Dispute Resolver Directory
Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP): Accredited Mediator under NMAS (National Mediator Accreditation Standards) with Resolution Australia and accredited FDRP with A-G's Department (Cth). Formerly practised in NSW as Solicitor and Barrister (Admitted to NSW Bar in 2000 and retired as Barrister in 2020). Acted in Criminal Law (including Domestic Violence and Mental Health matters) and Family Law (including in Conciliation and Evaluative Property Mediations). Now practising solely in mediations.
Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Aust (FCA) Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPAA) Board Appointments: Martindale Holdings Pty Lt (Director) Australia Business Arts Foundation (SA Chair) The Big Book Club Inc (Director) State Theatre Company South Australia (Chair) CAREER: I commenced my professional career with Duffield Hastwell Tune & Co in 1976 in the Audit area and joined Arthur Young on 1 January 1980 on the merger of those firms. My experience in Insolvency dates from this time. I joined Allert Heard & Co in August 1980 and became a partner in 1988. I became an Australian Partner of Arthur Andersen in 1989 when those firms merged and an International Partner in 1994. I was Partner in charge of Corporate Recovery Services of Arthur Andersen, South Australia and the Asia Pacific representative on the worldwide Training Advisory Committee which developed and implemented training for CRS practices world-wide until 31 December 1996. On 1 January 1997 I joined SimsPartners where I was Partner in Charge of the Adelaide office until retiring from the firm on 30 June 2008 to relocate to Melbourne. I was a Director and Treasurer of the Royal South Australian Deaf Society for 5 years and Chair of the Audit Committee of Retail Brands Group P/L (Wendy�s Ice Creams). I am currently a Director of Martindale Holdings Pty Ltd, a company which manages rural properties bequested to the University of Adelaide. I have recently been appointed as Chair in SA of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and was appointed as Chair of the State Theatre Company of South Australia in December 2007. I have successfully undertaken the AICD Company Directors Course and after being a member of The Executive Connection (TEC 32) for over 9 years I have since 1 January 2008 taken on the Chair role with that group in Adelaide. I have practised in insolvency management and consulting since 1980 and have specific experience in managing and selling businesses as well as investigating, analysing and designing turnaround/reconstruction strategies for businesses in financial distress. I have undertaken a range of Litigation support assignments, including the preparation of valuation and economic loss reports and the analysis of reports prepared by other experts. I have given evidence in litigation matters and in the course of insolvency administrations. I have significant experience in analysing businesses from both an operational and financial perspective and in formulating financial models to predict financial performance (profit and loss budgets and cashflow forecasts). I have significant experience in leading, coaching and mentoring staff and clients over many years.
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.
I am a partner of commercial law firm and head of its dispute resolution and litigation practice group. Resolving disputes, whether by assisting parties through mediation or as a representative of a party involved has been a substantial part of my practice for the past 25 years.
My approach is always to look for sensible commercial resolutions that can bring prompt outcomes for parties to disputes.
Eliza is an experienced, qualified and professional mediator specialising in restorative justice. Eliza's strengths are active listening skills, building rapport easily and open communication. She ensures balanced and safe sharing of diverse views to produce quality restorative justice outcomes. Skilled at facilitating high conflict situations and those with hidden communication needs.
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.
Donna RossMelbourne CBD and surrounds
I am a mediator, arbitrator and solicitor, admitted in Victoria and New York. I have both common and civil law degrees and extensive ADR, corporate and litigation experience across several continents. While I serve as a neutral and counsel in ADR proceedings, I also draft dispute resolution clauses, represent parties in contract and settlement negotiations as well as in mediations and arbitrations. I advise businesses in preventive DR and help them manage disputes as early as possible to achieve better commercial outcomes.
David SwanWollongong, Illawarra and Sydney
David is a Nationally Accredited Mediator who was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 1995.
During 30 years of legal practice, David has become an experienced Commercial Lawyer with particular focus on Contracts, Company Disputes, Business Transactions, Estate Planning and Disputed Estates.
Tassi GeorgiadisAdelaide based HR Consultant
Human Resource specialist in Education sector disputes / tertiary institutions.
