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Accredited Family Law Mediator

Ian Shann

Accredited Family Mediator in Perth

Ian Shann is the principal family mediator and director of Move On. Move On offers effective and affordable family mediation for separating couples.

Ian’s commitment is simple – to help keep separated couples out of the Family Court and minimise their need for lawyers, saving them time, money and anguish. Under Ian’s guidance, separated couples are able to Move On with their lives through family mediation.

Ian became a practicing family lawyer in 1991. He experienced first-hand when his first marriage broke down how a dispute carried on through the Family Court could turn into a two-year long experience! This provided Ian with some of the most important insights into how the family law legal system really works. That’s when he realised that a much better alternative was family mediation.

Ian has been a nationally accredited family mediator in Perth since 2008. He is also a nationally accredited Family Law Arbitrator and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. He has also undertaken training as an Independent Child Representative.

In 2013 Ian formed the mediation practice, Shann Mediation & Dispute Resolution, specialising in family dispute resolution, particularly in disputes where family lawyers were involved.

He established Move On in 2017 with one objective: to reduce stress by resolving family law disputes quickly and cost-effectively and, importantly, away from arguments in the Family Court.

Ian formed and managed Shann Family Lawyers from 1995 to 2008 and became an Accredited Family Law Specialist in 1997. He was National Family Law Practice Leader of Slater & Gordon from 2010-2014, trailblazed fixed fees in family law matters and wrote the book Know Where You Stand, a practical guide to family law and how to resolve matters simply, quickly and cost-effectively.

In 2016 Ian decided that the best contribution he could make in the face of an overburdened, struggling family law system, would be to set up a solution-focused, cost and time friendly alternative – and so Move On was born.

Contact us now about family mediation and find out how we can help you move on.

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  • BA, LLB (Hons) ANU
  • NMAS Accredited Mediator (LEADR–2008; AIFLAM-2013)
  • Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (R1004896-2014)
  • Accredited Arbitrator (AIFLAM-2001)
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist (1997-2015)
  • Barrister & Solicitor (Vic-1974) (WA-1992)
  • Practising Family Lawyer (WA-1991-2008, 2014-current; Vic-2009-14)
  • Principal Shann Family Lawyers 1995-2008
  • National Practice Leader Family Law, Slater & Gordon 2010-14
  • Principal Shann Mediation & Dispute Resolution 2014-current
  • Author: “Know Where You Stand – A Guide to Family Law” (2012)

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“My experience with thousands of clients over 25 years as a family lawyer tells me that most people really just want to find sensible and fair solutions and move on with their lives after a relationship breakdown”.

Ian Shann, Move On Mediation

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Units 20-21, 210 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle, 6159