Shepherds Family Law | About Shepherds Family Law
Overview of expertise & experience of Principal, Matthew Shepherd.
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About Matthew

Matthew Shepherd is an expert in solving the legal and financial problems that arise from relationship breakdown – generally without going to Court.

Professional qualifications & expertise:
  • Practising solicitor since admission in 1990.
  • Accredited by the NSW Law Society as a family law specialist in 1996.
  • Nationally accredited mediator since 2010
  • Registered family dispute resolution practitioner since 2012
  • Accredited family law property arbitrator 2016.
  • Member of NSW Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee (2013 and continuing), Family Law Committee (2017) and the Law Society Advisory Committee for Specialist Accreditation in Dispute Resolution (2014 – 2016).
  • Member of:
    NSW Law Society,
    Family Law Section of the Federal Law Council,
    NSW Collaborative Professionals,
    Australian Institute of Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators,
    The Resolution Institute,
    Member of the Relationships Australia Collaborative Practice Group,
    Associate of the American Bar Association.
  • Collaborative family law practitioner including founding member of the Relationships Australia Collaborative Practice Group.
  • Restorative engagement conference facilitator for Defence Assault Response Taskforce.
  • Part-time Lecturer in Dispute Resolution Advocacy and Collaborative Law, UTS 2014- 2017.
  • Mediation coach and assessor for College of Law, Sydney.
  • Presenter of collaborative practice trainings for Relationships Australia.
  • Master of Dispute Resolution (Honours). University of Technology Sydney. 2013. UTS Geoffrey Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship winner 2011.
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution. Australian Institute of Relationship Studies. 2012.
  • Bachelor of Laws. Sydney University. 1989.
  • Master of Arts. Sydney University. 1987.
  • Bachelor of Arts. Sydney University. 1983.
Published writings and conference papers:
  • National Mediation Conference 2016. Two papers – “Mediating King Lear” and “Aligning the teaching of dispute resolution with principles of effective dispute resolution”
  • Ausmed Conference, Sydney February 2016. Presentation to health professionals on High Conflict Staff: Mediation and Resolution.
  • NSW Law Society Journal December 2015 “Institutional Responses to Child sexual abuse: The latest on the proposed redress scheme.”
  • Resolution Institute Kongress September 2015 paper on “Helping mediators avoid the traps of electronic communication”.
  • The above paper was published in the December 2015 edition of The Arbitrator and Mediator Journal.
  • The Conversation. 10March 2015 “When negotiating who should make the first offer” and September 2016  “To a modern audience othello is simply another story of domestic abuse
  • LEADR Kongress 2013 conference paper on “Understanding and Working with Lawyers at Mediation”
  • The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy Spring 2007 “Domestic Violence and AVOs: A Legal Guide for Doctors, Psychologists, Counsellors and other Healthcare Professionals.
  • “Family Law Property Arbitration” article in the June 2017 edition of The Arbitrator and Mediator Journal.
  • Child Abduction will continue to happen as Australia increases its international ties.” Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2016.