2022 Intensive: Mediation and Collaborative law tools for all lawyers

The 2022 CPD Intensive Series: Mediation and collaborative tools for all lawyers

Mediation and collaborative law have become popular dispute resolution processes in the family law toolkit, but there are opportunities to leverage these approaches in other civil matters. Learn about the practical application of mediation and collaborative law processes from experienced practitioners, and how adopting a client-centred approach could benefit your practice.   

Facilitator: 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.  

Pamela Burton 

Pamela Burton is a Canberra lawyer and writer. She has served as a part-time Magistrates Court appointed independent mediator since 2016. She founded her own law firm in 1976 and later practised as a barrister at the Canberra Bar. She was part-time Senior Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal 1995-2001, Legal Counsel for Federal Australian Medical Association 2001-2005, has served on various federal and territory boards and tribunals. Pamela authored From Moree to Mabo: the Mary Gaudron Story (UWAP, 2010), The Waterlow Killings: A portrait of a family tragedy (MUP, 2012) and A Foreign Affair (Ginninderra Press, 2016). 

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. 

Karen Fryar AM 

Karen Fryar was the first woman appointed as a magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court. Between 2000 and 2010, she presided over the dedicated Family Violence list and also supervised the ACT’s Family Violence Intervention Program. In 2010 she became the ACT Children’s Court Magistrate, where she pursued a variety of initiatives such as the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court to assist young offenders experiencing substance abuse problems. During this period she was also a member of the South Pacific Council of Youth and Children’s Courts. She received the Order of Australia in 2010 for her service to the community as a magistrate and for contributing to the prevention of family violence. She is currently President of the Legal Aid Commission. 

Brooke Johnson, Partner, Phelps Reid Foster Johnson   

Brooke joined Phelps Reid Foster Johnson in October 2009 and became a partner in 2015. She is an Accredited Collaborative Law Practitioner and expert negotiator, and her tertiary studies in Psychology have equipped her with an understanding of the numerous sensitivities that feature prominently in family law cases. Brooke sits on the Family Law Committee of the ACT Law Society, is a senior member of the Canberra Collaborative Family Lawyers Practice Group and a founding member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals.  


  • 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 3 and 0.5 CPD points in Core Area 4
  • This event was recorded at The 2022 CPD Intensive Series, held on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 2022
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


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