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Maurice Edwards

Special Counsel

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
Accredited Mediator, Arbitrator & Family
Law Specialist
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Office. Parramatta, Sydney, Norwest, Central Coast
ph. (02) 9635 4266
e. medwards@wattsmccray.com.au
Maurice Edwards

Maurice Edwards has a long and successful professional history in representing clients in a wide range of legal practice areas.

Maurice is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator. He is a Collaborative Family Lawyer and is currently President of the Greater Sydney Collaborative Family Law Group. Maurice was appointed as a Public Notary in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries. He has over 35 years legal experience in assisting clients to resolve their Family Law issues, in both complex financial, and parenting matters.

Maurice has developed a particular expertise in International Family Law issues and has represented clients in matters under the Hague Child Abduction Convention in the Family Court of Australia, the Full Court of the Family Court and the High Court of Australia. Maurice has presented a number of papers on the Hague Conventions that relate to children. He has also trained in Japan specifically in the mediation of disputes relating to the Hague Child Abduction Convention.

Maurice also has a particular interest in the law surrounding Binding Financial Agreements and has presented a number of papers on the topic in recent years. He also has special knowledge of issues relating to Gender Dysphoria, having written articles and papers and appeared on television on this topic.

Outside of the Family Law jurisdiction, Maurice has represented employees, employers and insurers in work related disputes. He has acted for a NSW Statutory Authority over a long period in legal proceedings in the former Compensation Court of NSW, the District and Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia in work related matters.

Maurice has also acted for clients in non-litigious matters including the selling and purchasing of real estate and businesses (including hotels, pharmacies and service stations). He has had extensive experience in mortgage finance and leasing transactions, having acted for Banks and other Financial Institutions.

From 1988 to 2006 Maurice was a partner of Baldock Stacy & Niven and managed the Parramatta office of that firm.

In 2006, Maurice joined Watts McCray Lawyers as the firm’s Senior Consultant and in 2017 became Special Counsel.

Click on the following practice areas to review Maurice’s specific expertise.

  • Maurice heads up the firm’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Department. He trained as a Mediator and Arbitrator with AIFLAM (the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators) and also trained as a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with Bond University.

     

    In 2015, Maurice trained with Judges, Senior Lawyers, and other professionals from both Japan and Australia in an International Mediation Initiative to assist in resolving child abduction matters between Japan and Australia.

  • In addition to his expertise in International Family Law, in particular Hague Child Abduction and relocation matters, Maurice has a particular interest in the law surrounding Binding Financial Agreements and has presented a number of papers on the topic in recent years. He has special knowledge of issues relating to Gender Dysphoria, having written articles and papers and appeared on television on this topic.

  • Maurice has developed a particular expertise in International Family Law issues and has represented clients in matters under the Hague Child Abduction Convention in the Family Court of Australia, the Full Court of the Family Court and the High Court of Australia. Maurice has presented a number of papers on the Hague Conventions that relate to children. He has also trained in Japan specifically in the mediation of disputes relating to the Hague Child Abduction Convention.

  • Maurice has acted for clients in selling and purchasing of real estate and business (including hotels, pharmacies and service stations). He has had extensive experience in mortgage finance and leasing transactions, having acted for Banks and Financial Institutions.

     

    Maurice has represented employees, employers and insurers in work related disputes. He has acted for a NSW Statutory Authority over a long period in legal proceedings in the former Compensation Court of NSW, the District and Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia in work related matters.

Maurice, thank you so much. Not only have you been so clever in your work, but you have also been so good-hearted towards me. Always patient and reassuring. Thank you for keeping XXX and I safe, I will always be indebted to you. You truly are a very kind, compassionate and talented man.

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