Learning & events

Understanding and increasing effectiveness in mediation – A workshop for lawyers

with Michael Mills and Nina Harding

Wednesday 2 November 2022 | 9am–6.30pm AEDT | Sydney Harbour Marriott, 30 Pitt Street, Sydney

A fast paced and fun workshop for lawyersLed by Michael Mills and Nina Harding, with guests The Hon Robert McDougall QC and The Hon Justice Julie Ward who will both comment on their experiences and insights into the mediation process and how lawyers can more successfully resolve disputes in mediation, especially when in the midst of litigation.

Michael Mills has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Class Action Litigation, Insurance Law, International Arbitration, Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, and Regulatory Practice. Nina Harding was named Australian Mediator of the Year 2022 at the recent Australasian Law Awards.

In this day long workshop, presenters will explore various methods for improving mediation outcomes. This conference will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about successful mediation advocacy.

Post event networking: 5pm onwards.
Join us over a glass of wine and connect with your peers after the workshop.

Completing this workshop will help you learn:

  • What lawyers need to know about mediation and how to improve outcomes
  • Mediation in Australia and the NMAS model of mediation
  • The resolution readiness bell curve
  • Negotiation theory and preparation
  • How to get the most out of your mediator
  • Successful Mediation Advocacy for lawyers
  • Lots of real-world stories and experiences

Register and earn 9 CPD points.

***Please note this workshop is specially designed for lawyers only***


A workshop for lawyers
One day training workshop and drinks
Four specialist speakers, videos, stories and real-world experience. A fun and engaging workshop for lawyers who wish to improve their effectiveness in mediation

About our trainers

Michael Mills

Michael Mills is one of Australia’s leading lawyers for complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He is the founding partner of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan Australia office. Michael is considered as a "go-to" partner for strategically important commercial and “bet the company” disputes, as well as front end insurance, risk advisory and dispute resolution work. Michael brings a rare breadth of expertise, having been the lead defence lawyer for some of Australia’s most complex disputes. He has crafted a number of innovative dispute solutions for the benefit of corporate clients both in Australia and overseas. Michael is an honorary life member of the Resolution Institute and the author of Dispute Resolution (2018). He is also an occasional lecturer in complex litigation and dispute resolution at the Stanford Law School.

Nina Harding

Nina has over 25 years’ experience in resolving business and public interest disputes. She has mediated over 2,500 disputes and is accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). Nina is a law graduate and has a Master of Laws. In addition to mediating disputes, Nina facilitates large meetings and also teaches Mediation, Dispute Resolution and Complaint Handling workshops. She regularly speaks at conferences and has taught thousands of people how to negotiate more effectively and resolve conflict. Nina Harding has lectured at numerous universities in Australia and overseas. She is currently a Casual Lecturer at The University of Technology, Sydney, and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at The University of Hong Kong.

About the Special Guests

The Hon. Robert McDougall QC

The Hon Robert McDougall QC commenced practice at the Bar in 1975. He has appeared in some of the most significant commercial and construction disputes. His Honour was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2003, dealing with the full range of commercial and construction disputes.

His Honour retired from the Court in 2019 and returned to private practice as an Arbitrator, Referee and Mediator. He is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Resolution Institute, and a member of the panel of arbitrators maintained by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He holds current appointments as sole or presiding arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, including arbitrations conducted under the ACICA and ICC Rules.

The Hon Robert McDougall QC is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, lecturing in equity and commercial law. He has delivered numerous papers on topics ranging from court architecture and design to expert evidence.

The Hon. Justice Julie Ward

The Hon Justice Julie Ward completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney Law School, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal in Law.

She then worked as an Associate to the first Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Sir Nigel Bowen. In 1998, six years after being admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court, Justice Ward became the youngest female partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons).

In 2008, Justice Ward was the first female solicitor to be directly appointed to the Supreme Court bench. She sat in the Equity Division of the Court and was then appointed to the Court of Appeal in November 2012. In 2017, she was appointed as the Chief Judge in Equity.

In March 2022, Justice Ward was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She is the second female to be appointed in this position.

Frequently asked questions

  • Are there discounted rates for group bookings?

    Discounted rates for bulk bookings are available, please contact us on (02) 9251 3366 or write to us at learning@resolution.institute.

  • Where are the terms for refunds and transfers?

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  • Do you provide in-house courses?

    Resolution Institute can also offer in-house courses customised to meet your needs as an organisation – please contact us on (02) 9251 33 66 or learning@resolution.institute to discuss options.