Margaret Ross is a barrister and mediator in Australia, where she has been a legal practitioner for over 30 years and a mediator for 27 years. She has mediated in excess of 1,000 disputes since 1990. She specialises in Family Law, Mediation and Dispute Management in a wide area of disputes including workplace, franchise and estates. Margaret is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She is a member of the National Board of AIFLAM (Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators), a Resolution Institute Fellow and a member of several Mediation panels, including the Office of the Mediation Adviser, the Law Society and Supreme Court of South Australia Panels, and abuse redress schemes for the Catholic and Anglican churches and the Australian Defence Force (The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce). She has conducted dispute resolution and mediation courses for several Universities and has co-designed and facilitated dispute resolution courses for government and non-government organisations in Australia. She has conducted dispute resolution training for public and private institutions in Australia, North America, Scandinavia and Central Europe. Margaret has presented at a number of conferences in relation to mediation and the law, and has published several papers on this area. For the last 6 years she and her husband Greg Rooney, together with mediator, Dr Barbara Wilson, have conducted a mediation retreat in Tuscany, Italy for experienced mediators: www.margaretross.com.au.