Chris Ward has been a litigator for nearly all of his 45+ years of practice, focusing on the areas of family law, insurance law and commercial litigation.
His current practice is in family law and family dispute mediation services.
In this specialist area of mediation, Chris draws on his extensive family law experience to assist parties to disputes. He is highly regarded for his ability to deal with people at different levels and facing different complexities in their family and relationship matters.
Chris was managing partner of Cooper Grace Ward from 2005 to 2021. In this role, he set the course for significant growth and market recognition for the firm. This included ongoing awards and achievements in areas including team culture, diversity and client service. As a founding partner of the firm, he built the commercial litigation, insurance and family law practices of Cooper Grace Ward. These practices have all grown to become market leading practices in their own right.
Chris is also the current president of Advoc Asia and the former chair of Advoc Global (2018 to 2023). Advoc is a Chambers Band One international law firm network of which Cooper Grace Ward is a member firm. Advoc brings together more than 90 law firms for the benefit of member firms and their clients throughout the world.
Chris has a demonstrated track record of building and maintaining client relationships and is committed to ensuring a high standard of client service.
In his final year as the firm’s managing partner, Chris received recognition for his service as one of Australia’s most influential lawyers in the Australasian Law Awards.
Mediation style and approach
Chris has a reputation for being very approachable, at ease dealing with people, and commercial in his considerations.
From the outset of family law mediations, his approach is to ascertain what each party hopes to achieve. He takes the time to gather these initial expectations from each party to the mediation, as well as their lawyers. Consequently, he gains the full picture of each person’s needs, which may not always be obvious from prior reading material.
Drawing on his extensive family law experience, Chris employs shuttle mediation techniques, assisting the parties to ensure they understand and ‘own’ the outcomes of the mediation.
He commits to working with the parties involved to reach a resolution, avoiding the risks and unknowns of litigation.
Family law mediation bookings
Chris conducts mediations across the eastern seaboard. He offers fee certainty by providing an all-inclusive charge that covers the mediation, prior reading and any travel costs.
To find out more or to book Chris Ward for a family law mediation, please visit our mediation services page.