1 June 2017

Successful GPC conferences in Australia and New Zealand

Over 100 professionals attended the day-long Global Pound Conference (GPC) in Sydney on Monday 29 May, and around 80 attended in Auckland on Wednesday, 31 May.  These are two of the 29 events in the Global Pound Conference series being held in different cities throughout the world. The GPC series aims to shape the development and usage of commercial and civil dispute resolution processes and access to justice during the 21st century.

GPC global sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills hosted the event at their offices with Sydney city and harbour views forming a stunning backdrop for stimulating discussions held throughout the day. The Law Society of New South Wales and ODR platform providers MODRON, through their sponsorship helped make the event gleam.

Kensington Swan Lawyers hosted the Auckland event in their offices, with a harbour view also featuring.  Sponsorship by the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution and FairWay Resolution helped ensure the success of the Auckland gathering.

Using an app set up for this global data collection project, conference participants voted on twenty questions grouped into four themes. The data generated by these votes contributes to global research and formed the basis for discussion by expert panels, on each of the themes:

  • Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do Parties/Users Need & Expect?
  • How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?
  • How can Dispute Resolution be Improved? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)
  • Promoting Better Access to Justice: What Action Items Should be Considered and by Whom?

Keep an eye out for the results from the voting which will be released within the next few days and will be found here for Sydney >> and here for Auckland >>

In Sydney barrister and former Solicitor General of Australia, Justin Gleeson SC delivered a keynote presentation which stimulated the thinking of participants and identified key challenges that need to be addressed to make appropriate dispute resolution available in commercial and other disputes now and in the future.

In New Zealand Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Luxon ended the day in Auckland on an inspiring note, presenting on strategic and cultural change at Air New Zealand, and their High Performance Engagement approach which has increased employee engagement, provided a new way to solve problems and dramatically reduced disputes.

We thank the Local Organising Committees (LOCs) for their committed and huge efforts to make these events spectacular successes. In particular, for the Sydney event we thank the LOC chair, the Hon. Murray Kellam AO and LOC coordinators, Fiona Hollier, CEO, Resolution Institute and Elisha Dixon, Business Development Lead for Herbert Smith Freehills.  For the New Zealand event, we particularly thank LOC chair, Annabel Shaw, Resolution Institute Ambassador and mediator and coordinator Catherine Cooper, Resolution Institute GM NZ.  For project organisation in New Zealand thank you to Michelle Vui.  For project organisation in Sydney and also for tech management in both Sydney and Auckland, we say a huge thank you to Hannah Baral, RI Digital News and Content Coordinator.

The conferences provided a unique opportunity for DR professionals, parties, lawyers, academics and government officials to hear from each other on what’s working, what needs to be improved and their perceptions of the future shape of dispute resolution.

We thank panellists, facilitators and moderators and all the participants at both events for their lively, thoughtful and insightful contributions. We look forward to sharing with you the data that will be distilled from this global exercise.