Ross McSwan BA, LLB, LLM, Prof. Cert Med. Arb, RANR

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under professional standards legislation.


Contact details


P (07) 5451 1811

F (07) 5451 1866

M 0421 997 554

Ross McSwan is committed to the management of legal issues at the earliest opportunity and by the most informal means. His interests are family law, employment law, administrative law, commercial litigation and local government law.

PO Box 650 Cotton Tree Q 4558






Ross was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and as a barrister in 2007. Following a number of years in a successful general law practice involving family law, rural conveyancing and commercial litigation Ross relocated to the Northern Territory.  He attained unique experience in Darwin and later Maroochydore as the coordinator of family mediation programs approved by the federal government.  In 2004 he founded the boutique dispute resolution firm Paxis Dispute Solutions.



Ross is recognized as a mediator by the Queensland Bar Association.   He has over 2000 hours mediation experience attained through resolving disputes for:

v     the Australian Defence Force;

v     State and Local Government;

v     separating couples; and

v     private enterprise.



As a Senior Case Officer on contract to the Child Support Agency Ross conducted over 800 conferences and settled the attending Notices of Decision.  Ross is qualified as a Grade 3 Arbitrator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators.  Ross is appointed to the Review Panel for the SEQ Code of Conduct for Local Government Councilors.


Australian Defence Force

Ross is a Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Navy Reserve (Legal Corps) and he conducts mediations, workplace conferences and assessments of mediators.  He was one of the first mediators to be appointed by the ADF to resolve complex workplace disputes.



Ross has lectured and acted as a tutor in universities in business law, MBA and dispute resolution programs.  He holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace training and he acts as a coach on mediation courses conducted by Bond University and LEADR.  Ross conducts education and awareness programs and the topics include Codes of Conduct, Workplace harassment, mediation for managers, workplace investigations and how to have a difficult conversation.


Qualifications and interests

Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and has specialised in dispute resolution through completion of a Master of Laws and the Professional Certificate in Mediation and Arbitration.


Ross supports the local community as the President of the Sunshine Coast Legal Service and as an active member of the Alexandra Headlands Surf Lifesaving Club.  He is a committee member of the Australian Institute of Management (Sunshine Coast Branch).