Dispute Resolver Directory
40 years' experience in construction industry, both building and engineering construction, including over 20 years of employment by contractors as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, Contracts Administrator, Contracts Manager and Commercial Manager. Claims formulation, assessment and negotiation, including exposure to all forms of dispute resolution processes. 20 years’ experience consulting on construction-related issues. Preparation of Expert Reports and giving Expert Evidence in formal proceedings. Contract Review and negotiation, project risk assessment, preparation of commercial strategies for the delivery and recovery of projects. Project auditing and financial reporting. Development, review and auditing of contract administration procedures. Preparation of training courses and conducting training on contract administration.
Jon has in excess of 20 years experience in commercial litigation with an emphasis on contract disputes, insolvency law and building and construction. Jon handles the dispute resolution and management section of the firm. Jon is an accredited mediator (through the Bond University) and an Accredited Arbitrator (Grade 2).
Admitted SA 1968, also NSW, VIC and NT. Arbitrator, mediator, and litigator in construction and engineering disputes over 20 years. Past Chairman SA Chapter IAMA. LEADR, Law Society ADR Committee member. Numerous published articles, including computerisation, evidence, litigation support, tendering, variations, mediation and arbitration. Many Australian and overseas speaking engagements. Honorary Solicitor Gymnastics (SA).
1965 - 1967 N.S.W. Public Works Department - Cadet Engineer. 1968 - 1980 Various supervisory and management positions in the construction industry in NSW, ACT and Queensland, ranging from Foreman to Managing Director. 1980 - 1983 Building Consultancy / Paralegal 1983 to date Professional practice as a barrister in New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory of Australia, in building, engineering design and construction, marine engineering, professional liability, property damage, intellectual property and general commercial and contractual disputes ranging in value up to approx Aus$100 million. 1985 to date Arbitrator, Court-appointed Referee, Expert Determiner/Appraiser, Mediator or Adjudicator in various building, engineering, shipbuilding, intellectual property and commercial disputes in Australasia and Asia, ranging in value up to approx. Aus$75 million. 2000 - 2002 IAMA National President 1999 - 2004 IAMA National Executive 1997 - 2005 IAMA National Council, including Chairman of the Education & Professional Development Committee from 2000 to 2003, Chairman of the Journal Committee from 2000 to 2005, and Member of the Practice Notes Rules & By-laws Committee (to 2003) and the Professional Affairs Committee 1999 - 2005 Director - Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Ltd Robert Hunt is a Grade 1 Arbitrator and accredited as a Mediator and Adjudicator by IAMA. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator on the London Panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of numerous other dispute resolution panels in Australia and overseas. He has been particularly active in promoting prompt and cost-effective resolution of technical and commercial disputes, and has spoken on this topic at various Conferences in Australia and overseas. He drafted the IAMA Rules for the Conduct of Commercial Arbitrations (incorporating the Expedited Arbitration Rules) 1999, the IAMA Expert Determination Rules 2001, the IAMA Mediation and Conciliation Rules 2001, the IAMA Industry and Consumer Scheme Rules 2001 and the IAMA / Australian Seed Federation Dispute Resolution Scheme (for the Domestic Trade in Seed for Sowing Purposes and for the Management of Intellectual Property) 2005. In addition to writing various IAMA Practice Notes, he is the author of 'Establishing the Basis for Arbitration and ADR' and 'The Trade Practices Act and Associated Legislation" chapters in 'A Guide to Arbitration Practice in Australia' (University of Adelaide), as well as a number of published articles on dispute resolution and dispute avoidance in various professional journals in Australia and overseas. His areas of Dispute Resolution Practice Expertise are as follows: Agricultural business / Products / Livestock Construction - Major Commercial and Industrial Construction - Design / Architecture / Documentation Construction - Civil Engineering and Mining Business to Business Sales / Contracts / Performance Insurance / Actuarial / Loss Adjustment Intellectual Property / Brands / Trademarks Legal Services Maritime Industry Mining Industry
BRYAN AHERNCANBERRA ACT
Extensive experience in civil and building construction, property development and maintenance works. Consultant in commercial contracts in all stages from concept development through to documentation, tendering, administration, and dispute resolution.
