Dispute Resolver Directory
Michael DG Heaton QCBarrister, Arbitrator,Adjudicator, Mediator Melbourne
Advocate, arbitrator, adjudicator (Vic, WA and NT ) and mediator in a broad range of commercial areas. Mr Heaton has been practising for over 40 years.
Mr Heaton practises predominantly in contract, commercial, corporations, insolvency, building and construction, banking and finance, property, trade practices and public law.
He practises as an arbitrator and represents parties in arbitrations. He was the arbitrator in Amasya Enterprises Pty Ltd v Asta Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd  VSC 326. He is on the NBN panel and the NSW Mining and Petroleum Land Access Arbitration Panel and has arbitrated under that scheme.
He has carried out adjudications where disputes range from over $16 million to several thousand dollars. He was the adjudicator in APM DF2 Project2 Pty Ltd v Grocon Constructors (Vic) Pty Ltd  VSC 596 and Commercial Industrial Group Pty Ltd v King Construction Group Pty Ltd  VSC 426. He is also happy to advise and appear for claimants and respondents.
Mr Heaton is a nationally accredited and Victorian Bar Advanced Accredited Mediator. He has been mediating for 30 years. He is on the ACICA, RI and Franchise Code Mediation Panels.
He is the author of the "Guarantee and Indemnity" section of LexisNexis Court Forms and Precedents Victoria.
He has had articles and case notes published in the Arbitrator & Mediator.
Mr Heaton chaired the ADR Committee of The Victorian Bar for 8 years. He serves on the Board and Chairs the Risk Committee of Servants Community Housing Ltd. He chaired the Human Research Ethics Committee for the Christian Research Association, Converge Australia,Tabor College and Harvest Bible College for 16 years and remains on that committee.
Mr Heaton swims, sails a Couta Boat, walks, reads the New Yorker and follows Monash Blues,Old Scotch and Collingwood Football Clubs and grandchildren.
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
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.
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.
I arbitrate, determine or facilitate the resolution of commercial disputes, particularly those involving private companies and trusts, professional services firms and not for profit organisations. I am a very experienced business lawyer with a reputation for problem solving and getting things done to the satisfaction of all involved parties.
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.
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.
Auke (JJ) SteensmaLawyer / Arbitrator / Adjudicator / Mediator
Lawyer / Arbitrator / Adjudicator / Mediator
Auke (JJ) Steensma is a Lawyer and a highly sought after, practised and tertiary qualified leader and manager and alternative dispute resolution practitioner, specialising in Building and Construction Law, Commercial Law, and Sports Law.
Currently undertaking a PhD at Curtin University. PhD Subject: 'A statutory review of Adjudicators Determinations under the CCA by the SAT and the Courts'. Supervisors: Professor Philip Evans and Professor Gabriël Moens.
Also research assistant/project manager to Professor Philip Evans undertaking the 'Review of the Construction Contracts Act 2004' for the Department of Commerce - Building Commission of Western Australia.
Currently the President - Carine Glades Branch - Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc. - Moore Division.
Undertaken the following senior leadership training courses:
Completed - the Advanced Management Program - UWA/AIM,
Completed - the Executive Development Course (EDCO), AIM,
Completed - Company Directors Course.
MIAMA - Graded member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators
MAICD – Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Alternative Dispute Resolution - negotiation, arbitration (Grade 3 Arbitrator), adjudication (Registered Adjudicator (WA) under the Construction Contracts Act (WA) 2004) and Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Act 2004 (NT), mediation (NMAS Accredited) and expert determination skills. Security of Payment (Application for Adjudication) claims or responses.
Corporate Governance/ Company Directorship.
Other specialities: Management Consulting - contract, logistics, procurement and project management and business communications skills, Training and Training Development
Lolita MohylaAdelaide and nationally
I have been a Partner of Mohyla Architects Interior Designers since 1984, and am a registered Architect in SA, and formerly NSW, Qld & Victoria. For several years I have been Managing Partner of the practice as well as principle client contact for a variety or private and corporate clients. The firm is located in Adelaide and is predominantly commercially based. In 2007, in response to growing demand for my ADR services (Arbitration, Expert Witness work), I established LVM Group Pty Ltd. LVM Group provides all manner of ADR services, as well as advice on project delivery systems, forms of contract, contract clauses and project management services. I am a Grade 1 Arbitrator, and have undertaken numerous arbitrations, both private and Court-ordered. In 2012, I was appointed a permanent Commissioner of the Environment, Resources and Development Court of South Australia, a position I still hold today.
