What did the seminar cover?

Commercial court disputes can be financially, reputationally and emotionally exhaustive for the parties involved. When approached with a considered strategy, mediations can lead to a more beneficial outcome for both sides of a dispute. With the onset of COVID-19 impacting the time it takes for disputes to reach the courts, mediations are increasingly seen as a valuable dispute resolution tool. In this dynamic webinar you will hear from the former Regional Counsel of a multinational professional services firm, an experienced QC mediator and counsel on:

  • Why approaching mediations like litigation proceedings is ineffective
  • How to prepare for mediations and engage with your mediator ahead of time for efficient proceedings on the day
  • Briefing your in-house and external mediation team for maximum impact in a mediation
  • Being aware of the psychological and emotional factors which come into play during a mediation
  • The future of mediation management

Who should attend?

All law practitioners, especially commercial litigation lawyers as well as their clients and in-house counsel.


Panel Chair:

Matthew Hickey (barrister, Level Twenty Seven Chambers)

Matthew has participated in numerous mediations both as counsel for parties and as mediator concerning matters and parties across a wide-range of industries and commercial issues.


Kiri Parr (Director, Kiri Parr Pty Ltd)

Chambers warmly welcomes our guest speaker who spent more than twenty years as a construction lawyer, initially in private practice and followed by fifteen years as the Regional General Counsel for Arup. During this time, Kiri was involved in numerous large projects in the region including Airport Link, Gold Coast Light Rail and Marina Bay Sands. Passionate about improving outcomes in the construction industry, Kiri established her own consultancy practice to work with clients, industry and its participants to do just that, mediations being one of the tools she believes can benefit clients.

Glenn Newton QC (barrister, Level Twenty Seven Chambers)

Having taken Silk in 2006, Glenn is a highly experienced trial and appellate advocate with wide ranging expertise in the commercial law context. Glenn's practice is now focused on mediation and ADR appointments, as well as advising clients and conducting case appraisals and expert determinations. He is listed in Doyle's Guide 2018-2020 as a leading Queensland mediator.

Michael May (barrister, Level Twenty Seven Chambers)

Within his broad broad commercial and administrative law practice Michael assists clients with litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in matters concerning competition, corporations, tax, equity & trusts, insolvency, construction and infrastructure, class actions, professional negligence, estates and real property.




(60 mins)

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The transcript is published here.

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