I was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975 and practised as a barrister from 1975 to 1980, and again from 1986 until the present.
Between 1980 and 1986 I was a partner in a solicitors’ firm in Brisbane and specialised in family law.
I have been an advocate for mediation and alternative dispute resolution throughout my career. I was selected by the Family Law Council as a member of its subcommittees which prepared reports on Arbitration and Mediation in Family Law. These reports were adopted by Government and formed the basis for amendments to the Family Law Act to incorporate both arbitration and mediation as alternatives to litigation.
I was a founding member and former chair of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.
I was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Council of Australia. That Committee was incorporated into the Federal Litigation Section of the Law Council and I am now a member of the Federal Litigation Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
I was appointed a member of the inaugural National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Queensland Family Law Practitioners’ Association.
Between 2008 and 2015 I was a part time lecturer at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course in Family Law. I am an accredited Independent Children’s Lawyer in Tasmania and one of the counsel approved to represent Independent Children’s Lawyers in New South Wales.
In 2015 I was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
In 2016 I received the Law Society of Tasmania’s Lawyer of the Year award for service to the profession for my work in Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
I now practise as a barrister, a Family Law Arbitrator, a mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. I also mediate in Victoria.
I enjoy working in rural and regional areas and invite enquiries from solicitors outside of the capital cities.