DA Family Lawyers Lunch Box Seminars 2017

Our accredited family law specialist and accredited mediator, Deborah Awyzio and experienced family law solicitors Lisa Foley and Hayley Hinchy present family law lunch box seminars on specific issues such as domestic violence, preparing for mediation, the Hague Convention and surrogacy. See the list of seminars below.

Join us in our private and personal boardroom for a light lunch and a seminar of valuable information, useful tips and general professional discussions with your industry colleagues. With strictly limited places available and no costs involved, register now to secure your seat.

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Upcoming Seminars:

Lunch Box Seminar #1, 2018: A Will is not always a dead giveaway

Host: Hayley Hinchy
Date: February 7, 2018
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

For the first of our lunchbox seminars for 2018, our Associate Solicitor Hayley Hinchy will be talking about the importance of advising clients to review and consider updating their estate planning documents as soon as possible post separation.  Hayley will provide practical tips to ensure your clients are not left without a valid estate plan.

The seminar will be held at the DA Family Lawyers office, located at Level 8, 183 North Quay, Brisbane. We invite anyone who may be interested in this topic to attend. A delicious lunch will be provided.

Past Seminars:

Lunch Box Seminar #10: Tips on mediation

Host: Deborah Awyzio
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

DA Family Lawyers are proud to present our last Lunch Box Seminar of 2017, which will be held on the 15 November 2017 12.30pm till 2pm in relation to tips on Mediation by Deborah Awyzio.

Deborah will be discussing:

  1. The benefits of parties being in the same room for mediation;
  2. The preparation tasks for mediation to make it a success; and
  3. Understanding based mediation models.


Lunch Box Seminar #9: Disclosure in Family Law Matters

Host: Lisa Foley
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

For the second in our Lunch Box Seminar Series for 2017 our Lisa Foley discusses disclosure and asks – are we getting it right?

The Lunch Box Seminar will explore:

  • What are your client’s disclosure obligations- do they ever end?
  • Can the other side not disclose and get away with it? What are the consequences of non-disclosure? and
  • Some practical tips for keeping on top of disclosure.

Lunch Box Seminar #8: “I want to move away with the kids”

Host: Alison Allen
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

DA Family Lawyers are proud to present our 8th Lunch Box Seminar, which will be held on the 23 May 2017 12.30pm till 2pm in relation to relocation in parenting matters.

“I want to move away with the kids”.

Family lawyers often hear this from their clients. In the first lunchbox seminar of 2017, Alison Allen will deliver a detailed presentation on the issue of relocation. Alison will discuss:-

  • when to bring an application to relocate;
  • the material should be put before the court; and
  • what matters the court will consider when determining an application.

To conclude the presentation, Alison will touch on applying for a recovery order.

Lunch box Seminar #1 – Preparing for Mediation

UPDATE: DA Family Lawyers held their very first lunchbox seminar today! The topic was Preparing for Mediation presented by our own Deborah Awyzio and Lisa Foley. Thanks to all those who attended.

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Host: Deborah Awyzio
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2015
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

What steps can you take to better prepare for mediation? In this session Deborah will provide you with useful tips to ensure you have a successful mediation. Deborah will discuss the types of documents you can be preparing as your matter progresses which will assist you to have the most effective mediation. She will also provide insight around the type of information you can provide to the mediator so that the mediator is fully informed about the parties positions, enabling the mediator to assist the parties to reach a negotiated agreement.

Lunch box Seminar #2 – Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Host: Lisa Foley
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Are you interested in learning about the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Join Lisa as she discusses what is involved and provides practical tips and advice about what a parent can do if they have concerns their child will be taken overseas.

Lunch box Seminar #3 – Surrogacy laws in Queensland

Host: Deborah Awyzio
Date: Wednesday 3 February 2016
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Expand your current legal services by assisting client’s wanting to enter into a surrogacy arrangement. In this session Deborah will discuss the surrogacy laws in Queensland. She will also explore the potential hurdles and costs your client may have to overcome, and what information you can provide to make this process as smooth as possible.

Lunch box Seminar #4 – Domestic Violence

Due to the success of our lunchbox seminars so far, we have decided to continue these, with the next session targeted at addressing the topical issue of domestic violence. We will look at the outcomes of the QLS Domestic Violence Working Group (chaired by our Deborah Awyzio), recent developments in domestic violence case law, and also provide some practical tips for working with clients and acting in domestic violence matters in light of the recent increase in political attention with respect to these issues.

The lunchbox seminar will be held on 10 May 2016 at 12.30pm at the offices of DA Family Lawyers located at Level 8, 183 North Quay, Brisbane. We invite anyone that may be interested in such topic and a delicious lunch will be provided. To register to attend this event, please email Office Manager, Amy Ferguson at amy@dafamilylawyers.com.au.

Lunch Box Seminar #5 – Financial Agreements Prior to Marriage

On 5 July 2016 our Director, Deborah Awyzio and Senior Managing Solicitor Lisa Foley provided practical guidance for solicitors when preparing Financial Agreements prior to marriage and discussed the proposed amendments to the Family Law Act that affect Financial Agreements.

Lunch Box Seminar #6 – Preparing Clients For Family Reports

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For the 6th in our lunchbox seminar series, Naomi Lewis delivered a detailed presentation on how to prepare clients for the family report interview process in parenting matters.

Naomi spoke about the conversations that we as solicitors should have with our clients prior to the interview process to give them an all important “heads up” as to what to expect in the process and how it could impact their case going forward. Naomi explored the key topics that report writers focus on, being:

  • Parental functionality (including family history, alcohol and drug use, mental health issues)
  • Parental relationship history and issues pertaining to separation
  • The co-parenting relationship post separation and issues underpinning each party’s proposal

Naomi also explored the issue of how our clients should be communicating with the children about the process prior to interviews.

Naomi spoke about the key messages that she likes her clients to take away from the pre-family report interview conference she conducts with clients; and also her own “to do” list of what she does to ensure clients are appropriately supported through the process from start to finish.

Lunchbox Seminar #7 – Amending or Setting Aside Property Orders








For our 7th and final lunchbox seminar of the year our Associate Solicitors, Naomi Lewis and Alison Allen discussed amending and setting aside property orders. Naomi and Alison addressed:

  1. The slip rule and when it’s appropriate and/or necessary to use it.
  2. Our ethical obligations for us as legal practitioners when errors arise in orders
  3. The requirements for making a successful application under s79A or s90SN to set aside property orders
  4. The procedural matters do we need to be on top of when traversing these areas

Naomi and Alison provided some examples from matters managed by DA Family Lawyers where errors arose in property orders or a client wished to have an order set aside under s79a or s90SN.

Following on from this topic, we will host a lunch box seminar in 2017 addressing appeals, particularly for property matters. Watch this space.