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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Awards. Zoë 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 Ball. Zoë 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.