Sue Abrams

Sue Abrams has practised extensively in Family Law throughout her career spanning over 35 years. Since 1995, after obtaining Specialist Accreditation in Family Law, she has practiced exclusively in Family Law.

Sue's preferred approach to practice,  is to achieve negotiated outcomes outside the Court system.  To this end, Sue practices extensively in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, including in interstate and international collaborative law matters. Sue is also a nationally Accredited Mediator through AIFLAM and is regularly appointed as a mediator for family law matters by both the Family Court and the Family Law Profession. 

Sue is a passionate advocate of the development of collaborative practice and is the current Vice-President and past Treasurer of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals, a past president of Collaborative Professionals NSW and Central Sydney Collaborative Forum.

Sue has consistently been lauded in Doyle's Guide as a leading Family Law Specialist and in 2020, Sue was recognised in the Doyle's Family Law Guide as:

  • a Preeminent Family Lawyer in Australia for 2021,
  • a Preeminent Family Lawyer in NSW for 2021,
  • a Leading High Value and Complex Property Family Lawyer in NSW 2021,
  • a Preeminent Parenting Family Lawyer in Sydney for 2021.
  • a Pre-eminent Family Law Mediator in Sydney

Nancy Cameron

Nancy Cameron is a lawyer, writer and educator. She is a family law practitioner, whose practice is in the areas of collaborative law (BC Collaborative Roster Society), mediation (BC Law Society Certified, Mediate BC Member) and Hear the Child Reports (BC Hear the Child Roster member since inception). She teaches and trains in the inter-disciplinary model of collaborative practice, as well as other subjects in dispute resolution. She has been an adjunct professor at both the University of British Columbia Law School and is a continuing adjunct professor in the LLM for Dispute

Resolution program at Hong Kong University Faculty of Law. Ms. Cameron has written numerous articles on Collaborative Practice, as well as a book: Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue. She received her Queens Counsel Designation in 2005 and in 2019 received the BC Law Society Excellence in Family Law Award.

Kay K.W. Chan

Kay K.W. Chan was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2008 after graduating from City University of Hong Kong School of Law.  Kay was shortlisted as one of the finalists for the IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018 and was appointed as a Fellow of the International Academy of the Family Lawyers in 2020.Kay was introduced to Collaborative Practice in 2010. When the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group was set up, Kay was appointed as its Vice Chairman, a post he held till 2021.  Even though Kay cannot conduct Collaborative cases as a Collaborative Lawyer due to professional restrictions, he has been active in promoting Collaborative Practice in the local, regional and international scene.  Kay was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in 2014 and served two consecutive terms till 2020.Currently a Part-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong, Kay teaches various courses including Matrimonial Practice and Procedure.  He delivers the lecture on ADR in Family Law in this course which includes theories and skills of Collaborative Practice.  Kay has also spoken on Collaborative Practice at international conferences including LAWASIA, Australia National Mediation Conference and IACP Annual Networking and Educational Forum.

Adam B. Cordover

Adam B. Cordover is a Collaborative Lawyer and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator in Tampa, Florida, United States.  He is member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and co-chair and co-instructor of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals Inaugural Leadership Institute.  He is co-author with Forrest “Woody” Mosten of Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, published by the American Bar Association in 2018.

Adam is a founding member of the Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers and has led trainings and workshops about Collaborative Practice and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, France, and Brazil.  He is a former president of Next Generation Divorce (Tampa Bay and Greater Sarasota), growing it to become the largest collaborative practice group in North America.  In 2015, Adam stopped accepting litigation cases and now practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution.  Adam is currently accepting family law matters from throughout the State of Florida.  More information can be found about Adam at

Elizabeth Ferris 

Elizabeth Ferris is the principal and founder of Ferris Consulting. With more than 25 years of experience in legal and collaborative law marketing, business development, and strategic planning, she has advised some of the most successful family law firms and collaborative professionals in the UK and North America. She has particular experience in advising midsize law firms and professionals with niche practices, including those specializing in collaborative law, family law, ADR, mediation, estate planning, business law, criminal defense, and employment law.

Elizabeth is known for her work in guiding law firms, lawyers, and collaborative professionals to identify and communicate their brand to attract desirable and profitable clients. Her goal is to help law firms and collaborative professionals to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace, attract better—not just more—clients, and build a rewarding and fulfilling practice.

Elizabeth and her team worked with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals public education committee to create and launch the collaborative practice brand, significantly increasing awareness and demand for this dispute resolution process across the globe.

She is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject of growing a successful practice and has been published by Attorney at Work. Elizabeth has led marketing workshops and planning retreats throughout North America, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and Australia.

Before starting Ferris Consulting in 2000, Elizabeth was Vice President of Business Development for a subsidiary of a fortune 100 health care company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over a seven-year timeframe, she increased revenues from $6 million to $40 million.

Elizabeth lives in Bath, England, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She enjoys running, yoga, hiking, travel, and spending as much time as possible with her husband, daughters, and friends.

Jacinta Gallant

Jacinta Gallant is a respected Canadian collaborative lawyer, conflict trainer and innovator. She is recognized internationally for her insightful and experiential approach to teaching and managing conflict, and has been welcomed as a trainer throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Her law practice Waterstone Law Group focuses exclusively on mediation, collaborative practice and out-of-court resolution. 

Jacinta created Innovation for Lawyers to support lawyers in doing excellent work that better integrates their personal and professional values.  Jacinta’s innovative resources, Our Family in Two Homes, help clients prepare to engage deeply, and productively, in Collaborative Practice and Mediation. 

