Expert evidence in arbitrations: topical issues

Date TBA | Holding Redlich

23 October 2018, Brisbane

5.30pm - 6.30pm presentation
6.30 - 7.15pm drinks and canapes

The Queensland Chapter warmly invites you to a panel discussion titled Expert Evidence in Arbitrations: topical issues. A distinguished panel will comment on current trends and offer practical guidance with a focus on pre-hearing procedure, experts’ obligations, the preparation of written reports, and oral evidence at hearings. This one hour CPD session will be of interest to arbitrators, legal practitioners, and expert witnesses in arbitrations and will be followed by drinks and canapes.

About the speakers

Hon. John Byrne AO RFD, Arbitrator. The Honourable John H Byrne AO RFD graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland. The University of Michigan awarded him the degree of Master of Laws. John started as a barrister in 1974. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1982 and continued practising mainly in commercial cases. In 1989, John became a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, aged 40. In 2007, he was appointed, as Senior Judge Administrator, to head the Trial Division of the Court. John was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law. John left the Supreme Court last year and now resolves commercial disputes outside the courtroom.

Francis Douglas QC, Barrister & Arbitrator. Francis Douglas QC holds degrees in arts and law from the University of Queensland and in law from the University of Cambridge. Francis was admitted to the NSW bar in 1975 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1988. Francis practices commercial and public law at the Sydney bar and has appeared as counsel in several well-known cases before the High Court of Australia, including Concrete Constructions v Nelson (1990) 169 CLR 594, Re Wakim ex parte McNally (1999) 198 CLR 511, Tanwar Enterprises Pty Ltd v Gauchi (2003) 217 CLR 315, and Farah Constructions Pty Ltd v Say-Dee Pty Ltd (2007) 230 CLR 89. Francis sits as an arbitrator in commercial arbitrations throughout Australia and overseas and is very experienced appearing in commercial arbitrations as counsel. In 2011 he was appointed a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

Wendy MacLaughlin, Chartered Civil Engineer & Expert Witness. Wendy MacLaughlin is a chartered civil engineer, having graduated from University of Queensland with first class honours. She has over 25 years of experience in engineering and construction projects, in both consulting engineering in civil structures and geotechnics, planning roles on EPC projects on sites in SE Asia and in office based lead civil engineer roles on power stations, and more recently the analysis of delay and disruption to projects undertaking expert appointments around the world. Wendy has provided expert evidence in the Supreme Court of WA, and in international arbitrations seated in London, Dubai, Singapore, Johannesburg, Bucharest, Santiago and Stockholm. She has experience as both a party appointed expert, and as a Tribunal appointed expert. She is co-located in Brisbane and London.

Resolution Institute expresses appreciation to Holding Redlich for their support of this event.