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Mark MacDiarmid is accredited as a specialist in family law by the Law Society of NSW, having become a lawyer in 1986 after graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney.  He is also both a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and an Accredited Mediator under the National Meditator Accreditation System. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution from the Australian Institute of Social Relations, and is a member of the NSW Legal Aid Commission’s Independent Children’s Lawyer and Mental Health Advocacy Panels. He is a member of the Law Society of NSW,  the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a practitioner member of LEADR and a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.

Mark was recently interviewed by the Law Society Journal; to read the full article click here.

Mark is able to provide mediation services for all types of disputes, and is accredited by the Federal Attorney General’s Department to provide compulsory Family Dispute Resolution and to issue s60I Certificates under the Family Law Act for disputes involving children. Mark is also a member of the NSW Law Society’s Mediator Panel and the NSW District Court Mediators Panel.

Mark has worked as an academic, lecturing at the University of Western Sydney’s School of Law. Prior to his admission as a solicitor Mark served for several years as a seaman officer with the Royal Australian Navy both in Australia and overseas.

For the first ten or so years of his legal career, Mark worked in the Sydney CBD, practicing in both family and commercial law. In 2001, he left his position as a Director at national commercial law firm Gadens Lawyers and moved to the Blue Mountains where he became Principal Solicitor at Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre, a non-government organisation providing free legal assistance to people in social and economic disadvantage across the Blue Mountains, Greater Lithgow, Bathurst, Oberon and Mudgee regions.

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Mark is in demand as a presenter of professional development training for other lawyers, and regularly provides continuing professional development seminars and papers through organisations such as the College of Law, Legalwise Seminars, iCLE and the Television Education Network. Samples of some of Mark’s papers can he found here. He also presents seminars in family law and elder law to a variety of community groups and organisations through Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre.

Mark is active in a number of community organisations. He is a current board member of Connect Child & Family Services in the Blue Mountains, and a former board member of both Gunedoo Child Protection Service and Blue Mountains Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service. He is a regular solicitor volunteer at Macquarie Legal Centre in Parramatta, and he provides pro bono family law advice and mentoring to lawyers and advocates working in a number of other Community Legal Centres and tenancy services across NSW.

In addition to his extensive experience in both family and commercial law, Mark has taught interpersonal skills to a variety of groups including lawyers, community welfare students, and special needs teachers. He has written for professional journals including the Law Society Journal and The Alternative Law Journal; his most recent published articles have focussed on Binding Financial Agreements, family dispute resolution and human rights law.