Session 2: Domestic and Family Violence: Issues and Approaches

Session ID: 1711N06B
Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: Primus Hotel Sydney, Mezzanine, 339 Pitt St, Sydney

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Substantive Law: 3

State: NSW CPD:3
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Session Content

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Primus Hotel Sydney, 339 Pitt St

Attend and earn 3 CPD units in Substantive Law

The best speakers: gain critical insights from 2 judges, 3 vaunted barristers and leading family law specialists. The practical skills: master how to stay in control when a family law matter explodes into something truly ugly when children, warring parents and emotions are involved. The knowledge: understand the psychology behind a dispute and arm yourself with the information and skills needed to calmly and effectively respond to a crisis, including when the potential for harm to be caused by one party to another creates a recipe for potential disaster.

Chair and Opening Address: Commentary on Domestic Violence and Family Law

Presented by The Hon Judge Elizabeth Boyle, Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Drugs, Family Violence and Parental Responsibility

  • Types of drug testing available, what they can detect and for how long
  • Drafting effective proposals and orders for drug testing
  • The correlation between drug abuse and family violence, statistics and insights from the parliamentary inquiry
  • Cases on parental responsibility in cases involving drug abuse by one or both parents
  • Grandparent intervention (grandparents seeking parental responsibility and/or lives with orders)

Presented by Jodylee Bartal, Special Counsel and Rachell Davey, Special Counsel- Family & Relationship Law, Lander & Rogers

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Best Interests of the Child: Practical and Legal Considerations

Nicole Lourenco
, Managing Director - Therapist, The Relationship Practice NSW
Simone Green, Principal Solicitor, Streeter Law; Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Mark MacDiarmid, Lawyer, Mark MacDiarmid Family Law; Accredited Family Law Specialist

Hatfield v McCoy: The Dynamics of Tribal Warfare in Family Law Proceedings
Examine the broader social and family systems dynamics involved in high conflict family law proceedings, particularly in the context of matters where allegations of family violence are made. Gain strategies for dealing in a structured and organised way with these most difficult of parenting matters.

Presented by Mark MacDiarmid, Lawyer, Mark MacDiarmid Family Law; Accredited Family Law Specialist


Elizabeth Boyle

The Honourable Elizabeth Boyle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney in 1988. She was a volunteer at the Inner City Legal Centre in 1985. Since completing her degrees, she worked as a solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales in their Family Litigation Section from 1990 to 1999 and became a Senior Executive Service Registrar of the Family Court of Australia in 1999. In 2001, she commenced practicing as a barrister at Frederick Jordan Chambers specialising in family law and children's care and protection. Judge Elizabeth Boyle was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on 29 February 2016.

Jodylee Bartal

Jodylee Bartal is an experienced family and relationship lawyer and accredited family law specialist having been admitted to practice in 2000. She advises in relation to all issues involving married and de facto couples, including same-sex couples. Her practice covers everything from separation and divorce to parenting disputes, including IVF, as well as binding financial agreements and all aspects of financial issues and property settlements. Jodylee acted on behalf of one of Australia's leading Banks in one of the first cases involving joinder of third parties to Family Law (property) proceedings, in which case the Bank was successful. She has also successfully represented the Bank in a Full Family Court Appeal. Jodylee is a regular speaker at both in-house and external seminars, as well as the media, on a wide range of topics, including most recently: Binding Financial Agreements, Sydney, August 2017; Career Spotlight NSW Law Society Journal Article June 2017; Superannuation Splitting Commonwealth Bank Investor Magazine, March 2017; and Financial Agreements, Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Review, January 2017. She is ranked as a Rising Star in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Doyle's Guide for Family Law and was a finalist for Special Counsel of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, 2015. Jodylee has also been recognised in the 2017/18 edition of Best Lawyers (Australia) for her expertise in the area of Family Law. Jodylee's areas of expertise includes property settlements (including complex defended matters and multi-party proceedings; anti-suit injunctions, stay applications and applications for other injunctive relief); financial agreements; superannuation splitting and agreements; disputes in relation to subpoenas; family violence issues , including intervention orders; IVF and surrogacy; divorce; children's matters (including relocation applications, disputed care arrangements, passport applications, paternity disputes, name changes, contravention proceedings, child support and child maintenance (for over 18s); spousal maintenance and international property disputes.

Rachell Davey

Rachell Davey has over 17 years' experience as a family lawyer having been admitted to practice in 2000. Rachell has been involved in all aspects of family law practice, however has considerable experience in complex property matters. Rachell also has a particular interest in international aspects of family law; including overseas abduction and enforcement of overseas maintenance and child support Orders and has completed her Masters Degree in International Law. She has acted in a number of cases for ex-patriate Australians and also in matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Rachell has also acted on behalf of clients from many of the states of Australia as well as Victoria. She has authored several articles and is a contributing Editor to Thomson Reuters "Laws of Australia" Encyclopaedia. Rachell's areas of expertise include: matrimonial and domestic property matters particularly those involving complex corporate and trust structures; property matters involving third parties; children's matters (residence, contact and interstate and international relocation); child support (assessment and variation); intervention order matters in the Magistrates' Court; and advocacy in the Family Court and appearance on behalf of clients at mediations, round table conference and informal negotiations. Rachell was admitted to practice and joined Lander & Rogers in 2000 and obtained her accreditation in family law in 2005.

Nicole Lourenco

As the Managing Director of The Relationship Practice NSW, Nicole Lourenco is committed to working with individuals and families who are experiencing conflict or issues within their relationships - past or present. Nicole's approach is consultative and inclusive with a real interest in attachment theory, family history and its influence on the present. Comfortable working within high conflict situations, Nicole has a strong understanding of family dynamics, with a special interest in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. (CSA) Her practice has been developed to assist people to manage relationships, parenting and conflict situations in their lives enabling them to move forward in positive and meaningful ways.Nicole's corporate background is as a business owner over twenty years in client focused communication and mediation with ten years tertiary and postgraduate lecturing and mentoring in these fields. Her field of personal interest is human rights, equity and justice and is currently completing her Masters at The University of Sydney in Human Rights. Nicole practices as a Family Therapist and Counsellor alongside her practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner [FDRP], registered with the Australian Government Attorney General's Department, working in both family, relocation and property matters.

Simone Green

Mark MacDiarmid

Mark MacDiarmid has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a registered Family Law Arbitrator. Mark is a former Director of national law firm Gadens Lawyers (where he worked in the commercial law and banking & finance sections), a former specialist family law consultant for Coleman & Greig Lawyers, and for many years was the Principal Solicitor of the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre. As a lawyer Mark's practice is currently focused on Independent Children's Lawyer appointments, and as a mediator he focuses on legally assisted property mediations. He holds degrees in Arts & Law from the University of Sydney, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Venue Details

Primus Hotel Sydney

Mezzanine, 339 Pitt St
Sydney 2000

Ph: (02) 8027 8000


Parking: Off-site secure under cover parking is recommended at Cinema

Car Park, 521 Kent St or Secure Parking, 259 Pitt st, please visit website

for rates. These parking stations are less then 10 minutes' walk from the


Train: The closest train station is Town Hall.

No parking or travel costs are included in the conference fee.

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