Gerard has been a lawyer for many years having graduated in ’78 with Law and Economics degrees , practising as a solicitor until march ’94 when called to the Bar to read with Dan Sweeney.
As Counsel he has been involved in high profile financial and parenting cases.He has participated in many mediations since ’84 when he was first accredited as a mediator both as Counsel and as Mediator. He understands and values the benefits of Mediation and Arbitration as a form of dispute resolution.Gerard is also an accredited Arbitrator.
He has been active in committees within the LIV and continues that commitment as the Vic Bar rep on the LIV Court’s Practice Committee.
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 written and presented many papers and articles on aspects of Family law including advocacy, evidence, financial and parenting matters.
He realises there is a less-serious side to the Law and at one stage in his carreer he and some colleagues had their own radio programme entitled “putting on the writs!” on an FM station in Melbourne.
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.
Accredited as Arbitrator: 9/10/2015