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Patrick Parkinson AM


Patrick Parkinson is a consultant at iFLG, Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and one of the world’s leading family law academics as well as an Australian solicitor. He has particular expertise on parenting after separation, relocation, child support, and complex property matters. He is special counsel at Watts McCray, Sydney and Canberra, iFLG’s associated law firm in Australia. Professor Parkinson was the President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011-2014.

From 2004 to 2007, Professor Parkinson was Chair of the Family Law Council which advises the Australian government on family law issues. He also chaired the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support in 2004 to 2005 which led to major changes in the child support scheme. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chair of a major review of the NSW law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

He has on several occasions been invited to meet with UK Government Ministers and officials to discuss English family law reform.

Patrick is frequently invited as a speaker at national and international family law conferences. He has written extensively on family law issues

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on family law worldwide to iFLG. His leading research into the effects on child of international families on moving across national borders is of benefit to all our clients. He is able to provide specialist support in cases that require complex legal arguments.

Patrick studied Law at the University of Oxford and did a Masters’ degree at the University of Illinois(LL.M.). He has held positions at the University of Illinois and at the University of Wales, Cardiff. In 1986 he moved to Australia to teach at the University of Sydney, and has been there ever since. He has also held visiting positions at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and the University of Florida.

In 2009 he was appointed to the Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) which is awarded for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group. Patrick’s citation was awarded for his service to the law and to legal education, particularly in the areas of family and child protection law, as an author, through contributions to policy reform, and to the community.