Ahern Construction Dispute Consultants provides specialist consultancy services to the construction industry. We provide straightforward and cost-effective solutions to construction disputes, contract reviews, and Security of Payments claims.
William (Tim) Sullivan
Construction Contract Administration and Representation Prolongation, Acceleration and Time Extension Claims Breach, Variation and Latent Condition Claims Quantification of Claims and Damages Contract and Quality Assurance Documentation, Pre and Post contract Review Management of Disputes and Dispute Avoidance Dispute Resolution - Submissions, Arbitration, References, Expert Determination, Mediation, Negotiation, Adjudication Conduct of Multi Party and Complex Arbitrations, References and Mediations Contract Risk Review and Analysis
Brydget Barker-Hudson (Medius Creating ResolutionQueensland - Townsville-based,
Expertise all forms dispute resolution - Mediation, Family Mediation, Conciliation, Facilitation, Restorative Practice, Arbitration, Med-arb.
Professional focus - Resources - Mining, environment, agriculture fisheries, aquaculture, forestry.
Business - SMBE, Franchising, Commercial disputes. Workplace, Environmental, Medical / Health-related
Family - Law - Children and Property; Succession and Elder negotiations
Culturally appropriate practice Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Pacific, Japanese and Korean, Ethnic and religious communities
Richard C MachellPerth, Western Australia
Richard is an experienced arbitrator including as to expert determinations, an independent expert, adjudicator and mediator in construction and related disputes at all levels and has worked in the civil, commercial, residential and industrial construction industry for 40 years including as a builder and project manager, architect and lecturer at tertiary level.
Jennifer Harden JonesPerth Western Australia
Jennifer Harden Jones is an Arbitrator specialising in construction and IT disputes.
She has extensive experience as a Construction Superintendent and IT management roles. These roles have included contract creation and negotiation in both the construction and IT industries.
Jennifer provides contract and dispute resolution consultancy to prevent and manage any potential disputes, thereby saving time and money for the client. She also offers consultancy services when clients require advice and assistance in negotiations to achieve an optimal solution.
Barrister at Law since 1995. Member Bar Associations Qld & NSW. Admitted in Qld; NSW; Vic; ACT; England and Wales (The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple); and New York (Attorney at Law). Mediated or appeared for parties in numerous mediations as well as appearing for parties as Counsel in all Courts including 17 appearances in the High Court of Australia. Practice areas include general commercial litigation, contract, equity, remedies, trusts & estates, banking & finance, insolvency, professional negligence, public law, ADR.
Chris PittsNSW Mediation Conflict Coaching
Workplace and commercial mediation, dispute avoidance and ADR services.
Dispute avoidance and resolution involving either employees and /or managers /directors/ partners with employment and inter-personnel issues;
Contractual disputes involving contracts, franchises, projects, IT, professional services and consumers.
Elder mediation involving families and their support team.
Mark is a barrister practising in Brisbane with over 25 years experience in commercial litigation and construction law and has both published and lectured extensively. In addition to advising and representing parties in their disputes Mark has also acted as mediator in over 150 disputes over the last 15 years.
Mark holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws and is a Registered Adjudicator in Queensland under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004.
Resolution of commercial and construction disputes as arbitrator, expert determiner and mediator.
I have acted as a third party neutral in several hundred disputes, as an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator, expert determiner and as a member of various statutory tribunals. The amounts in dispute ranged from $5,000 to $70 million.
I have broad experience in all types of commercial disputes, including building and construction, contracts and commercial agreements, companies and partnerships, superannuation, planning and development, valuation, trade practices, access disputes and customs law.
I have been appointed in both international and domestic arbitrations.
Arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator - construction, commercial, community. I have run my own practice in project recovery and dispute resolution since 2008. In 40 years experience of international construction experience I developed profitable consultancy businesses in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. I help clients to resolve their disputes by investigating the best ADR process (or processes) to use in their particular circumstances. I'm a strategic thinker, an empathetic listener and solution driven.
Rob ZikmannSydney and NSW
I am an experienced dispute resolution specialist. I have an above average success rate in resolving difficult and protracted disputes.
I am a barrister at the NSW Bar with a specialisation in Building and Construction. After 20 years as a professional consultant and project manager in the building industry I became interested in dispute resolution and have since made this my primary area of professional practice. I am an experienced mediator, grade 1 arbitrator, expert determiner and adjudicator. As a result of my unique mix of practical and legal experienced I am well placed to assist parties in finding cost effective and workable solutions to their disputes.
Although my primary area of practice is in building and construction I am available to mediate in all types of disputes where creative problem solving and good "people skills" are required.
I am "the Pathfinder"
Senior Contracts Administrator (Public Major Works Contracting) Overview of responsibilities for management of contracts management functions: " Management of tender and contracting process in ensuring appropriate probity and contestability standards are maintained. " Coordinating and managing efficient and effective contract management of contract agreements " Executing contracts under seal as delegate for the Minister (as Principal). " Managing and ensuring risk provisions of insurance requirements are in place and maintained for a Departmental perspective. Managing insurance agreements on capital works contracts. " Responsible for ensuring tender and contract management maintains government prudential legal and treasury requirements are maintained " Act as the principal representative for Building Management in liaising with the Crown Solicitors Office in dealing with significant matters " Providing high-level advice to senior manager/directors on contract issues within DAIS and with other departments. " Advising industry partners on contractual and industry issues. " Advising contract principles and managing dispute resolution procedures " Managing reporting functions to the Minister on contract engagements. Construction Manager Responsible for complete construction of allocated building projects, direct supervision of site supervisors, allocation of labour resources, budgeting, programming and successfully handing over projects to government clients Building Construction Employed in positions of project manager, construction manager, estimator/administrator on projects from residential to major commercial industrial.
Karyn Reardon specialises in resolution of large construction and engineering disputes. Karyn has first hand experience in the construction industry having worked for one of Australasia's largest rural construction companies. Karyn also has teaching experience with QUT and has conducted on-site training for corporate clients. Karyn has represented parties in a wide range of construction and engineering disputes including: � disputes arising from a wide range of engineering projects including projects for the construction of roads, rail lines, mines and a bulk sugar terminal � disputes arising from commercial construction projects including a major Olympics 2000 venue and the Queensland Cultural Centre � disputes arising from various retail construction projects � disputes arising from residential low rise and high rise construction projects Presentations � 2 October 2003 - briefing Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (Queensland Chapter): The Future of Expert Determinations (Age Old Builders v Swintons) � 6 March 2003 - briefing Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (Queensland Chapter): Assessment of Damages for Misleading and Deceptive Conduct (I&L Securities Pty Ltd v HTW Valuers (Brisbane) Pty Ltd). � March 2002 - briefing National Association of Women in Construction (Qld chapter): Consequences of the Subcontractors' Charges Amendment Act. � December 1999 - briefing Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (Queensland Chapter): Issues arising from the Queensland Building Services Authority Amendment Act of relevance to arbitrators. � September 1999 - briefing Australian Industry Group: How will its members be affected by the Queensland Building Services Authority Amendment Act.
Marina DulhuntyHunter, Hawkesbury, Sydney
Insurance, superannuation, Family Provision Act matters, estates, Industrial relations and employment, Trusts, equity, winding-up, racehorse/syndication disputes, Retail Leases, loans, mortgage possession matters, debt matters, costs assessment as a Supreme Court costs assessor since 2002.
Nicholas Floreani is an experienced ADR practitioner specialising in building, construction and engineering disputes.
