Sydney Mediation Partnership provides mediation services to assist clients with constructive ways to sort out disputes. Areas of practice include commercial and business disputes, workplace relations, family law, relationship issues, wills and estates, construction, schools, neighbourhood disputes, consumer rights and small claims.

Our mediators have backgrounds in law and dispute resolution. Nicky McWilliam and Danielle Jaku-Greenfield are very aware of the pitfalls of litigation and the advantages of mediation and other ways to sort out conflicts and issues in a variety of contexts.

Sydney Mediation Partnership has an extensive referral network to assist clients in the management and/or resolution of their issues. Whilst our mediators do not give legal advice, they can refer clients to specialist lawyers. We are also able, where necessary or requested, to recommend counsellors and psychologists.


Danielle Jaku-Greenfield



“I first became an FDRP to complement my family law practice. I found it so rewarding that I transitioned out of legal practice to grow my own mediation practice. Being the impartial third party facilitating discussion, rather than acting for one side or another, is a very satisfying job”.

Danielle’s background is in family law, practising both in private practice and as a volunteer solicitor for the Inner City Legal Centre and the Family Court. She trained as a mediator and registered family dispute resolution practitioner to help clients communicate their way to a more positive future for their children.

She has experience in family and general mediation. Her Masters thesis in 2005-2006 was specifically about the reforms to the family law system, including the introduction of mandatory mediation. In her practice as both a lawyer and mediator, Danielle has been committed to providing a high level of empathy, client care and guidance.

Danielle has lectured for The College of Law since 2010, both in the Masters of Applied Law (Family Law) and more recently in the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, that she was instrumental in launching. Her experience includes lecturing at universities to undergraduate law students, primarily in family law.

Danielle is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS).

In Danielle’s other life, she writes for magazines about everything from interior design to teaching kids a foreign language.

Nicky McWilliam

BA LLB LLM (dispute resolution) PhD (Law) FDRP NMAS Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, UTS


Nicky is a recipient of the 2013 LEADR Award for Significant Contribution to ADR.

Nicky has experience in  commercial, business, workplace, construction, family and general mediation.

Nicky practised as a lawyer in private practice in Sydney at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Linklaters and Allens) and a London city law firm, working in the commercial and finance areas. Nicky has experience working as a part-time academic in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology involved in subject areas including: introductory legal studies, introductory dispute resolution, children and the law and juvenile justice, family law and legal remedies. Nicky holds a Masters of Law majoring in dispute resolution and has a PhD in law in mediation and dispute resolution.

Nicky is currently involved with government, commercial and community organizations in relation to dispute management programs in workplace, commercial and corrections communities. Nicky is accredited with the National Accreditation Mediation System (NMAS) and is registered with the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department as an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).

Nicky holds an appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology.