Dispute Resolver Directory
Philip Martin has over thirty years experience in the building and construction industry. He has extensive experience in the structural design and the construction of buildings and civil projects both in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in dispute resolution for the past ten years providing reports and expert evidence for court proceedings and arbitration and he is an experienced arbitrator and adjudicator. He has gained experience as an engineer having worked on a variety of projects as a design consultant and managing construction sites. The work has been carried out on behalf of contractors, developers and consultants. These projects included roadwork, bridges, stormwater drainage, high rise buildings, schools, factories and residential projects. This has provided extensive experience on both large and small scale projects and required a thorough knowledge of the relevant standards and building codes. The work undertaken has encompassed all stages of building and construction from site acquisition to detailed design and construction. Mr. Martin has extensive experience in dispute resolution having been involved in a number of building and manufacturing disputes, contractual mediations and negotiations. He has also reported on defective building works, appeared as an expert witness, and appeared as a client representative in arbitration. Also he has assisted in mediations. He is also an experienced arbitrator in building and manufacturing matters and an experienced adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I solve complex legal and technical problems for engineering and construction clients.
I head a boutique law practice using professional experience of:
- 25 years as a lawyer dealing with front-end, contract administration and back-end issues; together with
- 15 years as a civil engineer as a construction contractor and consulting engineer;
to assist a wide range of clients to understand their risks, preserve or increase their cash position, whilst maintaining or improving their relationships with those with whom they contract.
Alan K ChuckVIC Melbourne metro
Freelance civil engineer and engineering arbitrator. Accredited Adjudicator under the Security of Payment Act (Vic). Accredited mediator. Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria and VCAT. Civil engineer specialising in engineering contracts, claims and dispute resolution.
Curtin University School of Architecture Construction and Planning ; sessional lecturer in construction law Royal Australian Institute of Architects Archicentre : participating architect Royal Australian Institute of Architects WA Executive Director (1993 - 1996) Paul Wellington Pty Ltd Architects Melbourne and Perth (1984 - 2005) see web site on www.paulwellington.com
Hugh Foxcroft QCMelbourne, Australia
Hugh Foxcroft QC has considerable arbitration experience and practises as senior counsel in a civil practice involving appearances and paperwork relating to construction and commercial matters predominantly before arbitrators, special referees and in Supreme Courts.
During the last twenty years his practice has been principally concerned with major commercial construction and civil engineering project litigation, appearing mainly in arbitrations and special references. Hugh Foxcroft regularly appears and provides legal advice in proceedings related to major projects in Australia and overseas to principals, contractors, subcontractors and professional advisors.
Representative projects include the Pluto (WA) and Ichthys (NT) LNG projects, Lane Cove Tunnel (NSW), Crown Casino (Vic), Victorian Hospitals Cogeneration Project, Melbourne City Link, Victoria Regional Fast Rail Project, Geelong Road Widening Project, Eastlink (Vic), the Spencer Street Station Redevelopment, the Bakun Hydro-power Project (Philippines), the Stephensons Road tip Cranbourne (Brooklands Green methane escape), the Mindarie Waste Recovery Facility (WA) and the Trawalla rail crossing contribution proceedings (Vic).
Significant arbitration, construction law and adjudication cases in which Hugh Foxcroft QC has appeared include Command v Fletcher  VSC 235, Boral Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd v Robak Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd  2 VR 507, Manningham City Council v Dura (Australia) Constructions  3 VR 13, Anaconda Operations v Fluor Daniel  16 BCL 230, Rejan Constructions Pty Ltd v Manningham Medical Centre Pty Ltd  VSC 279, Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd v Leighton Contractors  VSC 189, HIA Insurance Services Pty Ltd v Davey (2003) 7 VR 512, BMD Major Projects Pty Ltd v Victorian Urban development Authority  VSCA 221, Skilltech Consulting Services Pty Ltd v Bold Vision Pty Ltd  TASSC 3, IMC Aviation Solutions Pty Ltd v Altain Khuder LLC (2013) 38 VR 303 and H Buildings v Owners Corporation  VSC 802.
