Vice President

Mr Justin Dowd, AM

Partner | Watts McCray (AUSTRALIA)

Justin Dowd was President of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2012. He has served on many Law Society Committees including Family Issues (Co-Chair 2007-2011), Dispute Resolution and Professional Conduct. He was also Chair of the Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee for many years.

Since 1995 Justin has been a partner at Watts McCray, a specialist family law practice which has grown to be one of the largest specialist family law practices in Australia.


J Dowd, Profile

He specialises in international family law matters and is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Collaborative Lawyers and an associate of the International Family Law Group, based in London. Justin was accredited as a Specialist in Family Law in 1994 and is also an accredited arbitrator in family law.
Justin is a longstanding member of LAWASIA, including LAWASIA’s Family Law and Children’s Rights Section, as well as the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Justin has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Council of Australia and in 2013 Justin was elected to the Executive Committee of Lawasia and Vice President in 2014.
Justin was the primary convenor of the Australian Family Lawyers Conference for over 15 years. He is a member of the Board of the World Congress on Children’s Rights and Family Law, an international congress convened to highlight and progress children’s rights internationally.
Justin is an author of the family law section of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Australian Practical Forms and Precedents and the principal author of the Lexis Nexis online service, Practical Guidance in Family Law. He has written many articles and presentations on family law, nationally and internationally.