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What you should, and should not, expect from your Independent Children’s Lawyer 




Law Society of Tasmania

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by zoom, link and password made available to registrant by email, after approx. 5pm the day prior to event.

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The Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania presents Jacoba Brasch QC discussing what you should, and should not, expect from your Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Testimonials from Dr Brasch's last presentation for the Law Society

Fantastic presenter!

Very entertaining speaker and a lot of substance.

Really entertaining and cuts through.

Excellent, engaging and useful presentation

Knowledgeable, well delivered.


This webinar will consider:

  • The role of the ICL
    • it’s more than just getting expert reports
    • case planning and directing the traffic, but you are not the parties’ gopher
    • expertise and unconscious bias: family violence, cross-cultural matters
  • Having a position and being the honest broker
    • working to a resolution
    • what does the evidence tell you – and don’t be afraid to say it (if a sound evidential basis)
    • being wishy washy doesn’t help anyone
  • Are you (ICL) value adding: changing, reviewing or terminating the appointment of the ICL
    • mountains then mole hills (has the ICL become redundant?)
    • the special challenge where all parties are self-represented
  • Trials and Appeals
    • what should you expect from the ICL?
    • safety planning



Jacoba Brasch QC was admitted to the Bar in 2000 and has developed a practice in family law, mental health law, and customs and excise. She has appeared in matters in most States and Territories of Australia and often appears in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia. Jacoba has also appeared a number of times in the High Court of Australia with those appearances concerning customs and excise, as well as Family Law matters and the Hague Convention (child abduction).

Jacoba took Silk in 2014. Prior to coming to the Bar, Jacoba worked in law-related jobs, including Press Secretary to an Attorney-General. In 2000, Jacoba completed an LLM at New York University as a Fulbright Scholar and NYU Graduate Merit Scholar. In 2010, Jacoba graduated with a PhD from the University of New South Wales where her doctoral thesis concerned what constitutes a fair, independent and impartial trial, using Australian courts martial as her subject matter.

Jacoba holds a Bachelor of Arts, Masters in Public Administration (UQ), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (QUT), LLM (NYU) and PhD (UNSW). She has Chambers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. 



Limited seats: Please note that this webinar has an audience capacity of 100. 


Important notice: These webinars, with any associated recordings and papers (where applicable), are subject to copyright and are provided for the registrant's use only. They (including links) may not be shared. copied, reproduced, adapted, transmitted or otherwise distributed, nor may they be modified or reposted to other sites in any manner.


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