Margaret Halsmith is the Principal at Halsmith Dispute Resolution. She has been in practice for over 18 years and is an enthusiastic provider of best practice Mediation for two or more participants and of Dispute Resolution Coaching for individuals.

Margaret came to Dispute Resolution after a career in psychology and education, including extensive experience with organisations and families. Among her areas of particular interest are: maximizing the effectiveness of Dispute Resolution; standards of Dispute Resolution practice; Dispute Resolution when there is entrenched conflict; the role of apology in Dispute Resolution and participants’ overall wellbeing, during and after Dispute Resolution.

Main Mediation Practice Areas

Margaret mediates a wide variety of two party and multiparty disputes for government, business, families and individuals. She is experienced in all aspects of Elder mediation including Family Dispute Resolution, Inheritance, Reparative, Reconnection, Wills, Aged Care, Family Business, Disability, Employment, Succession and Workplace.


Margaret mediates in a facilitative style. She designs and facilitates an environment in which each participant listens generously to each other participant, thinks productively about the agreed issues and speaks with moderation on each of the issues one issue at a time, before collectively considering wide ranging options then making wise decisions.

Margaret conscientiously uses her experience and the insights she has gained to continually improve her practice. Margaret takes part in regular clinical supervision of her practice.

Professional affiliations

Margaret is passionate about the potential for mediation to contribute to community harmony and commits to this as:

LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers:  Chair Australasian Board

IMI (International Mediation Institute) Independent Standards Commission: a Vice Chair

WADRA: Deputy Convenor


Accredited Mediator NMAS Accredited Mediator IMI
Accredited Mediator Advanced LEADR Accredited & Registered FDR Practitioner
Appointed mediator under Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth) and

Principles 2000 – 2008



Contact details


08 9388 1272