EQ, wagyu, and parallel universes: Inside Perth’s largest family law firm, Leach Legal

January 17th, 2017 by
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Catherine Leach is Managing Director of Perth’s largest family law firm, Leach Legal, and an alumnus of the College’s Master of Applied Law (Family Law). Insights spoke to Catherine about her approach to family law, how she keeps her personal life apart from the emotional demands of her work, and all she has learned along the way – from Sharia Law to wagyu beef farming to the cycle of grief, separation and attachment.

Compassionate Family Law: ClearPath and Marie Sullivan OAM

October 4th, 2016 by

With Pauline Hanson calling for the abolition of the Family Court in her (second) maiden speech, the role of family law and the courts in adjudicating our relationships is, for better or worse, being re-examined. While the One Nation senator’s views have been widely derided, most recently by the likes of Rosie Batty, it is worth considering how family law deals with deeply personal conflicts. Insights spoke with ClearPath founder Maria Sullivan OAM, who assumes a far more advisory, personalised approach to family law.

College of Law Honorary Fellow, Peter I. Rose AM QC on future directions in Family Law

June 7th, 2016 by
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Peter I. Rose AM QC has recently been announced as one of the College of Law’s latest Honorary Fellows. As part of the College’s fellowship program, an honorary masters degree is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to legal practice and/or the work of the College. Neville Carter, CEO and Principal of the College, said the fellowships mark “a coming of age for the College”, and recognise “the role the College now plays in the education and training of the legal profession, not just pre-admission but through to specialisation and beyond.” Prior to the Honorary Fellowship, Peter I. Rose AM QC was awarded the Order of Australia (2014) “for significant service to the legal profession, particularly in the field of family law.” He served as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for almost 13 years, having been a Queen’s Counsel since 1988.

Undisputed: Family Dispute Resolution in Practice

June 30th, 2015 by

Lawyers play a multitude of roles: interpreter, advisor, guardian, and friend, among others. For family lawyers, being a referee can often be part of the job and in the field of family law we call these referees Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs). FDRPs are accredited, specialist mediators registered with the Federal Attorney General’s office who assist families affected by separation or divorce in resolving matters related to property, money and child custody.

Innovations in Family Law: A New Zealand Perspective

February 17th, 2015 by
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With a population of just 4 million, New Zealand has been able to pave the way for major innovations in family law to emerge. Its unusual population mix of Maori, Pasifika and Asian populations, subject to laws imported from the UK, makes New Zealand something of a weathervane for how family law may develop – especially in a Western context.

How Not to be an Average Family Lawyer  

December 11th, 2014 by
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Without a doubt, it’s one of the most sensitive areas of law. Requiring its practitioners to work with people during the most difficult stages of their lives, family law can often drain as much from its solicitors as it can from its clients. However, for all you family lawyers out there, Insights has compiled a list of tips to ensure you won’t need a divorce from your career.

So what does an FDRP do?

May 20th, 2014 by

To mark the launch of The College of Law’s new offering of the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispure Resolution Practice, we talked with Danielle Jaku-Greenfield, Lecturer at The College of Law and Co-founder of Sydney Mediation Partnership.

Practising family law – waving or drowning?

February 25th, 2014 by
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Practising family law is not for the faint-hearted. The emotional toll on practitioners from the pressure of keeping up with the relentless wave of legislative changes, dealing with delays in the family court and seeing clients suffering the pain of family relationship breakdown can be overwhelming. We explore the challenges for family law practitioners and the canny ways they find to survive.