To act as a mediator in the Law Society Mediation Program, a solicitor must first become a member of the Law Society's Mediators Panel.
There are also continuing obligations for membership, which are overseen by the Law Society's Dispute Resolution Committee.
Who can become a member
To qualify for membership of the Law Society Mediators Panel, you must:
- be a Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
- hold a current NSW Practising Certificate and appropriate professional indemnity insurance for acting as a mediator
- have practised as a solicitor or barrister for at least 5 years
- be nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System
Applying for membership
Membership of the Law Society Mediators Panel is voluntary and is invited every two years.
Before applying, applicants should read the Law Society Mediators Panel Selection Criteria and the Dispute Resolution Kit , paying particular attention to the terms and fee schedule of the Agreement to Mediate under the Program.
Solicitors who are accredited as mediators by the Law Society of NSW are automatically appointed to the Panel.
Solicitors who are accredited with a RMAB other than the Law Society of NSW, will need to apply for membership of the Law Society Mediators Panel.
What are the continuing responsibilities?
Panel membership is a privilege, not a right, and requires practitioners to fulfil continuing obligations to the profession and to maintain professional standards. Non-fulfilment of these obligations may lead to removal from the Panel.
The requirements are:
- a minimum of 5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in mediation every year
- participation in co-mediation or mentoring of less experienced mediator who may wish to qualify for the Panel
- upholding professional standards, including practising in accordance with the Guidelines for Legal Practitioners who Act as Mediators and or such other codes of conduct or guidelines as are adopted by the Law Society.
The Dispute Resolution Committee strongly recommends that mediators debrief with an experienced mediator from the Panel after every mediation.
Can I still apply if I don't meet all the criteria?
The Dispute Resolution Committee may exercise a discretion to allow membership to the Mediators Panel where there is a minor deviation from the criteria, subject to conditions such as the completion of certain CLE, mentoring or co-mediation practice.
The Dispute Resolution Committee also reserves the right to offer membership to those who may not strictly meet the training and experience requirements, but may otherwise have experience or training of value to the profession.
If you require further information, please contact the Dispute Resolution Legal Officer, Policy & Practice Department on (02) 9926 0396.
- The Law Society of New South Wales
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- Sydney NSW 2000
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