Maurice is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), Mediator, and trained 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 30 years legal experience in assisting clients to resolve their Family Law issues, in both complex financial, and parenting matters.
Maurice’s experience in a wide variety of legal areas over many years has assisted his understanding of the everyday problems confronting clients, particularly when they are also facing the additional pressures of family law issues.
Maurice’s training as a Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, coupled with his ability to listen, enables Maurice to analyse and recommend appropriate and practical solutions to clients. In his practise of law, Maurice strives to ensure that his calm and easygoing manner assists clients in easing their anxiety as they face significant changes and challenges in their personal and working lives.
Maurice encourages clients to consider the use of alternate dispute resolution methods as a way of resolving disputes outside of Court, and uses his knowledge and experience to negotiate beneficial outcomes for clients.
Maurice grew up in Coffs Harbour, NSW and completed his secondary education at Coffs Harbour High School in 1976 where he was School Captain. Maurice completed his Bachelor of Arts/Laws degree at Macquarie University in 1981. He resided on campus at Robert Menzies College during that period where he was President of the Student Council.
Upon completion of his tertiary education, Maurice was employed by the firm, Baldock Stacy & Niven in Orange. In 1988, Maurice opened and managed the Parramatta branch of that firm. From 1988 to 2006 Maurice was the senior partner of that firm at Parramatta and, during that period, supervised many lawyers in various areas of legal practice.
In 2006, Maurice joined Watts McCray Lawyers as the firm’s Senior Consultant.
Maurice was appointed Special Counsel/Mediator to Watts McCray in 2016.
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Maurice heads up our Alternate Dispute Resolution Area. He trained as a Mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with Bond University and trained as an Arbitrator with AIFLAM (the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators).
In 2015, Maurice trained with Judges, Senior Lawyers, and others from both Japan and Australia in an International Mediation Initiative to assist in attempting to resolve matters relating to child abductions between Japan and Australia.
Maurice has also presented detailed papers on Binding Financial Agreements and the way in which the Courts have interpreted them over the last 15 years.
Maurice has developed a particular interest in International Family Law issues and has represented clients in matters under both the Hague Child Abduction Convention and the Hague Child Protection 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 those Hague Conventions and on issues generally (including International Relocation).
Maurice represented the mother in a leading Hague Child Abduction Case of Harris v Harris where the return of a child to Norway from Australia was refused by the Full Court (and special leave to the High Court was also refused) in circumstances where the Courts regarded there was a grave risk that the child would be exposed to harm or be placed in an intolerable situation if a Return Order was made.
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 clients in work related disputes, representing employees, employers and insurers. He has acted for a large 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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