Jason Walker is a Partner at Gadens and has dual accreditation as specialist in Family Law (2005) and as a specialist in Children’s Law (2012), one of the first practitioners in Victoria to hold both qualifications.
Jason has over 19 years of experience helping clients through family and relationship breakdown. He has particular expertise in complex parenting proceedings and complex financial litigation, acting for high net worth individuals in matters involving trusts, companies and businesses. He acted in one of the largest financial cases determined by the Family Court.
Jason is also trained in Collaborative Law which is a non-adversarial process facilitated by lawyers with the objective of achieving an enduring settlement for clients, through a series of “four-way” face-to-face meetings between the parties and their lawyers.
Jason has served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), the peak body for lawyers in Victoria. He is a member of the LIV Children’s Law Specialisation Advisory Committee, which is responsible for assessing and examining candidates for specialisation in Children’s Law.
Jason regularly presents to the profession on Family Law issues. He has presented at Melbourne Law School and at conferences for the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria, Legalwise, Leo Cussen, and at international Family Law Conferences in England, Indonesia, India and Italy.
Jason was one of two co-convenors of the Law Council of Australia Family Law Section’s biennial National Family Law Conference held in Melbourne 2016, the largest legal conference of any kind in Australia, attracting 1,100 registrants.
Jason’s practice includes international family law, often involving jurisdictional and forum disputes. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
Jason has regularly been named as a “Leading Victorian Family Lawyer” in the annual publication of Doyle’s Guide. In 2018, Jason was recognised as a Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Lawyer in Victoria. Doyle’s publication is drawn from peer colleague opinion.
In December 2018, Jason was elected as the Victorian solicitor representative on the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (the peak national body for Family Lawyers).