Full Name: Gerard Holmes
Phone: +61 3 9225 6535
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0725
Date of Admission: 1 Nov 1978
Called to the Bar: 26 May 1994
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 24 Jul 2008
Accredited as Mediator: 30 Nov 1995


Gerard has been a lawyer for many years having graduated in ’78 with Law and Economics degrees , practising as a solicitor until march ’94 when called to the Bar to read with Dan Sweeney.

As Counsel he has been involved in high profile financial and parenting cases.He has participated in  many mediations since ’84 when he was first accredited as a mediator both as Counsel and as Mediator. He understands and values the benefits of Mediation and Arbitration as a form of dispute resolution.Gerard is also an accredited Arbitrator.

He has been active in committees within the LIV and continues that commitment as the Vic Bar rep on the LIV Court’s Practice Committee.

Gerard was awarded the Law Institute Award for Family Law for several years and was one of the first solicitors to become an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

He has written and presented many papers and articles on aspects of Family law including advocacy, evidence, financial and parenting matters.

He realises there is a less-serious side to the Law and at one stage in his carreer he and some colleagues had their own radio programme entitled “putting on the writs!” on an FM station in Melbourne.

He has also been a board member of Relationships Australia and member of the Family Law and Psychology Association of Australia.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators.

Accredited as Arbitrator: 9/10/2015

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

Commercial Law

  • Property & Probate

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision
  • Wills & Probate

Family Law

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • (Committee Member) Family Law Bar Association

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