- Maria Monastiriotis, Group Principal Nexus Law Group

Zoë Durand is the founder of Mediation Answers.   Zoë is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) .  She has a wealth of experience working as a lawyer for 12 years, primarily in family law, at the coalface of the family law system

 

Zoë has also worked at leading national and international commercial law firms giving her a financial acumen which is highly desirable in family law property matters and as a Court Appointed Independent Children's lawyer, giving her a unique insight into the needs and perspectives of children in parenting family law matters. 

Zoë has written the case notes for the NSW Law Society Journal and been featured in Lawyers Weekly, The Australian, ABC, SMH, 10Daily, Mamamia and A Current Affair.  

 

She recently released the highly publicised book Inside Family Law, which has been recommended by The Honourable Justice Peter Rose AM QC as a "must for all institutions teaching family law, for family lawyers or those going through the process firsthand." Inside Family Law is now on the recommended reading list of several universities. 

collaborative law coach

A collaborative law coach works with both the parties and their lawyers to reach agreement over a series of meetings.

mediation

Mediation involves the parties working with a neutral third party to try to resolve their dispute. We offer mediation in family law and other areas. We also can issue s60I certificates if mediation does not proceed.

education & speaking

We offer free talks on mediation and family law.

We also offer our popular 1 day SOS Lawyer Magic Workshop.

referrals

We assist people with referrals to lawyers and other professionals.

COMMENTATOR 

Zoë is the author of Inside Family Law and the host of the Inside Family Law podcast. If you work in family law and would like to be featured in the podcast or if you are a journalist interested in Inside Family Law we can assist.

Listen in to Judges, experts, barristers and lawyers sharing their insights on the Inside Family Podcast available below.

Including interviews with The Honourable Mark La Poer Trench on children's wishes and self represented litigants and The Honourable Peter Rose AM QC on the proposed Australian Law Reform Commission's recommendations regarding family law reform.

 

2019 events...

15 to 17 August 2019 - On the ground correspondent reporting at the AFCC conference in Sydney. Zoë will be reporting live at the AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) conference in Sydney via her Inside Family Law podcast.

Impending - shortlisted for the APAC Insider Legal AwardsZoë has been nominated and shortlisted for the APAC Insider Legal Awards.

19 August 2019 - NSW Law Society, Finalist exhibition, Just Art Prize. Two of Zoë's artworks are in the Finals for the NSW Law Society Just Art competition, raising funds for Our Watch. 

31 August 2019 - Young Professional's Charity BallZoë is the NSW Law Society's Resident Artist and will be adjudicating the drawing competition on the evening. One of her artworks is also being auctioned to raise funds for Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).

27 September 2019 - Lighthouse High Tea launch of Inside Family Law.  Zoë will be presenting in relation to her book Inside Family Law for members of the Lighthouse Organisation on the Central Coast. 

4 August to 19 November 2019 - Art for Access to Justice. Zoë's art for access to justice fundraising exhibition, supporting Youth Law Australia, Justice Connect and Minds Count is running from 4 August to 11 November 2019 at the Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Zoë made us both feel comfortable and explained the process thoroughly as well as expectations. As we were comfortable, we were able to air our "grievances" and come to an amicable solution.  Zoë encouraged us to speak to each other. The process was wonderful. After this experience I would prefer mediation to any other kind of problem solving. I would not have changed a thing about how the mediation was conducted."

—  Client in mediation (Guardianship Tribunal matter)

Website designed and built by Zoë Durand 2019.