I am a Senior Counsellor and Honours Committee member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) and a former member of the Experts Subcommittee of the Society of Construction Law Australia. In 2014, I was elevated to a Life Fellow of the RAIA for my involvement in and contribution to construction contracting, the architectural profession and promotion of women in the industry. I have served on, and chaired, a variety of Disciplinary Subcommittees, including several formal Disciplinary Hearings for the RAIA and the Architects Board of SA. I am a past Member/Deputy Member of a number of other bodies including the Architects Board of SA, the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide & State Herbarium, the State Heritage Authority, and the Building Advisory Committee. I have served as a Councillor of the RAIA (SA Chapter) and lectured at both the University of Adelaide and the University of SA. I have been nominated as an Arbitrator for the Panel of Arbitrators (rail access disputes), Economic Regulation Authority of WA for period 2020 to 2024. A more detailed CV can be provided upon request.
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).
Catherine WilliamsWayville Adelaide Fringe
As an engineer, builder, and consultant in construction dispute management and resolution, I display a range of practical skills and commercial acumen.
Whilst I bring this practical approach to my mediation practice, I am also a naturally empathetic, pragmatic and warm person, and an excellent listener.
I live in Adelaide with my husband, two children and dog, and am passionate about helping people and businesses overcome any variety of conflict and dispute.
I am available to mediate at short notice and can arrange mediations outside of business hours (e.g. on the weekend).
The mediation will take place on Greenhill Road, Wayville, with close access for public transport, and plenty of car parking.
Call me on 0432 055 301
or email email@example.com
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
Resolution of employment, industrial, discrimination, industrial instruments and employment contract disputes.
I have acted as a Dispute Resolver for employers and employees in employment and industrial related matters including: remuneration and benefits; agreement, award and contract interpretation/application; complex agreement and contract negotiation; performance management and dismissals; rosters, hours of work, work practice safety e.g. fatigue and safety; industrial action; demarcation; and industrial organisation/committee management.
Dispute resolution advocate and negotiator in the Fair Work Commission and Queensland Industrial Relations Court and Commission, but have experience in working with other tribunals such as ADCQ and Magistrate and Federal Court system.
Industry sector experience includes profit and not for profit organisations in maritime transport and logistics (marine harbour and terminal towage, harbour services, construction projects, ferries, tourism, Government services, compliance and shipping), electricity generation, health, early childhood education, public sector and textiles industries.
Future: As a Commercial Arbitrator, apply diverse and comprehensive skills developed over 30 years through dispute negotiations as advocate and resolver in employment related matters.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Len WattEastern States
Experienced Building Industry member and Legal Practitioner
After spending 25 years in the building industry, I completed a law degree and now work as a building and construction lawyer. During my career in the building industry, I held various positions from an apprentice carpenter to working on multi-story high rise residential buildings as a project manager.
My vast experience in the building industry allows me to understand the building industry and the people who work in it.
My experience as both a long term member of the building and construction industries and the legal profession, ideally places me to assist you with your ADR matter.
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.
Prof. Andrew ChristieAustralia | Singapore | Europe
Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator specialising in intellectual property (IP) and related commercial disputes
In addition to my role as Professor of Intellectual Property at Melbourne Law School, I am an experienced arbitrator and mediator who accepts appointments for the resolution of intellectual property, information technology, media, life sciences/pharma, franchise, sport and related commercial disputes, both domestic and international.
With a Bachelor degree in science, and a Bachelor, a Master and a Doctoral degree in law, I am admitted to legal practice in Australia, England and Wales. I have a sound knowledge of the legal systems and commercial laws of Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK and the USA, having lived and worked in those countries at various times over the decades.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and hold accreditation under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). I have been appointed to resolve disputes under the rules of a range of institutions, including the ICC International Centre for ADR, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, and Resolution Institute, as well as by ad hoc appointment.
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.
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.