Name: Dr Rebecca Wilson (née French)
Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons)(First Class)(UWA), LLM (Melb), PhD (Melb)
Organisation: French DR Mediation Services
Immediation Practice Area: Mediation
I am the Principal of French DR Mediation Services. I am an NMAS accredited mediator and coach, and an LIV accredited mediator. As a mediator, my approach is practical, commercially focussed and adaptive to a broad range of people. My extensive legal experience means I grasp the legal and technical complexities of a wide range of disputes. Since 2011, I have also been a VCAT member and have heard and determined many cases. I have successfully conciliated and mediated many disputes at VCAT and in my private practice. My experience in hearing cases gives me a unique and down to earth perspective on the important issues (from the court’s viewpoint) in the hearing process.
At mediation, my focus is on helping the parties get to the key issues quickly and hear each other, enabling them to fully analyse the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, and their litigation risk. I achieve a consistently high settlement rate. I am outcome-focussed and assist the parties to start and continue their dialogue, moving them towards resolving the dispute.
I have been a member of various Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) committees over many years. Since 2016, this includes the LIV’s ADR committee. I am on various government and private mediation panels. I am regularly invited to speak to groups inside and outside VCAT and the legal profession, on how to successfully mediate disputes.
I chose to be a career mediator because I find it enormously rewarding to help people resolve their disputes, particularly having witnessed first-hand the hugely negative toll of litigation on their lives and businesses.