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CPD event | Adelaide | Is ADR delivering the client’s needs?

with Jon Clarke and Judge Patrick O'Sullivan

Wednesday 19 February 2020 | Adelaide

Jon Clarke of Jon Clarke Advisory will lead this presentation with Judge Patrick O’Sullivan on the aspects of ADR and responses by the courts to make the process more efficient and “client focused”.

During the presentation, Jon Clarke and Judge Patrick O’Sullivan will explore the successes and blockages to the effective resolution of commercial conflict, discuss whether ADR processes satisfy the client’s needs and provide an opportunity to consider the way courts may be thinking about the management of commercial conflict matters that are referred to the court.

This workshop is for lawyers and dispute resolution practitioners and contract administrators who interact within the commercial context and provide CPD point for your professional fields.

The event will help:

  • Gain a CPD point
  • Learn how to focus on the needs of the clients in legal disputes
  • Understand what approaches the Courts may be assessing in dealing with commercial disputes

About the presenters

Jon Clarke

Jon is the former managing partner of Cowell Clarke Lawyers, and now the principal of Jon Clarke Advisory. Jon combines the experience and knowledge of more than 35 years at the frontline of the legal profession with his core asset of communication – the essential skill in finding solutions to commercial conflicts, corporate, business, probity and procurement issues.

Jon has spent more than 35 years working at the highest levels of business and industry as an advisor, commercial lawyer, director and dispute resolver.

Jon is an experienced commercial negotiator, acting for clients entering into complex commercial and financial transactions, corporate turnaround and recovery. He is sought after to facilitate, mediate or arbitrate commercial matters and for advice on risk management, insurance and probity issues. Jon has advised a number of commercial clients on issues of corporate governance and directors’ responsibilities and liabilities.

Jon is particularly known for his practical and trusted approach in connecting and communicating with people to find commercial solutions to commercial, boardroom, shareholder or family business impasses or disputes.

Jon is a recognised experienced mediator, facilitator and arbitrator.

Judge Patrick O’Sullivan

Until his appointment to the District Court of South Australia on 27 August 2018, Patrick O'Sullivan QC was a leading commercial Silk, practising in major commercial litigation with a specialist practice in public and mining infrastructure arbitrations and commercial construction disputes.

He was admitted to practice in 1981 and after practising in Adelaide, South Australia for seven years, he worked with the Attorney General’s Department in Hong Kong where he was responsible for the conduct of complex commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and mediation arising out of the many infrastructure contracts let by the Hong Kong Government.

Whilst in Hong Kong, he appeared as Counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal, in arbitrations and attended before the Privy Council.

He returned to Adelaide in 1992 and worked in private practice where he was involved in multi–million public/private developments.

He was called to the Bar in 1997 and took Silk in 2008.

In 2009 he was appointed Chair of the Dispute Resolution Board for the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant and has appeared as Counsel in relation to disputes arising out of the $2.8 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital as well as other major infrastructure projects.

He was President of the South Australian Bar Association between 2012-2014, Vice- President of the Australian Bar Association in 2015 and President of the Australian Bar Association in 2016.

He is a qualified mediator and arbitrator, a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and on the panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre in Kuala Lumpur.



Thanks to Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers for generously supporting this event.

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