Our Principal – Dr Brian Williams 

Expertise | Impartiality | Confidentiality | Respect | Sensitivity

Dr Brian Williams has devoted his career to assisting clients with Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Mediation, and with a family law, educational and community focus, he is clearly one of Australia’s most pre-eminent and highly-qualified experts working in the field.

He has substantial professional experience in law and mediation, and has also worked extensively as a senior educator, specialising in child development and the needs of exceptional students. This strong legal background and professional blend of experience has made him the perfect fit to assist his valuable clients with their crucial parenting arrangements, future planning and considerations.

Likewise, Dr Williams has considerable experience and up-to-date training in commercial, business, accounts, executive, property law and conveyancing matters, making him ideally placed to sensibly guide separating couples to work through their all-important financial and property settlements.

He has evolved as an industry leader –an exceptionally-skilled mediator of choice, preferred by both lawyers and discerning clients alike.  

With 30+ years of professional experience, Dr Williams brings maturity, unparalleled knowledge, a down-to-earth ‘can do’ approach, and great client service to Premier Mediation Australia

Throughout his successful and lengthy professional career he has helped a multitude of families, and he can help you too! 

Professional Qualifications

 FDR / Mediation Specific Qualifications

Current Accreditations

Enhanced Preparation


Brian Williams Ph.D, LLB (1st Class Honours), FDRP, NMAS Mediator

Principal’s Message 

“After decades of hands-on experience and observation, I am extremely passionate about the benefits of FDR, mediation, and all other forms of alternative dispute resolution. I especially love assisting families work through their challenges, guiding them to a new life with brighter futures.

I became a lawyer many years ago because I wanted to help people, and I now have the opportunity to do this every day. I have also had enough experience to totally understand that good people can sometimes find themselves in very challenging circumstances. Together, we can work through these challenges towards a better outcome.

I also love the community in which I work, and fully appreciate the wonderful people I meet each day who make it such an honour and privilege to do what I do.

Thank you to all my clients and referrers for entrusting me with the most valuable asset imaginable– the future lives of people and their families.”

Dr Brian Williams
Ph.D, LLB (1st Class Honours), 
FDRP, NMAS Mediator
Principal, Premier Mediation Australia

Professional Qualifications 

Ph.D – Faculty of Education Monash University (Education/Individual Special Needs/Educational Psychology)

Awarded a Peter Fensham Scholarship to complete this work. Resulting thesis later published as a university textbook

Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours)

With ‘High Distinctions’ and ‘Distinctions’ recorded for many disciplines including Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Law, Corporation Law, Trust Accounting, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Merit)

With ‘High Distinctions’ in practical units pertaining to Legal Ethics, Real Estate Practice and Conveyancing, Commercial Practice, and Accounts.

Master of Educational Studies

With ‘Distinctions’ in Individual Psychology, Guidance and Pastoral Care

Graduate Diploma of Special Education

Specialising in children with exceptional needs, and assisting families experiencing challenges and emotional hardship

Diploma of Teaching

To this day, Dr Williams has remained a registered educator with the Victorian Institute of Teaching – diligently staying up-to-date with all educational developments in a rapid-changing world.

Cert IV in Training and Assessment

FDR/Mediation Specific Qualifications

Full Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution – Mediation Institute Pty Ltd
NMAS Graduate – Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme
Certificate in Collaborative Family Law and Divorce Coaching - Brisbane Family Law Centre

Fully approved to satisfy the practice guidelines for effective case management issued by the Law Council of Australia and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Child Inclusive Mediator and Counsellor – Children Beyond Dispute
  • Certified in Child Inclusive Mediation and Counselling
  • Completed YCIDS Program – Young Children in Divorce and Separation
Certified Trainer - New Ways For Families: Parenting Without Conflict Program
Certificate in On-Line Video Meeting Facilitation – Mediation Institute Pty Ltd

As the needs arise, Dr Williams is fully at ease mediating either face-to-face, or remotely on-line.

Certificate in Property Family Dispute Resolution – Mediation Institute Pty Ltd

Dr Williams has maintained fully up-to-date training in commercial, financial, child support, property and conveyancing matters, allowing him to provide sensible assistance to separating couples negotiating their financial settlements.

Current Accreditations

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner – Fully Accredited with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department
National Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme (NMAS)
Admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Supreme and High Courts
Registered Educator – Victorian Institute of Teaching
Approved Licensed Provider - New Ways For Families (High Conflict Institute USA)
Prolific and respected author

Enhanced Preparation

Both as an instructor and learner, our Principal Dr Brian Williams is enthusiastically committed to maintaining on-going professional development. He believes that this is pivotal to providing clients with the best and most up-to-date service possible.

 Some of his enrichments in recent years (although not limited to) include:


  •  Leo Cussen Centre of Law
    Numerous updates including practical mediation and alternative dispute resolution skills, full Family Law Workshops and those dealing with Family Law legislative and procedural updates, family violence interventions, restraining/intervention orders, parenting orders, and property matters involving complex financial settlements – real estate, conveyancing, business interests, trusts, farms and superannuation etc.
  • Conducting a Quality Audit (BSBAUD504) – Gray Management Systems 
  • Reporting on a Quality Audit (BSBAUD504) – Gray Management Systems 
  • Certificate in Effective Communication/Conflict Resolution (10470 Vic) – Leadership Management Australia 
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors – Successfully completed Company Director’s Course


The Principal Dr Brian Williams is an active member and prominent participant in the following associations:

  • Member of the Mediation Institute Inc
  • Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network
  • Member of Australian Mediation Association
  • Member of the Victorian Association For Dispute Resolution Inc
  • Member of the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network
  • Family Property – Full Practitioner Subscriber
  • New Ways For Families (High Conflict Institute USA) – Approved Licensed Provider

Reasonable Fee Structure

By deliberately keeping our costs and overheads low, and streamlining our processes, we pass on the savings to our clients and offer very reasonable rates.

We have developed a simple, fixed fee model, based on an hourly rate per person. Effectively, this means that our clients only pay for the services that they use, and not for any add-ons.

Testimonials – Kind Words

‘Thank you for assisting with our mediation at short notice. You were methodical throughout and you really know your stuff. Based on this experience, I would happily recommend your service’.

Premier Mediation Australia Client Feedback – December 2020

Free Consultation/Diagnostic Session

We offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation for all potential clients, during which we can discuss the circumstances of your particular case and provide guidance about the best ways for you to move forward. Call us today on 0477 130 667.

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You can also send through a contact form to Premier Mediation Australia. We will be in touch promptly to discuss your needs and requirements and assist you to achieve the best outcome for your family.


Monday           – By appointment
Tuesday           – By appointment
Wednesday     – By appointment
Thursday         – By appointment
Friday               – By appointment
Saturday          – By appointment
Sunday             – By appointment

For face-to-face mediations, we have excellent access to numerous private facilities all across Melbourne and Victorian regional areas. Suitable meeting rooms can be arranged depending on client’s needs and convenience.

 All of our on-line services are available both locally and Australia-wide.