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Find a mediator search help

The Find a mediator tab in Find a Lawyer lets you search for a solicitor who practices any type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (of which mediation is one).

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to the settlement of disagreements outside of the Court system. The different types of ADR are described in the information below.

General search tips

  • You do not have to fill out all the fields. The more fields you complete, the more specific your search results will be.
  • If you receive no matches to your search, there are no solicitors registered with the Law Society who meet all the criteria you entered. To widen the search results you may need to remove one or more of the criteria.
  • Text entered into the fields is case insensitive.

Name fields

If you know all or part of the ADR specialists' name, enter one of more of the:

  • Last name (family name / surname)
  • Other name (first name / given name).

Click the down arrow to select:

  • 'partial' if you know some of the letters within the name
  • 'exact”' if you know the exact spelling of the name
  • 'fuzzy' if you know the general sound of the name.

Suburb field

Enter the first three letters of the Suburb to display a list of all cities, towns and suburbs in NSW beginning with these letters in alphabetical order.

You can then either type the suburb name in full or scroll down the list. For the latter, click on your chosen suburb in the list to select it.

Region field

Use this field to locate a solicitor within a particular geographical area. This is useful to find a solicitor located close to you if you have not been able to find one in your particular city/town/suburb.

The 'Interstate' options in this field can be used to find solicitors who are located in other Australian states and territories but who practise in NSW.

For a statewide search, including interstate practitioners, leave on the default 'All Regions' and make sure the Suburb field is also clear.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioner field

If you are not sure what type of practitioner you want, leave on the default option of ‘Any ADR Specialist’.

If you want to find a particular type of practitioner, click on the down arrow symbol. Below is an explanation of the different terms in the drop-down list.


Arbitration is a formal way of resolving a dispute in which the opposing parties present their case to an independent third person, the arbitrator. After hearing the opposing cases and evidence, the arbitrator then makes a determination. The people in the dispute are bound by the arbitrator's decision.


Evaluation allows disputing parties to obtain a reasoned, non-binding assessment of their case from a neutral third party called an evaluator. Evaluation is aimed at people whose disputes are at a pre-trial stage and who want to understand the likely results of going to Court.


Mediation is a means of resolving a dispute whereby a neutral person, the mediator, helps the disagreeing parties reach a solution during a confidential, face-to-face meeting. The mediator helps the parties clarify the disputed issues and identify possible options but does not impose a decision. Mediators are not supposed to offer legal advice.

Language (other than English) field

Use this field to locate an ADR specialist who speaks another language besides English.

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