Our Arbitrators

Jim Brewster – Canberra

Jim Brewster retired as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court in 2016 after serving for 16 years on the bench. Prior to his appointment, he practised as a barrister in Canberra. A significant part of his practice at the bar was in family law.
He began his legal career as a solicitor. He first appeared in the Family Court in January 1976, the month that the court commenced operation. He commenced practice as a barrister in 1984.
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Jacky Campbell – Melbourne

Jacky is a Partner at Forte Family Lawyers. She has worked in family law for over 30 years.

She is a trained arbitrator and a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators & Mediators.

Jacky has a Master of Laws from Monash University, doing her thesis on bankruptcy and family law. She is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is a trained collaborative lawyer.

She received the LIV Rogers Legal Writing Award in 2004 - for the article "Splitting the Super… and Selling the Home."

Jacky's main publications are:
• consultant editor of Wolters Kluwer - CCH Australian Family Law and Practice
• contributing author to Wolters Kluwer - CCH Australian Family Law and Practice to the Property, Spousal Maintenance, Financial Agreements, Maintenance Agreements, Procedure and Precedents tabs
• author of the family law chapters in Thomson-Reuters Australian Financial Planning Handbook and Wolters Kluwer - CCH Australian Master Superannuation Guide
• author of chapters of Wolters Kluwer - CCH Master Family Law Guide

Justin Dowd – Sydney

Justin Dowd is a Partner at Watts McCray, a specialist family law practice in NSW and the ACT which has grown to be one of the largest specialist family law practices in Australia. He was President of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2012. He is Vice-President of LawAsia; a Member of the European Justice Family Observatory; Member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries; Associate Member of the Hong Kong Law Society; and Member of the Law Society of England & Wales. He is an accredited family law specialist, mediator and arbitrator.
Justin is also a member of the Board of the World Congress on Children’s Rights and Family Law, an international congress convened to highlight and progress children’s rights internationally.
Earlier in his career, Justin was a Registrar of the Family Court for five years, and during that time conducted over 600 Conciliation Conferences for couples in dispute. He also conducted many hearings, presiding in the Registrar 's court.
Justin is an author of the family law section of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Australian Practical Forms and Precedents and the principal author of the Lexis Nexis online service, Practical Guidance in Family Law. He has written many articles and presentations on family law, nationally and internationally.

Gerard Holmes – Melbourne

Gerard Holmes practised as a solicitor for about 15 years before becoming a barrister in 1994.  As Counsel he has been involved in many high profile financial and parenting cases. He is also an accredited and experienced mediator.
Gerard was awarded the Law Institute Award for Family Law for several years and was one of the first solicitors to become an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. He has also been a board member of Relationships Australia and member of the Family Law and Psychology Association of Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators.

He has written and presented many papers and articles on aspects of family law including advocacy, evidence, financial and parenting matters.

He has been active in committees within the Law Institute of Victoria and continues that commitment as the Victorian Bar’s representative on the LIV Court’s Practice Committee.

Sally Nicholes – Melbourne

Sally is leading family lawyer who focuses on all aspects of family law.

Sally has particular expertise in international family law disputes, property cases involving complex corporate and trust structures, and disputes between parties to a same-sex relationship. She has also had an extensive involvement in international issues concerning the wellbeing of children. Sally is an accredited independent children’s lawyer, Deputy Chair of the Board of the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights and also Deputy Chair of the Lasallian Foundation which provides education and related programs for the empowerment of children and young people in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sally is also known for her expertise in international family law disputes; particularly with jurisdictional arguments and conflict of laws.

Debra Parker – Canberra

Debra Parker is a partner with Watts McCray Lawyers in Canberra. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she had ten years’ experience as Registrar of the Family Court and later also the Federal Circuit Court in Canberra. She has been working in family law for over 24 years. Over the course of her career she has served on the ACT Law Society Family Law Committee, the Gender Equity Committee, the Judiciary and Court Process Committee, the Access to Justice Committee and the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee. She has also been Chair of the Legal Aid Office Independent Children’s Lawyers Committee which oversees the appointment of lawyers representing children. Debra also has over 20 years experience in Mediation.

Prof. Patrick Parkinson AM – Sydney

Patrick Parkinson is a professor of law at the University of Sydney. He also practices as a solicitor in family law. He served from 2004-05 as Chair of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support which led to major changes in the system in 2008. He chaired the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General from 2004-2007.
His books include Australian Family Law in Context (6th ed, 2015), Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008), and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed., 2003). He is a leading authority on family property law in Australia and has written many articles on the subject. Prof. Parkinson is also well-known for his work concerning child protection.
He has been internationally recognised for his work in family law. He was President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-2014. He delivered the International Family Justice lecture before a distinguished audience in London in 2009. He is also a consultant to the International Family Law Group in London. He was awarded the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, based in North America, in 2013.

The Hon. Peter Rose AM QC – Sydney

The Hon. Peter Rose served for approximately 13 years as a Family Court Judge before retiring from the Bench in 2011. Prior to his appointment to the Court, he was a leading Queens Counsel, specializing in family law cases. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney and lectures regularly at other universities including the University of New South Wales, the College of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Renmin University of China and Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Peter Rose has served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Advanced Legal Education for the College of Law, and as an honorary consultant to the Australian and NSW Law Reform Commissions. He has also been a member of the Family Law Council and an executive member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

His substantial knowledge and experience in family property matters place Peter Rose in an ideal position to assist people in the arbitration of their disputed issues with the least possible delay and expense.