He is admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of South Australia and New South Wales and a solicitor of England and Wales. He practises from Jeffcott Chambers in Adelaide.
Nick is an accredited Mediator, Arbitrator and Adjudicator in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Prior to joining Jeffcott Chambers, he gained experience in complex international and domestic construction disputes whilst at the New South Wales Bar and with the law firm, Allen Allen & Hemsley, Sydney and later Clifford Chance, London.
Ross heads up our Corporate Property and Construction group in Brisbane. He has significant knowledge of, and experience in, the construction arena including: drafting major construction contracts; advising on commercial and civil construction projects; project realignment, renegotiation and financing; risk management, compliance and dispute resolution; deputations to Government on law and building industry reform; and legislative compliance. Ross is a graded arbitrator and a court accredited mediator. Ross has conducted arbitrated, conciliated, mediated and facilitated dispute resolution of a wide range of construction disputes both in the traditional form of construction claims and also in relation to industrial and workplace relation claims arising from projects.
Resolving disputes commercially and cost effectively allows parties to get on with their business. I have represented clients in many mediations and arbitrations and as a graded arbitrator have conducted a number of arbitrations and delivered awards following lengthy contested hearings and submissions. Main areas of expertise include property, franchising, building, banking and finance and general commercial disputes.
Derek John HamiltonMelbourne CBD & regional areas
Construction/Design/Project Mgt/ Business Mgt Private and Public Sector Infrastructure Engineer - Civil Highways, Road and Street Engineering Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Earthworks, Concreting Steel structural fabrication Town planning, Business Management. WHS, Quality and Environmental systems.
Dispute resolution in Arbitration, Expert Determination, Mediation, Negotiation . Over 30 years professional Civil Engineering experience and 20 years - dispute resolution. Co-ordinates and Guest lecture - subject Civil Engineering Construction at Monash University Clayton. Trains Engineers and supervisors in Cranes and Lifting. reading load charts and lift plans.
Derek J Hamilton BE Civil CPEmg NPER GDipMEM, GCWE MBA MBus Coach PCArb MIEAust
David Thyer is a Grade 1 Arbitrator, Expert Determiner, an Accredited Mediator and an Accredited Adjudicator in building and construction disputes. David has extensive experience in dealing with disputes between principals, contractors, subcontractors and consultants on commercial, industrial and domestic projects. David as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Expert and Mediator has dealt with amounts in dispute up to $24M on issues such as contract interpretation, incomplete works, variation claims, extension of time claims, delay cost claims, prolongation claims, liquidated damages, defects, rectification costs, contractual default, back charges, quality of work and damages claims. David has experience in the use of expedited procedures to reduce the time and cost involved in resolving disputes.
David was the arbitrator in Lin Tiger Plastering Pty Ltd v Platinum Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd  VSC 221 and the adjudicator in Melbourne Steel Erectors v M&I Samaras  VSC 308.
Since being admitted to the NSW Bar in 1993, Steven has specialised in all types of building and construction disputes. Steven has acted as arbitrator, District Court arbitrator, Local Court arbitrator, mediator, District Court Referee, Supreme Court Referee and Expert Determiner. From 1990 to 1993 Steven was employed as an engineering consultant by Evans & Peck. From 1976 to 1990 Steven was a practising civil engineer in the construction of roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, buildings etc in NSW, Victoria, ACT, Fiji and UK.
Russell ThirgoodQueensland; Australia
Russell is a grade 1 Arbitrator with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of domestic and international commercial matters.
In particular, he is recognised for his specialised expertise in construction disputes.
Russell offers parties a “fast-track arbitration” service. This leads to time and cost savings while maintaining high quality standards.
With 40 years’ experience in the Building, Construction and Engineering Industries, Steve Abbott has worked through the Construction Industry from Carpenter to senior management positions within some of the largest construction organisations in Australia. During the first 20 years of his career in construction contracting, his responsibilities ranged from the delivery of individual major projects to the management of complete business units for major construction organisations.