Hugh Foxcroft was appointed Senior Counsel (SC) in 2000, altered to Queens Counsel (QC) in 2014. He is admitted to practice in all Australian jurisdictions. As a Grade 1 arbitrator, Fellow and former National Councillor of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia he has extensive experience in the conduct of arbitrations, including international arbitrations.
Hugh Foxcroft QC is a member of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section and was a long term member of the committee of the Building Dispute Practitioners' Society, serving as President from 1995 to 1997. An accredited mediator with the Victorian Bar, Hugh Foxcroft QC has mediated many proceedings referred out to mediation by Judges in charge of the TEC List (formerly Building Cases List) in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria.
Experienced domestic and international arbitration practitioner specialising in construction and real estate, transport, energy mining and natural resources transport and insurance. Has practised extensively in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region wide variety of disputes and in particular construction and infrastructure projects, mining and energy projects and the like.
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
Electrical Engineering 30- years building services eg Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital G Block Building Construction - Director BMA day labour construction (2y) - schools, hospitals etc Building Design Manager architectural and services design - 2y Building client, Director Building Ministry of Justice (2y) Courts/prisons Energy Safety Regulator - Gas and Electricity Supply, installations and Appliances
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.
Anthony Lo Surdo SC, FCIArb, FACICA, FRIAustralia, Internationally
I am an experienced exponent of all types of alternative dispute resolution and, in particular, arbitration, mediation and expert determination. I am particularly adept at navigating the intricacies of complex multi-party disputes including the determination or other resolution of such disputes using an online format.
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.
My arbitrations have included building disputes (owner/builder contracts),tenancy agreements and boundary fence disputes.
I have extensive experience from presenting at aviation conferences in Seoul,Beijing,Taipei and Shanjai and maintain active contacts there are in the US and Europe.
I am a transport law and policy specialist and am a member of the Tasmanian Logistics Committee
Legal advocate with 10+ years diverse litigation experience acting for Australian government departments and agencies. Areas of practice: competition law (anti-trust), taxation law, privacy and freedom of information law, corporate regulation and commercial law, information technology and communications law, administrative law, workers' compensation law
Current position - Senior Director, Internet Trust, Internet Society
With a background in regulatory litigation and an international outlook, Christine compliments her privacy and security expertise with a deep appreciation of technology. She rolls up her sleeves to work with governments and other stakeholders to write guiding policies on cybersecurity, privacy and other Internet issues. She is also not afraid of hackathons.
Board member of the Internet Security Research Group - Co-Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Privacy Interest Group (PING) - Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Friend of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) - Served as Member of the then European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Permanent Stakeholders Group (PSG) and as a non-IAB Member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Privacy and Security Program
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 email@example.com or on +61 3 9225 7333.
Experienced in commercial, construction, estate, small-medium family business enterprise (including farming) disputes. Barrister for over 40 years, specialising (over 25 years) in advice and representation in Commercial, Property, and Building and Trusts, Equity, Probate and Estate disputes relating to commercial contracts generally and real property (sales, leases, mortgages), guarantees, sale of businesses, professional liability, insurance, sale/lease of goods and equipment (including performance and suitability for purpose), product liability, building and engineering, copyright, trusts, succession, administration of estates and family provision, companies and partnership. Experienced practising accredited Arbitrator and Mediator conducting arbitrations and mediations in these areas for over 24 years.
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).
Michael JF SweeneyMelbourne
Arbitration specialist in gas, energy, resources disputes; commercial and contract law; domain name disputes; competition law access disputes for pipelines and telecos; partnership disputes; sports law arbitration. Experience includes arbitration and mediation of complex multi party joint venture disputes between international corporations and domestic disputes.
Fellow Chartered Institute if Arbitrators & Chartered Arbitrator; Panel Member, WIPO Arbitration Centre; Fellow ACICA Arbitration and Mediation panels; Fellow Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre; American Arbitration Association; Shenzen, China Arbirtation Panel; Energy Review Board, Western Australia.
