Our Team

Centre Mediators

MURRAY BRUCE

LL.B (Hons), MQLS, PRIMed, NMAS, FDRP

Accreditations & Registrations:

  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS Accreditation Standards)
  • Member Resolution Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Queensland Law Society Approved Mediator

Murray is a nationally accredited, registered and experienced Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). Murray’s use of his skills, knowledge and experience gives the parties the best chance of resolving their dispute with mutually beneficial outcomes.

With Murray you get more than just an accredited and experienced Mediator: He draws skills from being legally trained and from many years of being involved in most aspects of dispute resolution. The parties benefit from Murray being able to impart his knowledge as to the many pitfalls and disadvantages of having a dispute escalate to a Court or Tribunal Judgment where, generally, the parties lose the ability to control the outcome and will be mostly disappointed with the result, the significant costs and inconvenience.

Murray, with his knowledge and experience, will assist parties (whether self-represented or attending with legal representation) to identify and focus on the important aspects of their matter in dispute, if that’s what is called for. But, more importantly, he also has the ability to isolate and grapple with what’s really important to each party, empathise with their interests and needs, find shared goals and middle ground, and bring a perspective of realism, future focused results and practicality to the outcome.

As an FDRP, for parenting and family property disputes, Murray ensures that, where necessary, the parties’ safety, security and comfort are recognised, that their needs and interests are recognised and that outcomes are practical and, for parenting matters, child focused.

 

Professional background:  After completing a Law Degree with Honours in 1995, Murray went on to practice as a Solicitor, Solicitor Advocate and Barrister with initial accreditation in 2003 as a Mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA – now the Resolution Institute), and approval as Mediator with the Victorian Bar, Supreme Court of Queensland and the Queensland Law Society.  Murray now holds NMAS Accreditation, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner accreditation and registration with the Attorney-General’s Department (Commonwealth), a Professional registration with the Resolution Institute and is a recognised and approved Mediator of the Queensland Law Society. 

 

Co-mediation – Working in Partnership

Nicole and Murray work together to provide to the parties the benefit of a gender balance co-mediation team with differing mediation styles and backgrounds. 

NICOLE BRUCE

PRIMed, NMAS, FDRP

Accreditations & Registrations:

  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
  • Child Consultant
  • NMAS Accredited (National Mediator Accreditation Standards)
  • Resolution Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Nicole has been in leadership and coaching roles for over 20 years in both the private and public sectors. With a strong background in conflict resolution, Nicole’s training has given her the skills, ability and experience to mediate disputes and to assist the parties to change the way they deal with their differences.

Nicole’s focus, as a FDRP, is to ensure children have a meaningful relationship with each parent, where appropriate, and to achieve this, Nicole offers a cost-effective service to allow separating families to access private mediation in a timely manner. Nicole knows that children benefit when their conflicting parents resolve their issues and work together as co-parents. 

Nicole is also a Child Consultant, who values the benefit of Child-Inclusive mediation to realign co-parenting by focusing on the experiences and needs of the children. Nicole represents the “child’s voice” in mediation to help separating parents to improve their level of co-operation and shared decision making by operating in a child focus way. 

Nicole found her passion of helping others through difficult times when working in the public sector where she assisted vulnerable people after life changing events such as leaving the family home due to separation or domestic violence. Nicole’s natural skill set and ability to build relationships with people from all backgrounds produces exceptional results for her clients.

 

Co-mediation – Working in Partnership

Nicole and Murray work together to provide to the parties the benefit of a gender balance co-mediation team with differing mediation styles and backgrounds. 

Panel Mediators

JULANN TIERNAN

LL.B (Hons), Acc Spec (Fam), NMAS

Accreditations & Registrations:

  • Accredited Specialist (Family Law) Member
  • Queensland Law Society Member
  • NMAS Accreditation – Mediator
  • Australian Mediators Association
  • Member Gold Coast District Law Association
  • Member Family Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Member Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia

Julann brings a calm and empathetic approach to her mediations, ensuring clients are supported to engage for positive change.

Julann Tiernan is a highly skilled lawyer who has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2010. Over the last decade, Julann has gained multiple accreditations and qualifications to make her skill set unique including as Director of a Family Law Firm, Specialist Accreditation and as a Collaboratively Trained Lawyer.

Julann has previously spent 9 years as a Police officer in the Queensland Police Service. After discovering a passion for law, Julann completed her Bachelor of Laws with Honours at Bond University in 2005 with her post graduate practical legal training at QUT in 2006. Julann then worked in multiple Family Law Firms on the Gold Coast from 2010-2018 where she gained countless connections in the Family Law Industry in Queensland working closely with other firms, Barristers, Mediators and Judges.

In 2017, Julann completed her Specialist Accreditation in Family Law with the Queensland Law Society and opened her own law firm in 2018, Tiernan Family Law. She is currently the Legal Practice Director of Tiernan Family Law.

After spending the last ten years becoming an expert in the Family Law field, Julann decided to turn her focus to becoming Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Mediator.  During 2021 Julann has acquired a NMAS Mediator’s Accreditation and is set to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice in February 2022.

Julann’s experience, individual skill set, and family Law industry connections – together with her child-focussed approach – make her an exceptionally good Family Lawyer and the perfect candidate for a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Julann’s dedication to achieving results in all her dealings, ensures all her clients receive exceptional service, and have confidence in the knowledge that they have achieved the best outcome possible.

Administration

CHIARA GERARD

Office Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III Business Administration
  • Certificate II in Business 
  • Certificate II in Computer Technologies 
  • Certificate II in Visual Arts

Chiara has been working with Stradbroke Dispute Resolution Centre since July 2021 and is the friendly voice who greets you when you phone our centre. Chiara assist in all aspects from taking and managing bookings, running the day-to-day business and supporting the centre Mediators with administrative task.

Chiara first started her career in the Legal industry in 2015, where she completed a Certificate III in Business Administration whilst working as a receptionist for a boutique Family Law Firm. During her five years there, she worked alongside Family Lawyers as a Legal Administration Assistant as well as Personal Assistant to the Director of the firm. 

Between her professional roles she began her new role as a mother to her beautiful son Reign, in January 2020.