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Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC

Sir Laurence is a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, a Knight of St John and a Grand Officer of Merit of the Order of Malta. He was formerly Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales. Sir Laurence is an Honours Graduate in Law from Sydney University and has three Honorary Doctorates in Law and an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from Australian Universities. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

When Sir Laurence left the Bench he was actively engaged in commercial mediation, dispute and probity consultancy, conducting over 2500 successful mediations and negotiations. He is the author of “Mediation – A Practical Outline” (5th Ed 2003) and has been a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles on mediation and dispute resolution. Sir Laurence was the Convenor and Chairman of the inaugural planning committee of the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre.

In 2007 he conducted the first mediation over the return to Australia of aboriginal human remains held by the National History Museum in London. In early 2008 he chaired an inquiry which led to an agreed procedural protocol between the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Intelligence and Security Organization and the Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions governing the investigation and prosecution of terrorism activities.

In 2008 he chaired an in-depth Inquiry established by the Chief of Defence into the Defence Force Disciplinary System. He has carried out a number of other public assignments including the Inquiry for the Queensland Government into the Palm Island aboriginal death in custody (2008), senior probity auditor for the Defence Department on the $8 billion dollar air warfare destroyer project (2005 continuing) and senior probity auditor for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the Immigration Detention facilities project (2007).

In recent years he was a Director, and later Chairman of the major Australian newspaper group John Fairfax Holdings Ltd and a Director of the Australian subsidiary of the Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di $iena. He has held office as Australian and World President of the International Law Association, London.

In November 2013, the Board of the then LEADR, presented this Award to Sir Laurence Street, in recognition of Sir Laurence’s sustained commitment to ADR over many years. The Board honoured the significant leadership Sir Laurence has shown in championing and promoting the use of ADR and in making ADR visible in the community. In particular, the Board recognised that Sir Laurence has been extraordinarily influential in gaining the acceptance of ADR by the judicial and broader legal community and that his efforts over the past 30 years or more have contributed to the widespread use of ADR >>

Hon. Sir Ian Barker, QC

Sir Ian's reputation as an arbitrator and mediator is grounded in a distinguished legal career. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1958, made silk in 1973 and was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1976 to 1997. On the bench he presided over much major commercial litigation and has made numerous distinguished contributions to the evolution of the New Zealand court system. He was knighted in 1994 for services to the law. He was the Judge in charge of the Commercial List from 1987 to 1997.

Sir Ian recalls that he was first exposed to mediation at a Judges’ Conference in 1995 “Several Australian LEADR people, led by the late Gaire Blunt, offered a simulated mediation to a somewhat sceptical audience. I thought at the time that here was a useful addition to the dispute resolution armoury which had great potential.” Since then, Sir Ian has gone on to conduct many commercial arbitrations and mediations. He has taken on major appointments both here and abroad and has delivered papers at numerous conferences and written articles on a wide variety of legal and ADR topics.

Sir Ian was Patron of LEADR in New Zealand since 1997 and has become patron of Resolution Institute since 1 January 2015.