Steve is an accomplished construction expert specialising in the areas of time (delay/disruption), quantum, quality of product and construction process / project delivery. He has provided expert witness services in relation to Arbitrations (including International Arbitrations), Expert Determinations, Mediations and has authored expert reports and testified in most legal jurisdictions including the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Steve has provided expert services on some of the largest building, construction and engineering projects across Australia together with major projects in New Zealand, Macau, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom. During the past 20 years since launching SJA, Steve has also played an active role in the Client-Side Project Management of hundreds of live construction projects via SJA’s Project Management Division including the day to day Project Management of construction projects and also acting in the role of Superintendent.
Steve is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, a Member of the Resolution Institute (formally the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia), a Member of the Society of Construction Law and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
Steve is also a Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management. He holds a current Supervisor’s Certificate in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Office of Fair Trading and holds a Builder - Project Management License with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Steve is also a member of the Australian Property Council, and the Master Builders Association of NSW.
Steve is also a qualified Mediator and Expert Determiner with the Resolution Institute and is currently studying in relation to the Certificate in Arbitration.
Toby Shnookal first qualified and gained experience as a Civil Engineer in the oil industry and then in civil construction before turning to the law. He is one of very few Senior Counsel in Australia with engineering qualification and experience. At one time he owned and operated a small construction company. Since 2016 he has practised almost exclusively as a Neutral - Arbitrator, Expert Determiner, Facilitator, Mediator, Adjudicator and Counsel Assisting in Enquiries. He has BE (Civil), LLB (Hons) and a diploma in International Arbitration (CIArb). He is a co-author of Brooking on Building Contracts 4th Edition. He did articles with Professor John Sharkey AM and read with the Honourable Justice Digby.
More details are on the website https://www.vicbar.com.au/profile/6604
Justin CarterMelbourne | Brisbane | Hong Kong
I am a barrister and arbitrator with an unusual skill set. I’m known for dealing with ‘strange stuff’, so solicitors often seek my help with unique and unusual legal problems. My broad understanding of different jurisdictions, and experience across practice areas, is invaluable in identifying legal mechanisms available for clients to resolve their legal and commercial matters.
You’ll find me representing large private organisations, state and federal governments, statutory authorities, and local councils — in Australia and in overseas jurisdictions. My in-depth knowledge of Chinese legal systems has seen me act for clients in matters involving the laws of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. You can find information about briefing me at www.justincarter.com.au
Anna Svenson, my clerk, is available to help, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 3 9225 7333.
Dr O'Brien was called to the Bar in 2010. She has worked primarily in the following areas: Family Law - Parenting Orders and Property; Children's Law (Family matters); Wills and Probate; Family Provision; Trusts; Family Violence; Intervention Orders; Victims of Crime; Employment disputes. She has an interest in coronial enquiry, intellectual property and disciplinaryproceedings. Prior to joining the Bar, Angela was a senior academic at the University of Melbourne where she was an Associate Professor, foundation Head of the School of Creative Arts and Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She has expertise in dispute resolution and law associated with the education sector, including workplace disputes, student disputes, education/research contracts, intellectual property disputes and administrative review
Solicitor: admitted 1987. Barrister: practising at NSW Bar since December 1988. Also admitted in Victoria, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Member of the UK Bar since July 1992 (Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn). Principal areas of practice include commercial litigation, building and construction law and trade practices. Acted as Arbitrator of NSW District Court since 1998. Member of Supreme Court Arbitration and Early Neutral Evaluation Panel. Lieutenant in Royal Australian Navy Reserves: Legal Panel. Other professional memberships include the International Bar Association, Amnesty International, UNICEF and the International Commission of Jurists (Australian Section).
Joseph M MannerBrisbane Sydney Adelaide Darwin
Mediator, Arbitrator & Barrister - Queensland, NSW, South Australia & N.T - specialising in Commercial Disputes, Contractual Disputes, Construction Disputes and Mining and Energy Resources Negotiations and Disputes.