Shanna Quinn



Passionate about helping individuals and families navigate disputes and conflict in a fair, equitable and conciliatory manner.

Shanna Quinn's practical approach to your situation, combined with her extensive experience as a Barrister, Mediator, Forensic Social Scientist and Parenting Co-ordinator can assist you in resolving disputes or representing you in court proceedings.

Shanna has been involved in highly complex and sensitive cases relating to family and relationship law, child protection and domestic violence orders. Shanna is able to quickly comprehend her clients' needs, is adaptive and can deliver valuable, practical and prompt legal advice, mediation, parenting co-ordination and mediation training.


Shanna has experience across Australia and Hong Kong. Her multi-disciplinary background as a forensic social scientist, counsellor and barrister and has allowed her to work with clients from diverse cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Her unique professional background allows her to have a comprehensive perspective, equipping her to deal with sensitive and complex matters.


  • Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as Leading Mediator, 2019, Hong Kong.

  • Called to the Private Bar in 2011, specialising in mediation, family law matters, domestic violence and child protection.

  • Appointed Deputy Chair of the Child Death Review Panel, Queensland, 2017.

  • Established a mediation practice in Hong Kong in 1996, including the provision of mediation and training to organisations such as the Hong Kong Law Society, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Construction Development Board of Malaysia.

  • Established a mediation practice in Australia in 1990.

  • Established reputation for delivering Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) training programs to a range of organisations, including Bond University, University of Queensland, and the Law Society of Hong Kong. 1996 – present.

  • Established a private practice as a counsellor and forensic social scientist and expert witness in family law proceedings. 1988 – 2010.

  • Human Services Consultant to the Queensland Police Service during the implementation of recommendations arising from the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. 1991 – 1994.

  • Designed and implemented the Employee Assistance Program for the Brisbane City Council. 1988.

  • Supervised professional staff in the Department of Children’s Services, Queensland, in the execution of child protection responsibilities. 1983 – 1988.


  • Working with high conflict individuals and families

  • Effective advocacy

  • Ability to relate and work with clients from widely diverse cultural, racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Accomplished trainer and educator

  • Ability to mediate diverse range of family law and relationship law disputes

  • Ability to apply a unique interdisciplinary approach to practice and education

  • Program and policy development


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

  • Bachelor of Social Work

  • Master of Social Work

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution


  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Australia

  • Nationally Accredited Mediator, Australia

  • Accredited Family & General Mediator and Supervisor, Hong Kong

  • Accredited Arbitrator, Australia

  • Trained Parenting Coordinator, Association of Family Courts and Conciliation (AFCC) compliant