Prior to joining the University Felicity worked as a partner and subsequently a consultant in private practice for large law firms primarily in Newcastle but also in Queensland specialising in civil litigation. As a result of this focus Felicity has developed an interest in different ways to resolve disputes avoiding litigation where possible and helped establish a pilot program for mediation in the District Court in Newcastle. Felicity graduated from the United Kingdom and studied at the College of Law in Guildford and later was required to complete the College of Law course in Sydney to be admitted as a solicitor in NSW. As a result, Felicity was invited to submit a paper on her perceptions of legal training in the UK versus legal training in Australia. During her time as a solicitor Felicity was invited to serve on an Operations Review Committee for ICAC, was President of NSW Young Lawyers and also President of the Newcastle Law Society. When Felicity first started working in Newcastle as a female practitioner there were only a handful of female solicitors. When she was appointed Partner in Charge of the Newcastle office of a law firm the fact that she was female was still a matter for comment. Felicity aims to help make this type of distinction redundant. Joining the University as a solicitor in the legal centre and teaching students has been and continues to be an enormous opportunity to develop as a lawyer and teacher and to hopefully pass on hard earned knowledge to emerging lawyers.
LLB (Hons), Graduate Certificate in Practice of Tertiary Teaching, Admitted as Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1985), Accredited Mediator
Alternative Dispute Resolution, civil procedure
Books and Monographs
Assisted and co-wrote First Edition Young Lawyer publication Older People and the Law
Co-wrote Young Lawyer publication Workers Compensation Handbook
Practical Legal Training courses Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conveyancing, supervision of law students in placement at legal centre.
Membership of Societies and Professional Bodies
Practical Legal Training courses Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conveyancing, supervision of law students in placement at legal centre