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Adjudication workshop: Decision writing

27 June 2017

Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Venue: Karstens Brisbane
Level 24
215 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000


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Decision writing
Tuesday, 27 June, Brisbane

While decisions of adjudicators will always be open to challenge, much can be done to minimise the prospects of challenge by the way the decision is written. Additionally a well written decision lessens the chance that a challenge in court will succeed.

Although every adjudicator has his or her own way of writing, this workshop presents an opportunity to meet and compare styles and approaches with other adjudicators, each with differing backgrounds and levels of experiences; a chance for all to share and learn.

The workshop will be led by five facilitators, and registrations are limited to ensure maximum benefit for the attendees.

Our facilitators

Warren Fischer
Warren is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and has in excess of 30 years of international experience in Civil and Structural Engineering in the fields of building, mining, roadworks, bridge and civil construction. He practices as a Grade 1 arbitrator, expert determiner, a senior adjudicator and as an accredited mediator. Warren is a past national president and a past Queensland chapter chair of the former IAMA. For the past two years, Warren has delivered the “Decision Writing” component of the Queensland Certificate in Adjudication Course for the QBBC.

Noel Jensen
Noel is the principal of Jensen & Co, solicitors. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989 and has been in private practice since that time. Noel has practised extensively in construction law for over 20 years. He was a panel adjudicator with the Queensland Law Society when the society was an Authorised Nominating Authority. Noel is currently an advanced adjudicator with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and a member of the Queensland Law Society Construction and Infrastructure sub-committee.

Jonathan Smith
Jonathan is a Principal of Flagstaff Consulting Group Pty Ltd, which has delivered high value added services to the infrastructure industry for over 10 years. He has 40 years’ experience in procurement, business and local government administration, building, engineering, surveying, civil construction and mining and associated activities. He is an active Senior Adjudicator and has produced over 100 decisions on claims up to $20M. He has been a practising arbitrator and expert determiner since 2005, deciding disputes on commercial contracts on a broad range of topics.

Russell Welsh
A chartered quantity surveyor and project manager with more than 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, Russell is an adjudicator in all states and territories within Australia. Russell is a director of ABC Dispute Resolution Service which is an ANA in NSW, ACT, SA & TAS. In QLD ABCDRS was an ANA pre December 2014 and now acts as adjudicator’s agent under the amended BCIPA. Russell previously managed RICSDRS Oceania for over 7 years and was instrumental in its growth becoming authorised to appoint adjudicators in all states and territories. Russell regularly presents at security of payment seminars and acts as mentor to BCIPA adjudicators and adjudicators on ABCDRS panels

Mark Williams
Mark Williams has practised as a lawyer in the field of building and construction law for over 28 years. For over 20 of those years he has been a barrister at the Queensland Bar based in Brisbane. Holding the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Master of Laws, he is, in addition to being an experienced practitioner in the field, also a Registered Adjudicator and Nationally Accredited Mediator. He is also a sessional academic and unit co-coordinator at the Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law, where he teaches the Construction and Engineering Law subject as part of the University’s Master of Laws programme. He lectures widely and is also the author of numerous articles and papers; including the textbook Building Contracts & Regulation Queensland.