Family Law 2022: The hows and whys of collaborative family law

Family Law Conference 2022: The hows and whys of collaborative family law

The session will start with a reminder of how the collaborative process works, using the famous ‘orange analogy’, and will go on to cover the training and skills lawyers need to be able to practise in this field, what sorts of clients and matters are best suited to collaborative practise, and will give an overview of the family law collaborative contract.

Dr Juliet Behrens

Dr Juliet Behrens is a nationally-recognised expert in family law. Between 1991 and 2010 she was a legal academic at the Australian National University. She has authored many family law publications, including as co-author of Australian Family Law: The Contemporary Context (Oxford University Press). Juliet practised as a solicitor from 2009-2016, specialising in family law, including family law litigation. She was admitted to the Bar in 2017 and is an accredited mediator under the NMAS. She is a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel of Legal Aid (ACT) and a Professional Member of the Resolution Institute. She is also a member of the Family Law Committees of the ABA and ACT Bar Association. She has completed the Independent Children Lawyers’ Training and accepts briefs from ICLs. Juliet specialises in family law (parenting and property) disputes, both as an advocate and as a mediator.

Averil Foster, Partner, Phelps Reid Foster Johnson

Averil is a Partner at Phelps Reid Foster Johnson, specialising exclusively in family law. Averil graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws. After university, she spent two years working as an Associate in the then Federal Magistrate’s Court (now the Federal Circuit Court) in Melbourne. Averil then practised in Melbourne for 12 months in a boutique family law firm before she moved to Canberra. Averil is collaboratively trained and is one of the leading collaborative lawyers in Canberra, and is a senior and active member of the Canberra Collaborative practice group. 

Ken Hubert, Director, Capon & Hubert

Ken Hubert has been practising law since 1982. Ken primarily practises in the contentious areas of Civil Law, Family Law and Criminal Law. He has served in the past on the Law Society and Law Council Access to Justice Committees. Ken has practised in most legal tribunals and has been a representative for children in care and residence matters in the Family Court and Children’s Court for a number of years. Ken is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution provider and mediator. He is conscious of the need for the most appropriate means of dispute resolution for your matter.

Debra Parker, Founding Director, Parker Coles Curtis 

Debra is a highly regarded family lawyer in the ACT and surrounding region with many years of experience. Debra is considered an expert in family law and she is the only family lawyer in Canberra with NSW Law Society Specialist Accreditation in the two areas of Family Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also a qualified mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. Debra is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers. She currently chairs the ACT Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and sits on the International Law Committee. She was appointed a partner of a long-established law firm in Canberra at a very young age and undertook a 10-year appointment as a Judicial Registrar at the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. More recently, Debra commenced her own family law firm “Parker Coles Curtis”. Debra made the Australasian Law exclusive list of top 50 ‘Elite Women’ in Australia last year; she was a national finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards and she has been ranked by Doyle’s as a ‘Preeminent’ Mediator and a ‘Leading’ Family Lawyer in the ACT. 


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1 CPD point in core area 1
  • This event was recorded at the Family Law Conference, held on Wednesday 23 March 2022 
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


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