Program

16th AUSTRALIAN FAMILY LAWYERS’ CONFERENCE
1-5 September 2017- Denarau, Fiji

DAY 1 – Friday, 1 September 2017
5.00 – 9.00pm
Hotel Lobby
Arrive Fiji – Check in at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Conference registration desk open

DAY 2 – Saturday, 2 September 2017
6.30 – 8.30am
Sofitel
Breakfast
8.00 – 9.00am
Hotel Lobby
Registration desk open
9.00-9.10am
Sofitel conference
room
Conference opening Jackie Vincent
Watts McCray LawyersNick Gaudion
Cutcher & NealeJames Munroe
Aon
9.10 – 10.00am
Sofitel conference
room
Session 1:
Separation of Property in Australia after Stanford v Stanford
Patrick Parkinson A.M.
Watts McCray Lawyers
10.10 – 11.00am
Sofitel conference
room
Session 2:
The role, benefits and concerns of digital technology in the family justice system: A UK and Australian perspective
David Hodson
International Family Law GroupJackie Vincent
Watts McCray Lawyers
11.00 –
11.20am
Foyer
Morning Tea
11.20 – 12.10pm
Sofitel conference
room
Session 3:
Children’s views, the weight to be given to them and
balancing the Court’s parental authority and individual wishes
Dr Peter Krabman
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
12.20 – 1.10pm
Sofitel conference
room
Session 4:
Good, Better & Best: The evolution of the Goode and Goode 2006-2017
Judge Tom Altobelli
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
1.15 – 2.10pm
Restaurant
Lunch
2.10 – 2.45pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 5:
Good Information In = Good Information Out – Instructing
the Valuer
James Munroe
Aon
2.45 – 3.20pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 6:
A Super Question – how do you allocate the value of super to a period outside of cohabitation?
Nick Gaudion
Cutcher & Neale
3.20 – 3.40pm
Foyer
Afternon tea
3.40 – 4.30pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 7: Unconscious Bias in Expert Evidence and the Legal Workplace Lee May Saw
Frederick Jordan Chambers, NSW
4.30pm Close
4.30 – 6.00pm At Leisure
6.00 – 7.30pm Welcome cocktail reception
7.30pm Dinner and evening at Leisure
DAY 3 – Sunday, 3 September 2017
6.30 – 8.30am
Sofitel Restaurant
Breakfast
9.00 – 9.50am
Sofitel conference room
Session 8:
Family Law in Fiji: How does it compare to the Australian
Experience
Magistrate Charles Ratakele
Nasinu
Magistrates Court, Fiji
10.00 – 10.50am
Sofitel conference room
Session 9: Cross Border Challenges in Marital Agreements: Beginning of the End, or a New Beginning? Malathi Das
Director Joyce A Tan & Partners, LCC (Singapore)
10.50 – 11.20am
Foyer
Morning Tea
11.20 – 12.10pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 10:
Here we go again: The Family Law System 40 years on
Chief Judge John Pascoe
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
12.20 – 1.10pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 11:
Departure from the administrative assessment or application to Court? How do we treat special circumstances in a child support context?
Catherine Devine,
Owen Dixon

Chambers East, VIC
1.10 – 1.25pm
Sofitel conference room
Session 12:
Storm in the Channel: Britain cut off.  Family law and Brexit
David Hodson
International Family Law Group
1.25pm Concluding comments Jackie Vincent
Watts McCray Lawyers
1.30pm Lunch and afternoon at Leisure
6.30 – 7.00pm
Beachfront
Pre-gala dinner drinks
7.00 – midnight Gala dinner
DAY 4 – Monday, 4 September 2017
6.30 – 8.30am
Sofitel Restaurant
Breakfast
10.00 – 4.00pm
Depart from lobby
Island family fun day
6.00 – 7.00pm Plenary Session:
A relaxed open mic forum where you can put questions to our esteemed panel of speakers
Various speakers
7.00pm Dinner and evening at Leisure
DAY 5 – Tuesday, 5 September 2017
6.30 – 10.30am
Sofitel Restaurant
Breakfast
At Leisure – Departure or extension dependant on own arrangements