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Maurice Edwards

Special Counsel

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
Mediator and Arbitrator
Office. Parramatta
ph. (02) 9635 4266
e. medwards@wattsmccray.com.au
Maurice Edwards

Maurice 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), 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 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 the Hague Conventions that relate to children.

Outside of the Family Law jurisdiction, 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 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.

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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