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Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator 

The Honourable Colin Forrest SC

Retired Trial Judge and experienced Arbitrator, Mediator and Barrister in Brisbane, Colin Forrest SC, has now returned to practice at the Bar after having served as a Trial Judge of the Family Court of Australia for the past ten years.

Colin now provides his highly sought-after services as an Arbitrator and Mediator in all family law disputes in Brisbane and across Australia. His Mediator services are also available in other areas of law including (but not limited to) succession law, administrative law, and anti-discrimination law.

He is also open to accepting instructions to appear in coronial inquests and to join boards or commissions of inquiry.

Colin also provides advice and coaching services to family law solicitors, for them and their clients. If you are a solicitor who would like to discuss what advice and coaching services Colin can provide and on what terms, please contact Colin through his Executive Assistant, Ms. Ly Bui, at his chambers using the contact details provided below.

Please be aware that Colin will only accept instructions from solicitors and not on a direct access briefing basis from litigants who do not have legal representation.

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Where are Colin's Chambers located?

Colin’s chambers are located in the Brisbane CBD legal quarter beside the Riverside Expressway, on Level 4 of Quay Central at 95 North Quay, Brisbane City. All visits to his Chambers must be arranged by prior appointment. 

The building houses a number of very suitable facilities for arbitrations and mediations, as does the Inns of Court located next door, all available for use at reasonable fees.

Colin's services are available across Australia

For clients located further afield who cannot make it to the Brisbane chambers, Colin is prepared to travel anywhere in Australia to conduct mediations and arbitrations.

Require Colin’s arbitration or mediation services?

Please check his upcoming availability on the calendar below. To make an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact his Executive Assistant, Ms. Ly Bui, by telephone on (07) 3236 3965 or by email on Ly@colinforrest.com.au.

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areas of expertise

Learn more about the mediation and arbitration services offered:

Barrister

Colin accepts instructions to appear in coronial inquests, and on boards and commissions of inquiry, as well as other similar fora.

Mediator

Colin accepts instructions from solicitors to conduct mediations in family law disputes, succession law, administrative law and anti-discrimination matters.

Arbitrator

Colin accepts engagement from solicitors to act as an arbitrator in family law property disputes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Helping clients find outcomes which are mutually acceptable

To help decide if Colin Forrest's arbitration and mediation services meet your needs, please read the answers to the common questions Colin is asked, below. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for answers to any other questions you may have:

Colin completed his undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1986. For his Arts Degree, he majored in Industrial Relations, but also studied Political Science, Philosophy and German.

Before completing university, he had three separate gap years studying and working in Germany, Japan, and the Northern Territory respectively. Colin still retains reasonable fluency in German and can speak some Japanese.

During his Northern Territory gap year, Colin spent a lot of time working with, and relating to, indigenous Australians.

He spent all of 1987 as Legal Associate to Justice Michael Kirby, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was also admitted to the NSW Bar that year.

In 1988, Colin moved to Brisbane and worked for two years as a solicitor for the CBD firm of Goss Downey Carne.

In 1990, he was called to the Queensland Bar and, over twenty years, established a practice specializing in family law and succession law.

Whilst at the Bar, Colin spent several years as a part-time member of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He was later appointed as a part-time member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and, when that Tribunal became part of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, he became a sessional member of QCAT.

In the 2000’s, whilst maintaining his private practice at the Bar, Colin served several years as Deputy Public Interest Monitor and then several years as the Public Interest Monitor under Queensland’s Police Powers and Responsibilities legislation and the Commonwealth’s Anti-Terrorism legislation.

He also served as the Queensland Bar Association’s representative on the Queensland Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee, and as a member of the Executive of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland including a term as its President.

Colin also served on the Human Research Ethics Advisory Committee of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and in 2010, he was appointed as Senior Counsel.

Between 2011 and 2021, he was a member of the Trial Division of the Family Court of Australia, based in the Brisbane Registry. In that time, he served as Case Management Judge in his home Registry, as a member of the Chief Justice’s Policy Advisory Committee and as the Family Court’s representative on the combined federal courts’ Children’s Committee.

Colin published over five hundred written judgments during his time on the Court, and on occasion, sat with Appeal Division Judges on the Full Court in determination of appeals.

During long-service leave in 2016, he spent six weeks in Timor-Leste building relationships with Timorese Judges, NGO’s in the justice sector, lawyers and community groups in that country.

In 2019, Colin also commenced part-time studies at the University of Queensland towards a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and as of March 2021, he has completed one-third of the course work requirements.

Colin is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM), the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and he is on the Council of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Colin is a regulation 67B Family Law arbitrator accredited through AIFLAM. He is also an NMAS national mediator accredited through AIFLAM. He has conducted countless mediations assisting separated couples to resolve their property disputes both before his appointment to the Family Court and since his retirement from the bench.

Colin has presented many papers at conferences all over Australia and overseas. 

Just check the Calendar below and then contact Colin Forrest's Executive Assistant, Ms Ly Bui, to make a booking.  

Please contact Colin's Executive Assistant, Ms Ly Bui, to discuss the costs of mediation and arbitration services as they apply to your particular circumstances.

Colin is prepared to conduct mediation or arbitration services in appropriate rooms chosen by the solicitors and their clients anywhere in Australia.

Quay Central at 95 North Quay - the building in which Colin's chambers are located in Brisbane (chambers are on the 4th floor), has a great mediation centre on its first floor available to Colin's clients at very competitive rates. So too, does the Inns of Court Building next door on its 5th floor.

Please note that all visits to Colin's Brisbane Chambers must be arranged by prior appointment. 

Calendar of availability

Check Colin's upcoming availability

Take a look at the calendar below to see upcoming dates available for arbitration and mediation, or to inquire about other legal services Colin can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact his Executive Assistant, Ms. Ly Bui, by telephone on (07) 3236 3965 or by email at Ly@colinforrest.com.au.

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Call: (07) 3236 3965
Email: Ly@colinforrest.com.au

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