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About my services

As an Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Dr Croft has over 30 years experience in International and Australian arbitration and mediation as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Expert Determiner, Barrister, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court Judge and in policy advising in all aspects of international and domestic dispute resolution to governments and public and private organisations in Australia and elsewhere.

Experience and qualifications

Dr Croft was, in 2009, appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and for a decade, until his retirement in 2019, was the Judge in Charge of the Arbitration List in the Commercial Court of that Court.

He was also the Judge in Charge of a General Commercial List and Judge in Charge of the Taxation List in the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria. During his decade in the Commercial Court he heard many very substantial and significant cases including multiple “class actions” and individual proceedings together with very significant arbitration proceedings.

Prior to his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court, Dr Croft practised extensively in property and commercial law and was an arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner in many property, construction and commercial disputes, domestically and internationally. He was then and is now on his leaving the Court in 2019 an Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA)(now the Resolution Institute) Grade 1 Arbitrator (the highest grading), and was a member of the IAMA Australian and international panel of commercial arbitrators, a member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) panels of international arbitrators; and  represented APRAG at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) International Arbitration Working Group Sessions from 2005 until 2010. Justice Croft (as he then was) was a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Working Group on Choice of Law in International Contracts.

Dr Croft is also a Life Fellow of the Resolution Institute (IAMA), a Life Fellow of ACICA, a Fellow of AMINZ, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He was a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He was the IAMA National President (1997 - 2000) and was an IAMA National Councilor and IAMA Vice-President until his appointment. Dr Croft was the Treasurer, a Director and a Fellow of ACICA. He was an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (and a Victorian Bar and IAMA Accredited Mediator) and a Sessional Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – and is a Resolution Institute (IAMA) Accredited Mediator.

Dr Croft is the author, or co-author, of leading texts in the international arbitration, property, equity, leasing, securities and commercial law fields and of numerous articles and conference papers on commercial arbitration (domestic and international) and property and commercial law subjects. Justice Croft was an Adjunct Professor of Law, Deakin University, Melbourne. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000 and holds the degrees of B Ec, LLB and LLM from Monash University, Melbourne, and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

In the 2019 Australia Day Honours Justice Croft (as he then was) was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly through commercial arbitration”.

For further details, please see the attached CV and also the Summary of Dr Croft’s Arbitration and related cases heard as a Supreme Court Judge

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