Farrar Gesini Dunn has been announced as one of the local finalists for the ACT Law Society’s 2022 ACT Law Firm of the Year, recognized for its “innovative approach to family law.”
FARRAR Gesini Dunn has been announced as one of the local finalists for the ACT Law Society’s 2022 Law Firm of the Year Award.
With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and locally at their Civic Office, Farrar Gesini Dunn was one of the first law firms in Australia to practice family law exclusively, says Kasey Fox, Director of Family Law.
The Law Society ACT recognized Farrar Gesini Dunn as a finalist for his “innovative approach to family law.”
“We were the first to adopt collaborative law, which offers clients involved in family law disputes an alternative route to resolving the dispute without going to court,” says Kasey.
“The parties and their attorneys sign a contract agreeing not to go to court (or threaten the court) and thereafter the attorneys and parties work as a team to collectively resolve the dispute in a compatible manner. with the interests of both parties.
“We were one of the first firms to start using collaborative law in Australia and we continue to champion this process with our clients and other members of the profession,” she says.
As part of Farrar Gesini Dunn’s dispute resolution options, they have an intensive resolution process called “Resolve by Sunday.”
“The concept is simple – an estranged couple base themselves in the same place for an entire weekend, with the people they need to help them resolve their settlement in a quick way,” Kasey explains.
The aim of the weekend is to “settle by Sunday”, thus avoiding the negative effects of a long, contradictory and potentially acrimonious separation.
“We also have an in-house child and family specialist who can be involved in the process, to support the emotional needs of the parties and help bring children’s voices to the discussions,” says Kasey.
CEO Jim Dunn says, “We understand that separation and post-separation parenting can be a traumatic and unsettling experience for all family members.
“While we believe we provide exceptional service and legal advice, we wanted to connect more personally with our clients, deepen our understanding of them and their families, and meet their needs more comprehensively.
“It informed Farrar Gesini Dunn’s decision to create a multidisciplinary team of professionals to support children and families through the process.
“Our child and family specialist works closely with our clients. Together, we are a team that carefully considers what is important to you and your children and keeps that point front and center while formulating a strategy on how to get through the separation and divorce process as efficiently as possible, while minimizing the negative effects for you and your children.”
Family attorney Daniel Magnussen and director Kasey Fox lead the recently launched LGBTIQ Legal Service at Farrar Gesini Dunn.
This service aims to provide advice and assistance to LGBTIQ people, particularly in matters of domestic violence and family law.
“For many LGBTIQ people, there are real barriers to accessing help in situations of domestic and family violence,” says Daniel.
“Our LGBTIQ legal department seeks to overcome the barriers faced by the LGBTIQ community by providing specialized service to LGBTIQ clients who face these issues or who would prefer to see a lawyer with experience and an understanding of the unique issues and barriers. against members of the LGBTIQ community.
The ACT Law Society also recognized Farrar Gesini Dunn’s commitment to women in the workplace stating, “This focus is evident in their staffing, with women making up 60% of their leadership positions and 84 % Staff.
Kasey Fox says, “One of our core values is to foster a work environment that supports our lives, sees the strengths in our differences and values women.
“The number of women we have is a testament to the fact that we live and breathe this core value every day.”
She says the company greatly appreciates the support it can offer the community and local charities such as Karinya House through its annual charity golf days.
The winner of the Law Society’s ACT Law Firm of the Year award will be announced at the Law Society’s annual dinner and awards night on November 4.
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