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WA Perth Chapter

Chapter Committee

Scott Ellis - Chair
Karene Primrose - Vice-Chair
Graham ​Anstee-Brook​

John Christo
John Fisher
Margaret Halsmith
Laurie James
Mark Jones
Barbara Kwiecien
Richard Machell
Lee Panotidis

Graham Rabe

We warmly invite you to attend the continuing professional development (CPD) and networking events organised by the Western Australia Chapter Committee. Being connected with your local Chapter expands your network of DR practitioners and provides you with a conduit for communicating information and ideas to Resolution Institute about issues that are important to Western Australia members.

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Upcoming events
Check out our regularly updated calendar of ADR events and interactive workshops here >>
Printable 2016 calendar of events >>

Recent events
Unfortunately you missed a few of our recent events. See below for more information.


Apologies, mediation and the law >>
Professor Robyn Carroll considered the ways mediation and the law interact with apologies. She explored the meaning of apology and how this can benefit mediators, lawyers and DR practitioners more generally and the participants in these processes.
16 November 2016

Proposed changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) >>
To gain a better understanding of the changes and their likely effects three speakers presented on different aspects of this legislation: Lee Panotidis on recycled claims; Stephen McComish on enforcing determinations and Laurie James on time limits.
19 October 2016

How will new laws on "unfair terms" impact on standard form contracts >>
Isla McRobbie and Matthew Lang, Partner and Special Counsel respectively with Jackson McDonald, considered what businesses need to review to ensure their standard form contracts remain fully enforceable.
7 September 2016
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Mediation and arbitration at sea >>
Dr Pat Saraceni discussed trends in ADR (both generally and specifically in maritime law) and considered why the maritime community prefers arbitration and/or mediation.
6 July 2016

Can the prevention principle nullify contractual entitlements? >>
Adjudicator Hugh Davis reviewed a recent adjudication where he considered a liquidated damages claim levied by the main contractor against the subcontractor.
20 April

Evolution and implementation of the Restorative Engagement Program >>
When the then Minister for Defence Stephen Smith MP, announced the establishment of the Defence Abuse Response Task Force in November 2012, he said it would provide practical outcomes...
16 December

Adjudication forum >>
Presented by Lisa Ward of Laws from the University of Western Australia, this forum discussed reviewing the adjudicator's decision to dismiss an application without making a determination
19 August

Adjudication workshop >>
Presented by expert adjudicators, John Fisher, Greg Nairn and Lee Panotidis. Attended by over 60 Resolution Institute members and guests, this skills workshop was designed to enhance the standard of excellence in adjudication.
22 July

Med-Arb - Panacea or pitfall? >>
Presented by Scott Ellie and Laurie James, and chaired by Michael Gething, this interactive event was attended by over 60 Resolution Institute members and guests, discussing the impartiality and confidentiality for practitioners occupying dual roles.
13 May

Determinative forum >>
Attended by over 50 Resolution Institute members and guests, this highly topical event centred upon the developments in adjudication case law, with engaging presentations from Laurie James and John Fischer.
22 April

An expanded scope of possibilities in ADR >>
With a packed house of over 50 Resolution Institute members and guests, this event was an opportunity for mutual discussion, progress updates and information exchange for the newly integrated WA Resolution Institute Chapter.
31 March

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