Australia: Mediation 2017

This chapter includes 18 mediators and mediation experts who are recommended in this year’s research for their dispute resolution skills, visibility in the market and high esteem amongst clients in all manner of commercial disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ian Hanger AM QC Independent Mediator, Brisbane
2. Alan Limbury Strategic Resolution, Sydney
3. Joanna Kalowski Joanna Kalowski Independent Mediator, Sydney

STRATEGIC RESOLUTION achieves two listings in the form of husband-and-wife team Rosemary Howell and Alan Limbury.
Howell is recognised as “a terrific mediator”; she delivers mediation services in six countries and is one of the country’s foremost practitioners.
Limbury has 30 years of experience in commercial and IP mediations and is recognised as a pioneer in ADR in Australia.

INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR Ian Hanger AM QC is recommended for his wide-ranging expertise and esteemed reputation in the region. He is both a mediator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and ICSID. One peer says of him, “He is a highly successful mediator who is doing really creative things.”

The “wonderfully talented” Joanna Kalowski is an INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR who has significant experience in the field. She has mediated over 300 cases including native title claims, environmental matters and project finance matters.

Shirli Kirschner, principal of RESOLVE ADVISORS, is “an outstanding mediator” who is internationally recognised for her dispute resolution expertise. Her focus is on designing and implementing dispute resolution systems.

Jeremy Gormly SC at DENMAN CHAMBERS is highly visible in the mediation market and is regarded as a leader in commercial mediation.  One respondent describes him as a “heroic” figure who is “doing very interesting things right now.”

6 ST JAMES' HALL sees “hugely competent barrister and mediator” Robert Angyal SC recommended for his expertise in settling disputes. He handles large mediations in the natural resources sector.

Steve Lancken of NEGOCIO RESOLUTIONS is recommended for his mediation and conflict resolution expertise. One respondent says, “He is an outstanding name with an international practice.”

Dispute resolution specialists BARTLEY COHEN sees Khory McCormick recognised as a leader in the field. One of his peers remarks, “He is very famous in the area and known for his expertise.”

Gerald Edward (Tony) Fitzgerald AC QC of SEVEN WENTWORTH CHAMBERS is one of Australia’s foremost legal minds and a pre-eminent mediator. He is described as “certainly one of the best” in the market and remains a key figure in the field.

Harold Werksman at THOMSON GEER is a leading figure in ADR and a longstanding practitioner in Australian mediation.

Angela Bowne SC at BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS is recognised as one of the foremost mediators in Australia; she has 30 years of experience and a superb practice.

REDEFINITY sees Lynora Brooke recommended for her expertise in conflict coaching. She has worked with chief executives and senior and middle management in corporate mediations in Australia and internationally.

Michael Klug AM at leading Australian firm CLAYTON UTZ was one of the original founders of LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution) and acts for large corporate and government clients. One peer describes him as “Amazing; probably the best of all of us.”

ELEVEN WENTWORTH CHAMBERSMichael McHugh AC QC is “indispensable”, say interviewees. He is a former judge of the High Court of Australia and is an esteemed mediator.

Andrew Stephenson of CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is a construction expert who is highly regarded for his dispute resolution and mediation expertise.

Tim McFarlane at MACFARLANE LEGAL is “a mediator on whom you can depend to get the job done”. He has over 30 years of experience and is recognised for his commercial acumen and conflict resolution skills.

FOX BRADFIELD name partner George Fox is a leading mediator with longstanding experience in dispute resolution that makes him highly sought after for complex issues.

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