Expressions of Interest Sought – New South Wales Bar Association’s Family Law Mediators & FDRPs List (Formerly the Family Law Settlement Services Panel – Barristers)


The New South Wales Bar Association is seeking expressions of interest for its Family Law Mediators and FDRPs List (formerly the Family Law Settlement Services Panel – Barristers).

The Bar Association was in the process of reviewing all alternative dispute resolution lists maintained by the Association this year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, to ensure their integrity and best placement to promote ongoing opportunities for our practitioners. While the lists and their criteria remain subject to ongoing review by relevant Committees, the Association appreciates that the pandemic and its impacts are unprecedented. In response, to support members’ practices, the Association is inviting Expressions of Interest for its Family Law Mediators and FDRPs List (formerly the Family Law Settlement Services Panel - Barristers). If you are already a current member of this list, there is no need to re-apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Hold accreditation as either:

    a. a mediator with the Association under the National Mediation Accreditation System; and/or

    b. a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth); and

  2. Hold a current practising certificate with the Association; and

  3. Have demonstrated substantial involvement in the area of family law in the three years prior to this application; and

  4. Have demonstrated that the time devoted to this area of practice, in each year of the past three years, is not less than 25% of normal full-time practice.

If an applicant is unable to meet the above criteria (for example, through illness or parental leave), they may still be eligible for inclusion if they can demonstrate relevant family law mediation and litigation experience.

To apply, please complete this Expression of Interest before close of business Friday 7 August 2020.

As the Association’s offices are currently closed due to COVID-19, hard copy applications will not be accepted at this time. If you would like any further information, or to discuss this application, please contact the Association’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Elizabeth Pearson, via

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