The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has issued ninety-nine recommendations that are significant to survivors of abuse, responsible institutions, and lawyers advising both groups. Click here for my article in the NSW Law Society Journal explaining the recommendations.  My article draws on my experience of working with institutional abuse as a facilitator of restorative engagement conferences for the Defence Assault Response Taskforce. The Royal Commission’s recommendations include: Personal meetings to allow child sexual abuse survivors a direct personal response from representatives of responsible institutions. These are similar to the conferences I facilitate between senior defence personnel and members of the military who have been abused during their service.  Such meetings need to be carefully structured to avoid them perpetuating the original abuse. Counselling and psychological care. Monetary payments. The removal of limitations for civil claims and the imposition of a non-delegable duty on institutions for child abuse occurring within their care. On ...


LEADR-IAMA is one of the largest mediation organisations in Australasia with over 4000 members.  It holds a biannual Kongress which covers topics relevant not only to mediators, but also to lawyers and all professionals interested in negotiation and conflict resolution. In my presentation to this year's Kongress in Sydney, I shall explain how electronic communications such as email and text create misunderstandings and conflict.  I shall recommend ways in which professionals can assist others (and themselves) to avoid the traps of electronic communications that commonly arise in negotiations and dispute resolution. For a link to a short audio preview of my presentation (to be given on Monday 7 September 2015) as well as links to register - click here. I also spoke at the last Kongress in 2013 on lawyers at mediation.  For a link to my earlier paper click here.


My Article About Negotiating

Here is link to an article of mine published by The Conversation about negotiating and deciding who should make the first offer. The Conversation is a great news and current affairs website which publishes daily newsletters. All articles are written by academics and are research based.  I qualify as I lecture in Dispute Resolution Advocacy at the University of Technology Sydney - in addition to being a family lawyer and mediator. The Conversation initially began in Australia in 2011. Associated sites now also operate in the US and UK. I recommend subscribing to the daily email at


I thought you might find this video interesting -  It features English teenagers talking about the separation of their parents.  As a family mediator and lawyer, the video made me reflect on: Even though the interviews occur around 6 years after separation, some of the teenagers are still hoping their parents might get back together. The teenagers spend a lot of time and energy thinking and worrying about their parents and their separation. The parents gave little and conflicting information to their children about the separation - perhaps explaining the above two points. The separations could have been made easier for the children (and probably the parents) by greater communication between the parents and clearer explanations about what is to happen being given to the children.  Mediation is a great way for parents to decide how to do this. I have been referring my mediation and legal clients to the video. You ...