Michael is a skilled practitioner who had heard and determined many hundreds of commercial and contractual disputes. He also has deep experience in mediated outcomes both at the corporate level and at the private company and partnership levels.
Graham Morrow, Barrister & SolicitorConstruction law, adjudication, contract disputes, arbitrator
I provide contact advice, negotiate on behalf of clients and advocate in all courts, arbitrations, tribunals and before expert determiners. I prepare adjudication applications & responses
I also sit as a:
- Registered Adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA); &
- Graded Arbitrator;
and I have the ability ot determine disputes as an expert in building contract matters, due to the combination of formerly being a Quantity Surveying and building consultant and having practised as a lawyer in construction law and all related areas since 2002.
Advisor on construction management issues including documentation, scheduling and costs, contractual disputes and tender evaluation Assignments have included preparation and review of documents, cost estimates and reviews of claims for works as diverse as antennae, tunnels and underground structures, bridges, wharves, road and railway construction, mining infrastructure, pipelines, power stations and process plants and industrial, commercial and residential building. Clients have included contractors, subcontractors, public authorities, developers and major companies (1979-present). Member, National Committee on Construction Engineering, IEAust,(1991-present). Part-time lecturer, University of Sydney (1983-1993), UNSW (1984-1994). Previously employed as project engineer and senior estimator by John Holland Constructions Pty. Ltd. (1973 ? 1979). Prior to 1973, spent 8 years gaining construction and design experience in Australia and overseas on power station and tunnelling works. Engineer / civil Consultant Construction
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.
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"
Fiona Cameron (FCIArb, NMAS)Melbourne
Commercial Dispute Resolution:
Fiona Cameron accepts appointments as arbitrator, mediator or tribunal secretary in relation to disputes across Australia and internationally. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having completed CIArb's Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, and has completed the ICC's Training for Tribunal Secretaries. Fiona is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS).
Her areas of expertise include technology, engineering and construction disputes; transport, aviation and maritime law; and commercial and company disputes. She also has an interest in sports law and sits as a member of the Victorian Amateur Football Association's Independent Integrity Hearing Panel.
Fiona is recommended in Doyle's Guides to Leading Construction and Infrastructure Junior Counsel and to Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel.
Before being called to the Bar in 2015, Fiona was an Associate in both the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, where she assisted with a range of commercial and public law matters.
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.
Arbitrator in contractual disputes on buildings, subdivisions and dam earthworks. Graded Arbitrator since 1989. Mediator in over 120 contractual disputes on Commercial matters & Domestic Construction for the Queensland Building Tribunal and Commercial and Consumer Tribunal and workplace disputes in Public Hospitals.
Barrister involved in construction disputes and medico legal disputes from 1998 until 2021;
Consulting Engineer - 1979-1998 Director I.D. Miller & Associates Pty Ltd Consulting Engineers - civil/structural engineering for major Wharves, Bridges, Buildings, Commercial developments, Mining infrastructure, Government and Local Government projects, in Queensland, Victoria and Bougainville. Expert witness evidence in litigation;
Director CEASA Ltd 1989-1994. Involved in Professional Indemnity Insurance in Australia;
Associate and/or Engineer - 1966 to 1979 in local and international firms of Consulting Engineers, in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth;
BCC Dept of Works;
Involved in infrastructure projects to $800 m value in Qld, WA, NSW, NT and Iran.
Learned Societies: Committee IAMA 1999-2002; IEAust. - Federal Councillor (1989-1993); previously involved in ACEA, AIM, and CIA committees. Previously Member Medico Legal Society.
Previously FAIM, FAICD.
Representative Cases handled as Arbitrator/Mediator or Expert Civil and Structural Engineering; Mining Industry; Buildings; Bridges; Wharves; Contracts; Professional Issues; Medico Legal; Computers; Internet Domain Name Disputes; Tort Liability and Negligence; Trade Practices; Patent applications; Domestic construction.
Cases included; Mining Industry; Buildings; Bridges; Wharves; Contracts; Professional Issues; Medico Legal; Computers; Internet Domain Name Disputes; Tort Liability and Negligence; Trade Practices; Patent applications; Domestic construction.