Year of Call: 1979
Year of Silk: 2006
Douglas accepts instructions to act as a mediator.
Douglas commenced practice at the bar in 1980. Until his retirement from practice as a barrister, he had accumulated a wealth of experience in commercial, property, equity, trusts, wills, and estate law. He took Silk in 2006.
Douglas served as an elected member of the Queensland Bar Council for 18 years and within that time served as Honorary Secretary for four years, and its Honorary Treasurer for another four. He was part of the Queensland Bar’s ADR Committee from its inception until 2022 and promoted professional development by engaging world-renowned speakers from home and abroad for mediators’ conferences. He also chaired the Succession and Elder Law Committee until 2021.
He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Bar Association in November 2019 for his many years of voluntary effort.
Douglas has been mediating since the mid 1990’s. He was accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) at its inception in 2008 and he has been re-accredited ever since. He is also accredited under the Farm Business Debt Mediation Act 2017 (Qld).
He undertook extensive training at the Centre of Dispute Resolution at Bond University, the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University in California and further expert training at the American Institute of Mediation, in Los Angeles. Douglas has continuously increased his practice as a mediator and enhanced his reputation as an expert in the mediation field having been recognized as such in Who’s Who Legal.
In 2013, Douglas was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (aimed.org) in Toronto in 2013 and in 2021 he became the first Australian to be elected to the IAM Board of Governors. He was also a member and director of the Mediator Standards Board that governs the Australian national accreditation standards system (NMAS) from 2015 until 2022.