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International Arbitration Week 2020

with Erika Williams, Karyn Reardon, Greg Steinepreis, Russell Thirgood, Robert Riddell and The Hon. Peter Vickery

Wednesday 14 October 2020 | Zoom

International Arbitration Week 2020

Join our experienced panel of Arbitration experts to hear about ways in which domestic arbitration in Australia can distinguish itself from litigation in the courts and what are the expectations of parties who chose arbitration over litigation in a domestic context.


About the Panel

Erika Williams

Erika Williams specialises in international commercial and investor-state arbitration and has a broad range of general commercial litigation experience. She also provides expert dispute resolution advice to parties engaged in business with foreign entities or entering into foreign investment opportunities.

Additionally, Erika regularly advises in private international law assisting clients with issues in cross-jurisdictional disputes. Erika’s specialist knowledge of international arbitration allows her to determine disputes as arbitrator, act as counsel in arbitration proceedings, advise clients on arbitration agreements when negotiating contracts and assist in enforcing arbitration agreements and awards in the court system.

Erika is on the arbitrator panels of leading arbitral institutions including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Queensland Law Society.

Greg Steinepreis

Greg is a partner of Squire Patton Boggs (AU), operating from the Perth office. He is also a practising international and domestic arbitrator, being a fellow of ACICA, a member and Grade 1 arbitrator of Resolution Institute and a panel member of other Australian dispute resolution organisations.

Greg was admitted to legal practice in 1978. His legal practice is in the construction, resources and energy industries. He has advised government, governmental authorities and private clients in those industries on both the commercial and disputes side for over 25 years. He has been extensively involved in major LNG, iron ore and other resources and energy disputes.

He has been recognised by his peers for ADR, Construction/Infrastructure and International Arbitration and was recognised (by “Best Lawyers”) as the 2018 International Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" for Perth.

As well as being a fellow of ACICA, Greg is a former Deputy Chair (Perth) of the Construction and Infrastructure Committee of the Law Council of Australia and chair of the Law Society of Western Australia’s Construction and Infrastructure Committee, and he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia's Construction and Infrastructure Forum.

Karyn Reardon

Karyn is an experienced construction industry professional, having specialised exclusively in construction law since 1995.

Karyn provides 'whole of project' support and advice. Karyn resolves disputes, and is particularly experienced in claim assessment. Karyn regularly advises on project delivery options, contract risks, contract management and contract administration.

She has a detailed understanding of alternative dispute resolution practices, with recognised expertise in adjudication, mediation, arbitration and expert appraisal, having resolved numerous complex construction and engineering disputes.

The Hon. Peter Vickery QC

Hon. Peter Vickery QC LLB (Melb.) LLM (Kings College, Lond.) FCIArb FACICA is a former a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria (2008 - 2018).

He retired from the Supreme Court on 8 May 2018 after serving as Judge-in-Charge of the Technology, Engineering and Construction List (the TEC List).

He now works as an Arbitrator; Mediator; Referee; DRB Panellist; ENE Evaluator and conducts Expert Determinations and Investigations - www.peter vickery qc.com

He is the Patron of the Society of Construction Law, Australia (SOCLA); a Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation; and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and a founding member of Underground Works Chambers – www.UWChambers.com

Robert Riddell

Rob is a partner in the Sydney Construction Practice of the national law firm, Piper Alderman. He sits on MBA NSW’s Legal and Contracts Committee and is the Chair of the Resolution Institute’s Sydney Determinative Professional Development Group, educating adjudicators, arbitrators and expert determiners.

Rob is an accredited arbitrator and adjudicator. He is often engaged in testing awards and determinations and assisting clients navigate the way through determinative alternative dispute resolution models.

Russell Thirgood

Russell Thirgood is an independent international arbitrator based in Brisbane, with an office in London and Washington DC. He is a full member of Int-Arb Arbitrators & Mediators after previously spending 23 years at McCullough Robertson Lawyers where he was a senior construction law partner and head of arbitration.

As arbitrator, he takes a modern and robust approach throughout the arbitration process. He is responsive to the needs of parties and their counsel to ensure that the proceedings are conducted swiftly, efficiently, and effectively. He is considered, collaborative and concise.

Russell is experienced in resolving complex and high value construction and infrastructure, energy and natural resources and commercial disputes. He has conducted cases throughout Australia, Asia, US, UK, Middle East, Africa, and Europe under some of the key international and domestic institutional arbitral rules.

Russell is a NMAS Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Fellow of Resolution Institute.

He is the Current Chair of Resolution Institute.