Paul Lewis is a Partner in our Private Clients Team, specialising in Family & Relationship Law. He is a leading family and relationship law practitioner, who has also been a practising mediator for 25 years. Paul is an Accredited Specialist in both Family Law and Dispute Resolution.
Paul became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 1999 and an Accredited Specialist in Dispute Resolution in 2013. Highly regarded for his technical proficiency and commitment to client care, Paul has expertise across the many areas of family and relationship law as well as evaluative mediation and dispute resolution. 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 and/ or property issues.
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 scheduled final hearing before a Judge.
Paul’s experience includes acting as an Independent Children’s Lawyer for eight years. 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). Paul served on the Family Law Committee of the NSW Law Society from 1999 to 2016. He continues to serve as an honorary Editorial Consultant for the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal and currently sits on four committees of the NSW Law Society: the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee for the Specialist Accreditation Scheme and two regulatory committees.
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