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Australia: Arbitration 2017

We recognise 25 arbitrators and arbitration counsel in this year’s chapter. They include globally distinguished practitioners with expertise in commercial and investor-state arbitration in the construction, energy and corporate sectors, among others.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Douglas Jones AO Independent Arbitrator, Sydney
2. Michael Pryles Michael Pryles, Melbourne
3. Gavan Griffith QC Independent Practitioner, Melbourne
4. Brenda Horrigan Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH achieves two listings.
Bronwyn Lincoln is one of the nation’s preeminent arbitrators and is highly visible in the space. She focuses on international commercial arbitration, particularly cross-border disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions.
Andrew Stephenson is “a great expert in construction arbitration”, say sources. He is also highly recommended for his expertise in arbitrations relating to engineering and infrastructure projects.

ELEVEN WENTWORTH CHAMBERS is one of Australia’s leading barristers’ chambers and sees two silks listed.
Malcolm Holmes QC is regarded as an eminent arbitrator and is “highly active in international commercial arbitration”.
Andrew Bell SC is a noted leader in arbitration nationally and internationally, he has significant experience in private international law, sports and shipping and transport matters.

KING & WOOD MALLESONS is a leading firm in the region and sees two solicitors listed for their arbitral expertise.
Alex Baykitch has expertise in international construction and energy arbitrations and is a recognised player in Australia and Asia. One respondent remarks, “He has a superb arbitration practice.”
Max Bonnell is “a leader in construction arbitration” and a highly respected arbitrator with an international practice spanning numerous sectors.

QUAYSIDE CHAMBERS achieves two listings.
Michael Feutrill is a young but highly accomplished practitioner in the arbitration sphere. He has international expertise as counsel on shareholder disputes as well as mining, oil and gas matters.
Kanaga Dharmananda SC is “a standout arbitrator” with a practice that spans disputes in Australia, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Africa.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Douglas Jones AO is recognised internationally as “a leading arbitrator” and one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the field. He has overseen disputes in over 30 jurisdictions involving sums up to US$1 billion.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Michael Pryles is regarded as “the leader in international arbitration” by market commentators. He has a truly international practice and is active in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Gavan Griffith QC is recognised as one of the leading arbitrators in Australia and has over 30 years’ experience in the arbitration space. One of his peers says, “He is a very accomplished lawyer, particularly in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) cases.”

Brenda Horrigan at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is recognised as a thought leader in arbitration. She is head of international arbitration in Australia and has an international practice with particular specialisation in emerging markets.

James Morrison at ALLENS is highly regarded for his arbitration expertise and is recognised in the field as a rising star.

Chester Brown at 7 WENTWORTH SELBORNE is recognised for his experience appearing before arbitral tribunals, particularly on matters of national and international law. One respondent says, “He is highly active in arbitration and very knowledgeable on BIT matters.”

12 WENTWORTH SELBORNE CHAMBERS Daniel Meltz practises international arbitration in Sydney, London and Zurich and is “certainly an arbitration expert”.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Michael Kirby AC CMG is one of the most respected and expert arbitration lawyers in Australia and globally. He is regarded for his longstanding expertise and track record and is “incredibly good on policy”.

Peter Megens at OUTLOOK LITIGATION CONSULTING is a highly regarded arbitrator with over 35 years’ experience in sectors including energy, natural resources and construction. One respondent says, “He certainly deserves a place in the list of top practitioners.”

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Michelle Sindler is “a leading arbitrator” with over 20 years of experience including in international trade law and regulation.

Beth Cubitt of CLYDE & CO is a construction and project finance specialist. She represents multinational clients in disputes relating to these sectors including cross-border matters in both Australia and Asia.

Shane Doyle QC at LEVEL TWENTY SEVEN CHAMBERS is highly recommended for his extensive commercial practice. He has acted in numerous commercial arbitration cases in sectors including insurance, banking and energy and natural resources.

ISAACS CHAMBERS Jeffery Gleeson QC is recognised as “a first-class arbitrator” with 25 years as a barrister and a superb practice.

Ron Salter at DISPUTE RESOLUTION CHAMBERS is “an excellent arbitrator in the maritime space”, where he is considered a specialist and a highly visible figure in the market.

ASHURST sees joint head of the firm’s international arbitration practice Georgia Quick recommended for her experience in arbitrations relating to construction and project finance, where she has advised both contractors and principals.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Peter McQueen is one of Australia’s leading arbitrators; he has over 35 years’ experience at is noted for his expertise in cross-border disputes relating to issues of transport and trade.

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