- human resource management including strategic, operational, workforce planning,employee relations
- strategic planning, performance measurement and reporting
- project management, change management and people management
- data analysis, resource allocation and knowledge management
- knowledge of the education, training and child care sectors.
Engaged, empathetic and effective: the success of my mediation practise is a result of my flexible, proactive and outcomes focused approach. While careful to remain neutral and facilitative, the testing of positions, development of options and exploration of alternatives beyond those immediately apparent are part and parcel of a "sleeves rolled up" approach that I bring to the mediation of commercial disputes.
Ippei OkazakiAdelaide and SA/NT remote
Community mediator - Specialising in trauma informed, complex and volatile dispute resolution.
"Conflict need not weigh you down.... or escalate"
Offering online, web-confernce and teleconference (pro account)
Ippei and his team at One Pacific are nationally awared winning experts in community dispute resolution, crisis management and negotiation.
We offer trauma-informed dispute resolution for businesses, workplace, organisations and Court referrals.
Specialising in cross-cultural contexts with clients include the most vulnerable and disadvantaged and delivers program that impact on whole communities and organisations.
Book via the link below and your first one-hour consultation is free www.onepacific.info
Areas of practice: family, neighbourhood, community, corporate, Court referred and institutional conflict in urban, remote (SA, NT and FNQ)
Mark Demspsey SCSydney
Senior counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner. Mark is based in Sydney, and conducts practice throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific as counsel in court and arbitral disputes; as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration; as mediator and as expert determiner in commercial and construction disputes. Mark has been engaged in legal practice since 1982, as a barrister since 1988, as senior counsel since 2004, arbitrator since 2021 and mediator since 2014. Mark's has special expertise derived from over 25 years practice in the conduct and resolution of complex construction, and infrastructure disputes.
Graeme RobinsonSydney NSW
In the last 25 years I have filled senior executive roles on several multi billion dollar infrastructure and resource projects.
I regularly undertake roles as Arbitrator, Mediator Adjudicator for disputes in the in the Supreme Court in NSW and Qld and as Expert and in mediator roles in the High Court in London for mining disputes in Africa and the Middle East and mediate commercial and structural failure disputes in SE Asian countries conducting mediations in Singapore. I regularly undertake dispute resolution in the Construction/ Architecture / Engineering Engineer Civil & Structural Engineering sectors and for Mine development including feasibility and design and Project Management related issues.
I have 40 years experience in major resource project development including scoping, feasibility stages, commercial, execution and design development, detail engineering, construction, commercial management and dispute resolution.
I have developed and completed several multi billion (>$10bn.) dollar projects in Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific rim filling senior management roles for major resource sector mining companies, owners, contractors, consultants and financial institutions, insurers and receivers.
Dr Dominic KatterQueensland
Dr Dominic Katter is a Barrister at the Queensland Bar, having a commercial and administrative law practice.
Prior to commencing at the Bar in 2001, Dr Katter was the Associate to The Honourable I D F Callinan AC, then of the High Court of Australia and was previously the Research Officer to the Court of Appeal of Queensland. After articles of clerkship at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, he had previously been Admitted as a Solicitor in 1998.
Further to his doctorate in law, he is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and an alumni of the Harvard Business School. At the University of Cambridge he was awarded the Wakefield Scholarship and received a Bursary from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Dr Katter is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University.
Danielle HutchinsonAustralia and International
Expert in party-centric and neuroinclusive dispute resolution
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Cheryl WalmsleySydney based
I have over 35 years-experience in Human Resources, Employee Relations and Learning and Development, having worked in multinational organisations within Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.
Along with various licenses and certificates, I have NMAS accreditation, a Bachelor of Business Degree (with a major in Industrial Relations) and a Master of Science degree in Organisational Psychology.
I served as the Chair of Lifeline Northern Beaches and continue to work as a crisis counsellor and mentor for Lifeline.
My last full-time role was as the Human Resources Director for a UK based construction company. I have particularly broad experience in engineering, construction and project management cultures and I have worked in unionised workplaces.
Today I freelance in mediation, counselling and coaching, conflict resolution and work performance issues.
For a more detailed resume and references, please contact me directly and l will be happy to respond to a request for more information.
