a refreshing and individual approach to family law


Anu Osborne

Anu is a senior family law practitioner and one of the leading collaborative lawyers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Having practiced family law for 30 years, she has seen what extended conflict, litigation, and drawn-out proceedings in the court system can do to individuals and families. Because of this, Anu focuses her practice exclusively on resolving disputes. She draws on her skills in collaborative law, mediation, conflict coaching, negotiation, counseling, professional cocahing and spiritual direction, to design the ideal path and experience for each client.

Anu has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Law, and a Masters of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall, the esteemed law school at York University in Toronto. She has extensive training and experience in conflict resolution, mediation, collaborative law and collaborative divorce. She is a teacher and trainer of conflict resolution and collaborative law. She is certified by Family Mediation Canada as a Comprehensive Family Mediator. She is also a certified Spiritual Director.

Anu is actively involved in Collaborative Practice Manitoba, has served on its board and has provided education and training to its members for many years. Currently, she serves on the Steering Committee and the Management Committee, and is the chair of the Training Committee.

In addition to being a teacher and trainer, Anu is a consultant, writer and speaker on conflict resolution and collaborative law. She has been a contributing writer for Collaborative Review, the professional journal of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She also wrote a column on Conflict and Collaboration for Headnotes and Footnotes, the journal of the Manitoba Bar Association, and received an award for her contributions.

Anu has taught negotiations and interviewing skills for CPLED (the bar admissions program) for the Law Society of Manitoba, conflict resolution for Mediation Services in Winnipeg, and ethics at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

Her service and membership in the legal profession is extensive and includes the role of Chair of the National Family Law and National ADR sections of the Canadian Bar Association. She has also served on the competence and disciplinary committees of The Law Society of Manitoba.

Anu has volunteered on the boards and committees of many charitable organizations including United Way of Winnipeg, Family Mediation Manitoba, and LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund).