Paul Lewis is a Partner in our Private Clients Group, specialising in Family & Relationship Law. He is a leading family and relationship law practitioner, and a nationally accredited mediator. Paul is also accredited by the NSW Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law (since 1999) and Dispute Resolution (since 2013).
Highly regarded for his technical proficiency and commitment to client care, Paul has expertise across the many areas of family and relationship law. Paul actively guides clients in all types of cases, from matters where clients want to reach an early agreement to cases that involve complex parenting or financial issues, including the joinder of third parties and other multi-party disputes.
Paul became an accredited mediator in 1993 with the Community Justice Program, Queensland. For the next 15 years Paul frequently acted as a community mediator with the Community Justice Centres, NSW before becoming accredited as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in 2006 when mandatory mediation was introduced in parenting cases. Since 2009 Paul’s mediation practice has shifted to providing evaluative mediation, both in financial cases and parenting cases when parties want a lawyer-mediator to help them avoid a final hearing before a Judge.
Paul’s experience includes acting as an Independent Children’s Lawyer. He was an early adopter of Collaborative Law, being in the first Sydney training group in 2005 and an inaugural member of the board of Collaborative Professionals (NSW). He continues to serve as an honorary Editorial Consultant for the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal and currently sits on three committees of the NSW Law Society: the Family Law committee, the Alternative Dispute Resolution committee, and the Fidelity Fund Management committee.
Paul was recognised as Family Lawyer of the Year – Australia at the 2019 APAC Legal Awards.
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