26 May 2018

CEO update | May 2018 | RI profile raising

Fiona Hollier, CEO Resolution InstituteDear colleagues,

I have in the past described the strong commitment of the Board to raising the profile of Resolution Institute. In the past two weeks we have had a particular focus on this goal.

On Tuesday 15 May 2018, the Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon. Wayne Martin AC accepted our invitation to give the address at the presentation of the Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award to member Sarah Blake and of Honorary Life Membership to former Chair Margaret Halsmith. We were delighted that the Attorney General of Western Australia, the Hon. John Quigley also graciously accepted our invitation to join us as did the Registrars of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Acceptance by both of the Attorney General and the Chief Justice is particularly significant as it was Law Week in Western Australia. Both had very busy schedules and yet both took time to pay tribute to our awardees and to Resolution Institute itself. Law firm, Jackson MacDonald very generously hosted the event as they host other Resolution Institute events throughout the year. (More information and pics about these presentations >>)

On Thursday 17 May, Resolution Institute was pleased once again to be sponsoring the Australasian Law Awards Arbitrator of the Year and Mediator of the Year awards. Sponsorship of these Awards gives Resolution Institute a very visible profile at the awards event in front of an audience of more than 650 legal advisors from leading law firms. Our advertisement >> in the program booklet is an excellent vehicle for Resolution Institute to promote the expertise of our members so that lawyers can keep their clients out of court. Our sponsorship also gives Resolution Institute the opportunity to acknowledge the generous support of law firms and the contribution of DR industry leaders, as our guests for the gala dinner of the Awards evening. And we are very pleased to boast that of the ten nominees for these Awards, nominated by law firms, legal advisors or colleagues, nine of them are Resolution Institute members. Resolution Institute congratulates all the nominees and particularly congratulates the winners, John Wakefield (Arbitrator of the Year) and Dr Anne Purcell (Mediator of the Year). (More information about the award event >>)

On Friday 18 May, Resolution Institute consolidated its profile with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), as we sponsored its Negotiating Outcomes on Time (NOOT) competition. With our logo featuring on the AAT website and the opportunity to sponsor and present the prize of two enrolments in mediation training, our audience includes senior members of the AAT, university academics and students. More information about the NOOT >> On Friday 25 May, I was pleased to present about Resolution Institute and a career in DR to students completing a dispute resolution course as part of their law degrees at University of Melbourne. In July 2018, our partnership with the University expands as we jointly contribute to mediation training that meets the requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation System and contributes to completion of a Masters in law. This partnership complements our partnership with the University of New South Wales where our complete mediation course contributes to the Masters of Dispute Resolution and our joint venture with the University of Adelaide for the Professional Certificate in Arbitration. Connecting with students who are already demonstrating an interest in DR enables us to get in at the ground floor of their careers. A focus of our member engagement activities is to consider how we can improve the value proposition for students and keep them connected to Resolution Institute through their many career transitions.

Today we have been contacted by the General Office of Chongqing Arbitration Commission, to request a meeting with Resolution Institute to learn about Resolution Institute operations, roles, promotion and the use of mediation and ADR. The delegation also hopes to exchange information and ideas, in the hope of setting up a link for potential collaboration in the future. Connecting with agencies from other jurisdictions confirms Resolution Institute’s status as the leading DR membership organisation in the SE Asian and Pacific region and in so doing adds lustre to our reputation.


Fiona Hollier
Chief Executive Officer

25 May 2018