Marguerite Desmond. B.A./L.L.B
Lawyer and NMAS Nationally accredited Mediator

Email address:
Mobile: 0418 303 185


Monash University
Bachelor of Arts B.A. – 1977
Bachelor of Law L.L.B – 1979

Admitted to
- Supreme Court of Victoria – 1980
- Federal Court and High Court of Australia – 1980
- Supreme Court of N.S.W – 1986
- Victorian Bar – 2002
- Accredited Mediator with LEADR – 2004
- Latrobe University Advanced Mediation Workshop – 2004
- Bond University Advanced Mediators Course in Family Law – 2004
- Child Representative Course run by the Law Council of Australia in conjunction with Legal Aid – 2004
- National Accreditated Mediator with NMAS – 2014

Entitled to Practice
Australian Lawyer

Currently practicing as a Mediator in all jurisdictions including commercial and business disputes.

I am available for mediations being LEADR accredited and also accredited under the National Standards as a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS).

Member of the Arts/Law Council of Australia as a mediator

2009: NMIT lecturer

  • Trust accounts
  • Family law
  • Also updated lecturing manual in Family law.

2002 – 2009: Barrister at the Victorian Bar

I have the experience and skills to explore issues and assist parties in disputes find options and achieve best outcomes in areas including:

  • Business, Commercial and Succession planning
  • Consumer and Trade practices related claims and Contractual disputes
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Franchising, Retail Tenancy, Domestic and commercial building
  • Tribunal Hearings arising as Work place disputes
  • Administrative law
  • Personal injury and insurance litigations
  • Property transactions,
  • Planning disputes, neighbourhood and amenity related issues
  • Property, including contested “complex” property matters involving large businesses, trusts and superannuation matters
  • Commercial claims and disputes
  • Civil litigation
  • Small businesses
  • Building disputes
  • Construction and Real property
  • Estates and Wills
  • Commercial contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • Taxation matters
  • Trusts
  • Superannuation
  • Work, Health and Safety
  • Environment and Planning
  • Workers compensation
  • Workplace relations/bullying and harassment
  • Probate – Testators Family Maintenance disputes
  • Equal Opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • Criminal law
  • Migration and Bankruptcy
  • VCAT – guardianship, anti-discrimination and building disputes
  • Round table disputes
  • Family law matters in both the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court – including Dissolution and Custody matters
  • Contested residence matters
  • Relocation matters
  • Child Representative work
  • De- facto Family law and property matters
  • Drawing legal submissions, documents and advice

As a seasoned Solicitor during the period 1980 – 2002 also extensive experience as a Solicitor and Advocate in all jurisdictions advising and acting for lawyers and the Australian Government Solicitor advising and appearing in large and complex commercial disputes relating to legal costs.

Also during the period 1998 – 2001 acted as a Volunteer Solicitor at Fitzroy Legal Aid Centre.


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