Our Team includes full-time staff as well as many independent professionals with whom we work in collaboration. Here are some of us.
The Hon. Peter I. Rose, AM, QC
Mediator & Arbitrator
The Hon. Peter I. Rose, AM, QC has a wealth of experience in Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution. His knowledge and experience are based on a rare combination of being a recently retired Family Court Judge and previously a leading Queen’s Counsel. He is currently a Mediator and Conciliator, and Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney Law School.
Peter Rose became a Queen's Counsel in 1988, and spent over 12 years as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2014 “for significant service to the legal profession, particularly in the field of family law.”
Bernie has a Masters Degree in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Financial Planning and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution. She is a registered Family Dispute Practitioner (FDRP) and a nationally accredited Mediator (NMAS). She is also trained in collaborative practice and is Vice President of the Board of NSW Collaborative Professionals.
Bernie enjoyed a successful career as the owner of a chain of retail businesses in Sydney before selling her interests to concentrate on her real passion for helping people improve their communication.
She sees good communication as the key to cutting through all sorts of difficult relationship issues, whether work related, relationship related or post separation / divorce related. Bernie is frequently asked to speak on radio, television and at major conferences on family wellbeing, relationships and money.
Lisa is a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner focused on parenting matters. She has worked extensively both in private practice, and at the Sydney City Family Relationship Centre.
Lisa holds degrees in law and psychology. She practiced both in big-city law firms and in community legal centres. She is also a coach and facilitator at the College of Law. She is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS).
Lisa has an open and engaging communication style, and empathetic approach in understanding her client’s concerns. Her focus is on assisting clients in insightful and constructive ways to reach agreements in relation to parenting matters.
Mediator, Arbitrator and Family Lawyer
Matthew Shepherd became a solicitor in 1990 and a Family Law Specialist in 1996. He holds numerous qualifications in family law, mediation, alternative dispute resolution and collaborative law.
Amongst his many leadership roles in various professional groups, he is Co-Chair of the NSW Law Society’s Specialist Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, and he lectures in this subject at University of Technology Sydney.
Matthew is an accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. He mediates on both parenting and financial matters for divorcing couples.
Case Manager and Mediator
Before becoming a Settlement Case Manager and Mediator, Judy had a long career in client-focused roles in real estate, public relations, marketing, tourism and event management. She also ran a successful small business with her husband. These roles developed her strong practical understanding of commercial matters and consumer communication.
After the untimely death of her husband, Judy spent several years raising her children as a widow. Judy’s accumulated life experiences have provided her a gift for empathy for families in difficult emotional situations. Judy joined Divorce Partners wanting to make a difference, ensuring couples are well informed and able to find practical settlement arrangements with the least amount of stress.
Founder and Mediator
David’s career has been primarily in digital technology, including time with IBM, Telstra and Microsoft. David has a degree in Business and Marketing and extensive experience in legal publishing and online legal information services.
David established Divorce Partners after witnessing the devastating impact of divorce on close friends and relatives. He concluded that divorce settlement could be more streamlined, more affordable and far less bitter if education, process and technology were integrated with the services of outstanding mediators and family lawyers.