Catherine Gale

Catherine Gale is the Director of Resolve Conflict Lawyers and Mediators, a boutique Melbourne based family law firm specialising in alternative dispute resolution. Catherine graduated from the University of Melbourne Law School in 1975 and is a Collaborative Family Lawyer, accredited Mediator and accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Catherine has 36 years experience helping family law clients reach mutually acceptable solutions.

In 2012 Catherine served as President of the Law Council of Australia being only the third woman to do so in the Law Council’s history. Catherine is also a former President of the Law Institute of Victoria, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a strong interest in corporate governance. She currently serves on the board of College of Law Victoria (COLV), the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation, the Law Institute of Victoria and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Catherine has been at the forefront of the introduction and development of Collaborative Law in Australia. She is the chair of the Law Council of Australia’s National Collaborative Practice Committee. In 2012 Catherine was appointed as a sessional lecturer in the Law School at Monash University, the first university in Australia to teach Collaborative Law as a subject. Catherine is also the author of numerous articles, papers and publications on family law and associated topics, and two books.


  • Former President Law Council of Australia (LCA) 2012
  • Former President, Law Institute of Victoria 2006
  • Executive Member of LawAsia
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Board Member International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Chair, Law Council of Australia National Collaborative Practice Committee
  • Non-Executive Director, College of Law Victoria
  • Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Sessional Lecturer, Monash University Law School in Collaborative Law
  • Member, Audit and Finance Committee, Law Institute of Victoria



  • Author “Divorce – An Australian Men’s’ Guide.” 1985
  • Author “Divorce – An Australian Women’s’ Guide” 1983