Learning & events

PDG event | Dispute Boards: Facts, Myths and Challenges

with Ronald Finlay and Steve Goldstein

Wednesday 28 August 2019 | Sydney

Dispute Boards have been used worldwide for many years, extensively to resolve disputes in infrastructure contracts including Public Private Partnerships, but also in social housing, information technology and related projects.

In Australia, New South Wales and Queensland Governments have been the primary users of Dispute Boards with some private sector clients such as Brisbane Airport Corporation and Optus adopting the Dispute Board process for their major projects.

The presenters from Dispute Resolution Board Foundation will present the facts, myths and challenges of dispute boards in Australia.

This presentation will commence sharply at 5.45pm and close at 7.00pm. Networking (drinks & nibbles) to follow after the presentation.


About the presenter

Ronald A (Ron) Finlay AM

Ronald is a principal and the chief executive of Finlay Consulting and a lawyer trading as R A Finlay, Lawyer and is regarded as one of Australia’s leading infrastructure and governance specialists. Ron has provided advice and services on major infrastructure projects to the NSW, Tasmanian, Victorian and Federal Governments as well as major private sector owners and principals. He is Chair or a member of a number of significant infrastructure advisory Boards, including WestConnex, Sydney Light Rail Advisory Board, the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board and Brisbane’s New Parallel Runway Project PCG.

Steven Goldstein

Steven was admitted as a Barrister in 1993 and specialises in building and construction matters. He has acted as a Supreme Court appointed Referee, Grade 1 arbitrator, District Court appointed referee, District Court arbitrator, Local Court arbitrator, expert determiner in expert determinations, mediator, facilitator and Dispute Avoidance Board member. Steven is the Region 3 President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and serves as a Board Member on the international organisation.

He is also a member on the NSW Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee and a Fellow of the Resolution Institute.

He has held the position of NSW Chapter Chair with the Resolution Institute and The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA) for four years.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has practised as a civil engineer in the construction industry for over 17 years prior to being called to the Bar.