Jacinta’s ultimate goal as a trainer is to help conflict professionals engage with clients in a more meaningful way, manage conflict more effectively, and get more enjoyment out of this important work.

Goh Siu Lin

Goh Siu Lin is a partner of Messrs Kee Sern, Siu & Huey with a special interest in contentious probate, family law and child issues. Siu Lin is a trained collaborative law professional and a member of the Asia Pacific Taskforce of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

She is committed to supporting families as they navigate separation to resolve their conflicts respectfully and with dignity. She assists them to focus on their future needs and goals whilst retaining control over the outcome, prioritising the children’s interest during the transition from pre to post-divorce. She is a staunch believer in the collaborative law method which empowers families to rewrite their own family story through a new lens of positivity and peace assisted by legal, mental and financial neutrals. 


Siu Lin is the former Chairperson of the Bar Council's Family Law Committee, former Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee and past-President of the Association of Women Lawyers. She has provided expert evidence on Malaysian probate, adoption and family law used in courts of jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, France and the United Kingdom.

YAA Dato’ Setia Dr. Hj. Mohd. Na’im Hj. Mokhtar

YAA Dato’ Setia Dr. Hj. Mohd. Na’im Hj. Mokhtar graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). He obtained Masters in Laws (LLM) from University of London United Kingdom, a Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice from IIUM, a Diploma in Administration and Islamic Judiciary from IIUM and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Syariah from National University of Malaysia (UKM).
YAA Dato’ Setia Dr. was awarded the Dato' Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) by DYMM Sultan of Selangor in 2015. He was appointed as a Member of the Selangor Royal Council and conferred the title of Dato' Setia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (S.S.I.S) on 11.12.2020.

He is an Adjunct Prof of UiTM, USIM, UIAM, UniSZA and KUIM and a visiting lecturer at UKM, IIUM, and Multimedia University (MMU). He was selected as a Malaysian Chevening Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies, Oxford University, United Kingdom for 2008/2009 and as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA for 2012/2013.

He is currently the presiding Chief Justice of the  Syariah Courts of Malaysia as well as the Director General of Department of Syariah and Judiciary, Malaysia.

YAA Dato’ Setia Dr. has participated in many local, international seminars and presented papers on Islamic family law and shariah subjects in many local and overseas forums. YAA Dato’ Setia Dr. also sits as a Shariah Advisor for many local and foreign Islamic Banks and Takaful companies.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith is a family lawyer, mediator and trainer with over 30 years of experience.  For more than 20 years she has confined her practice to settlement work – Collaborative Practice and Mediation.  Victoria’s practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses. She has extensive experience dealing with complex property and support cases, with challenging dynamics.

Victoria’s life work is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity, to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy and to promote conflict literacy widely. Committed to the growth of Collaborative Practice and settlement advocacy, she presents regularly at collaborative conferences and trains lawyers and other professionals in effective conflict resolution across North America and internationally. 

She is a former Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School and a former Director of the IACP and Collaborative Practice Toronto. She is co-author of Collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes and numerous articles on CP and dispute resolution. She practices in Toronto with her daughter, Alexa Turner.

Pauline H. Tesler

Pauline H. Tesler is a specialist in family law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1984. After conducting a vigorous litigation and appellate practice for twenty years, in the mid-1990's she became a pioneer in developing and extending Collaborative Practice worldwide. Pauline co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in the late 1990’s, served as its first President, and co-founded its journal, The Collaborative Review, which she co-edited and for which she wrote articles and a regular column ( “Dear Collaborator”) during its early years. She chaired the committee that drafted the first international standards for Collaborative Practice, and chaired the first IACP Ethics Task Force. Her critically-acclaimed practice manual, Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation (published in 2001 by the American Bar Association) was the first book-length treatise for collaborative lawyers; a substantially revised third edition was published in 2016. She co-authored (with psychologist Peggy Thompson) Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move On With Your Life (HarperCollins, 2006), intended for general readers and as a practice development tool, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on collaborative practice and integrative law. Pauline has introduced thousands of lawyers and other professionals to collaborative practice in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, and Israel. She provides interdisciplinary and lawyer-only trainings as well as skill-building and practice development workshops at all levels, including cutting edge workshops in “NeuroLiteracy.” Pauline also provides mentoring, coaching, and case consultation to professionals whose cases are in difficulty. She received the first "Lawyer as Problem Solver" award from the American Bar Association in 2002, has been named a California “Superlawyer” annually for two decades, and is included in “Best Lawyers in America”.

Selina Trigg

Selina Trigg is a lawyer and mediator from Otautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of IACP and serves on several IACP Committees. Selina served for 8 years as Chair of Collaborative Resolution NZ. She has practised for over 20 years across all areas of family law. Her practice now specialises in consensual dispute resolution, a step she took towards greater wellbeing for herself and her clients. She regularly writes articles and presents workshops and trainings about Collaborative Practice. She blogs about Collaborative Practice and practising law in a way that is lighter on ourselves at The Law Lighthouse.

Katja Ziehe

Attorney-at-Law, Certified Specialist SBA Family Law, Mediator SBA, Collaborative Lawyer clp Schweiz, Professional Coach IMB

Lawyer and mediator in Küsnacht-Zurich
Admitted to the Bar in Germany since 2003
Admitted to the Bar in Zurich and Switzerland since 2003

Areas of expertise:
Family law, mediation, collaborative law & practice (CLP), coaching (individual and team coaching)