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Meredith is part of Paterson & Dowding’s Leadership Team and her practice is focused on working with clients to resolve complex parenting and financial settlement issues. She has extensive experience as a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).
Meredith is Recommended by her peers and clients in DOYLES in Parenting, Custody and Children’s Matters Lawyers – Western Australia, 2021.
She regularly represents both parties and children in the Family Court of Western Australia in Family Law matters and in the Children’s Court in Care and Protection matters. She has worked exclusively in Family Law, Mediation and Care and Protection Law throughout her career.
As a Mediator she has chaired numerous Family Law mediation conferences in relation to both parenting and financial issues. As a registered FDRP, where parties are unable to reach agreements in relation to their children, she is qualified to issue what is known as a section 60I certificate, allowing parties to commence litigation, where required.
Meredith is also a Child Consultant, and has been since 2016. As a Child Consultant, she meets with children whose parents are undertaking parenting mediation, and provides valuable feedback to the parents in relation to the children’s views and wishes as part of their mediation process.
As a qualified Collaborative Professional, Meredith works with others such as Financial Planners, Accountants and Mental Health professionals, to assist parties to settle issues out of court in an amicable and efficient way. She is also a qualified Arbitrator and is therefore able to make binding decisions (known as Awards) for parties in dispute, which can be registered with the Court as legally binding Orders. Mediation, Collaborative Practice and Arbitration are resolution methods Meredith can use to assist clients who wish to resolve their issues, but do not want to go to Court.
In addition to private client work, Meredith is an highly experienced Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) in the Family Court, and Child Representative in the Children’s Court. In this capacity, she assists the Courts in determining the children’s best interests, and conveys children’s views to the courts, in complex parenting disputes between parents and carers, in the Family Court, and between parents, carers and the Department of Communities, in the Children’s Court. Meredith has undertaken extensive trial work in this role.
Meredith is a sessional academic at Curtin University, teaching the Family Law Practice unit as part of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
She engages in community theatre productions as well as enjoying spending time with her family.View All Team Members
- Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University, 1992
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia, 1995
- Admitted to Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1996
- Independent Children's Lawyer, 2003
- Nationally Accredited Mediator, 2012
- Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, 2013
- Collaborative Professional, 2016
- AIFLAM Nationally Accredited Arbitrator, 2016
Admitted to Practice
- 4 November 1996
- Law Society of Western Australia
- Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Western Australia
- Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
- Panel Member for Legal Aid WA - Independent Children's Lawyer and Child Representative, Dispute Resolution Chairperson and Family Law Dispute Resolution
- Member of WA Sub-Committee - Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
- Women Lawyers WA
- Collaborative Professionals WA
- All aspects of Family Law including financial settlements and parenting issues
- Experienced Mediator, with an emphasis on Family Law issues