Ann-Maree McDiarmid was first admitted to practice as a Barrister in 1992. Ann-Maree specializes in family and de facto relationships law. She holds a Master of Laws from Monash University. She is an experienced advocate and mediator, presently in private practice at the Brisbane Bar.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Ann-Maree recently to discuss key challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.
You can find the full Q&A below.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, (experience, your practice, what you’re working on. etc)
I am an experienced Family Law Barrister. I was first admitted in 1992. In my early days I conducted a general practice at a regional Bar and I have also worked at the Victorian Bar. I have been at the Brisbane Bar since 2000.
I am currently working on a property trial which is coming up in Melbourne which involves some interesting legal issues. I am also involved in a long-running case parenting case about flight risk.
From your experience, what in your opinion are some of the key challenges facing family lawyers today?
In my view the key challenge facing family lawyers today is the under-resourcing of our courts. This impacts practitioners and clients.
Your topic focuses on ‘Alteration of Property Interests: Practical Considerations’, why is it important for practitioners to attend your session?
My topic focuses on common areas of dispute in property settlements and picks up some recent cases which practitioners should be aware of.
What do you see are some of the key takeaways and benefits for practitioners for their practice from attending your session?
I will look at some recent cases and offer practical tips in terms of drawing evidence, framing orders and addressing some key issues. My session will summarise and simplify the cases and place them in a context which practitioners will readily find useful in their practice.
You can hear more from Ann-Maree at the Family Law: Practical Property Matters and Conflicts of Interest seminar, being held on Thursday 23 November at the Mercure Hotel Brisbane.