books were written in plain English as simple guides for the community to assist them to decipher the significant changes affecting families going through a separation and divorce process as a result of the new legislation.