– Collaborative practice and family breakdowns

David Roberts, Jackie Jones and Nigel Nicholls
3.30 in Wilarra

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This presentation will be on the origins and development of collaborative practice from the USA to a world wide movement in this form of ADR in family breakdowns. The development of a multi-disciplinary model will also be charted, in which teams of practitioners from different specialties (legal, mental health and financial) support and assist parties in making decisions about the future of the family and their personal futures after separation in an environment which enables them to maintain control of the content of discussions and outcomes.

Get to know David, Jackie and Nigel
Roberts, DavidDavid Roberts is Senior Manager Post Separation Services at Relationships Australia New South Wales (RANSW). He developed and implemented the RANSW Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Program which was launched by Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland in 2009. Marilyn Scott from UTS Faculty of Law who is researching the project has described it as a “world first”. David continues to manage this program and work as a case manager/coach on cases.

He has a Post Graduate Diploma in counselling, has trained as a Child Consultant with Dr Jen McIntosh (Family Transitions & La Trobe University) and is an accredited FDRP. He has presented on the program at two national Family Services Australia conferences.

Jones, JackieJackie Jones is a Collaborative Family Lawyer with more than 30 years experience in family law. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts which is an interdisciplinary association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.

Jackie is a board member of Collaborative Professionals NSW (CPNSW) and teaches Family Dispute Resolution to post graduate students and Family Law in the Practical Legal Training (PLT) program at the University of Technology Sydney.

Nicholls, NigelNigel Nicholls has been a solicitor since 1990, practicing almost exclusively in the area of family law. He is one of the few Australian family lawyers to have practiced in both England and Australia and is one of the first solicitors in Australia to use the collaborative practice model to resolve family law disputes.

Nigel is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Law Council. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and is on the Australia and South East Asia Committee of the IACP. He has previously taught family law and legal practice at the University of Technology Sydney.

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