How to get the most out of the mediation process

How to get the most out of the mediation process

Mediation poses its own challenges, however since COVID-19, legal practitioners have still been required to navigate face to face dispute resolution processes while maintaining strict social distancing rules. This has required parties meeting together using video technology such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex.

To discuss how to best prepare and get the most out of mediations and also how they might change once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, please join this three-way panel, comprising three mediators: barrister Rebecca Curran, former Magistrate Karen Fryar AM, and senior solicitor Kerry Stewart.

To assist the panel discussions it would assist if questions are submitted in advance of the session.


  • When: 2.30-4pm, Thursday 22 October 2020. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: ACT Law Society 
  • Light refreshments will be provided 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD units in Core Area 3
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close 18 October 2020

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

Definitions: 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

The Law Society is enforcing social distancing and spacing measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.

Many of our upcoming CPD sessions will now be available either online or in-person and some have the offer of live streaming. Each CPD event advertised on our website will provide details about the online options available in that session. 

If sessions offer recordings, when you register, please let us know if you'd prefer to watch the CPD online (either live, or at a later date). If you choose the live-stream option you can still interact, ask questions, and be a meaningful participant at the seminar.

For more information about online CPD, please contact Carissa on



Single ticket $115.00 (GST incl.) Register



Rebecca Curran

Rebecca was called to the Bar in 2012. Prior to being called to the Bar she was a partner in a law firm in Canberra and was a Registrar of the Family Court of Australia in Brisbane.

At the Bar Rebecca practises in all areas of family law and de facto relationships law, including property, financial matters and children’s matters. She practices in family provision, wills and estates, inquests and inquiries and civil practice including historical abuse, motor vehicle and personal injury, common law and negligence claims.  Rebecca’s areas of practice are both as an advocate and a mediator.

Karen Fryar AM GAICD

Having worked as a lawyer in the ACT since 1982, Karen was appointed as a magistrate in 1993, being the first female judicial officer appointed in the Australian Capital Territory. During her tenure at the court she sat in all jurisdictions of the court including criminal, civil, and also formally in the Mental Health Tribunal and the Guardianship and Management of Property Tribunal.

In particular, Karen presided over the ACT’s specialist Family Violence list continuously from 2000 till 2010, and then again from 2013 till 2016. She was also the Childrens Court Magistrate from 2010 till 2016.

Karen was awarded the International Women’s Day Award in March 2008 by the ACT Minister for Women. In January 2010 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the ACT community as a magistrate and through contributions to the prevention of family violence.

After her retirement from the bench in March 2019 Karen graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course and has recently been appointed the President of the ACT Legal Aid Commission. In August 2019 Karen became a Nationally Accredited Mediator and now convenes mediations in all areas of civil litigation, both privately and as a member of the panel of mediators of the ACT Supreme Court and the ACT Magistrates Court.

Kerry Stewart

Kerry is a solicitor and was admitted in 1996.  She is also an accredited mediator and operates her own mediation business, Stewart Mediations. Kerry practiced as a solicitor for 24 years, initially at Hunt and Hunt and then for 20 years at Henry Davis York which, in 2018, merged with Norton Rose Fulbright. During her years as a solicitor, Kerry practiced in the area of insurance law and specialised in professional indemnity law.  She acted for solicitors, barristers, engineers, accountants, members of the medical profession and for the Ministry of Health. Kerry also undertook two secondments at LawCover.

In addition Kerry has acted for the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments in the management of claims arising out of institutional abuse. As part of this management process Kerry has worked with her clients to develop processes and strategies to not only address current claims but which will also prevent claims in the future by addressing institutional responses to complaints and behaviours within government agencies.

She has conducted both litigated and unlitigated claims for her clients and is well versed in the use of alternate dispute resolution. After many years as a litigator Kerry has chosen to follow her passion for dispute resolution and specialise in mediation. As a litigator with over 20 years of experience she has seen many sets of facts which would never have turned into claims had risk management techniques been employed at an early stage. Kerry’s experience and expertise incorporates both risk management and dispute resolution at an early stage.

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