Workplace, Community and Family Dispute Resolution and Consulting. Fourteen years experience enabling organisations; workplaces and communities to reach agreement and establish cooperative communication practices to reduce discord and disagreement. Experienced facilitator of crucial conversations in State and Commonwealth Government. Consulting skills working with organisations to analyse matters contributing to workplace and team disharmony and implement strategies for resolution.. Experience as a former Air Force Officer and Commonwealth Government HR and training executive. Skilled in a range of dispute resolution practises from mediation to lawyer assisted mediation; family dispute resolution and restorative conferencing.
Jeannette Eid is a partner and has twenty-two years experience as a solicitor, twenty-one years as a partner. She has extensive experience in many areas of the law, though principally in commercial law. She speaks French and Lebanese fluently and has much experience in working with clients from Non-English speaking backgrounds. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE PRACTICE Commercial Law and Litigation including Corporate Structures, Trusts, Business Law, Leases (Commercial and Retail Tenancies), Franchising, Liquor Licensing, Joint Ventures, Partnership, Trade Practices, Trade Marks, Intellectual Property and Copyright, Bankruptcy/Liquidation, Corporate Administration and Insurance Law. Negotiating and finalizing sale of Australian companies to companies in U S A, Asia and Europe, UAE, Lebanon and Europe. International Trade and Commerce including joint ventures, formation and mergers and acquisitions and alliances.. Setting up Corporate structures for Australian companies in Asia and Middle East and Domestic and Internation Arbitrator. Banking, Finance and Consumer Credit - Credit Union, Mortgage. Industrial Relations, Employment and Occupational Health and Safety. Private Clients - Conveyancing, Wills, Estates. Product/Manufacturers Liability. Construction Law Accredited Mediator RELEVANT EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND POSITIONS HELD Chair of Commercial Law Executives - Law Institute of Victoria Member - Business Law Committee - Law Institute of Victoria Founding Member - Australian/Lebanese Forum Solicitor and Legal Adviser to Lebanese and Egyptian Consulates Member - Australian/Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry Member - Australian/Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines Registered Member - Austrade Director of Lebanese Chamber of Commerce Chairperson of St.Paul's Hostel for the elderly Member of the Melkite Church Eparchy of Australia Awards Australian Lebanese Business Woman of the Year 1997/98
Mary FergusonMelbourne Australia
Difficult Yet Crucial Conversations. Training, Coaching, Facilitation.
Mary’s coaching & facilitation practice is underpinned by practical wisdom and razor-sharp insight about her clients’ particular strengths. Imaginative, kind, gutsy and direct, Mary skillfully isolates difficult, challenging or tricky behavioural situations and invites clients to dig deep in maximising their unique potential.
Each client receives the best of Mary’s skills as a professional and a human, from conflict resolution through team coaching or NMAS accredited mediation to executive coaching for women leaders moving up in their careers. Her clients describe her as having a quiet and trustworthy wisdom, which helps them to find their direction and find their feet.
William Pryor... website: williampryoradr.com.auMelbourne and Rural Victoria
Construction / Building and Property and Leases related disputes are my core expertise. This may encompass Joint Venture Partnership, head contractor, sub contractor, variation, delay claims, contractual, building defects, settlements, tenancy /landlord issues. The more complex verity of cases are commonly Mediated by myself and my practice. This may cover large construction sites through to small domestic disputes.
I help separated parents & couples to reach agreements that are in their children's best interests and property agreements that they can live with.
I want to help you stay out of the Family Court if you don't have to be there. I want to help you to reach a meaningful resolution - I don't want you going to the Family Court and spending an exceptional amount of time and an immense amount of money when I can help you find a solution yourselves.
I help you to focus on issues one-at-a-time. I also help you to better understand why you are in conflict and present you tools on how to better deal with issues and differences of opinion moving forward.
Matthew HockingSouth-East Queensland
Property, planning, construction and dispute resolution is what we do at Ready Hocking Law.
We focus on finding a workable solution to your problem rather than just knowing the law. Each matter is approached with a fresh perspective to ensure you receive the benefit of our extensive legal and broader commercial expertise.