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Global Leader

Mediation 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"Catherine is a go-to in the UK mediation market"
"She has an effective and engaging manner"


Catherine Davidson practices in Australia and internationally.

She is nationally accredited (NMAS), and certified by IMI and Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI). Catherine has mediated over eight hundred commercial and workplace disputes and is appointed to international and national panels including the SIMI Mediator Panel, NSW Government Office of Small Business Commissioner Panel, Australian Disputes Centre Mediator Panel, and Australian Small Business and Family Enterpris­­e Ombudsman (Franchising) Mediation Panel.

Catherine has a legal background having practised commercial litigation in Sydney and London.

Her commercial disputes practice includes construction, intellectual property, banking and finance, insurance, professional negligence, wills/estates, commercial leases, IT, partnership agreements, franchising, small business and medical matters.

Her workplace mediations include litigated and non-litigated disputes involving bullying, performance management, discrimination, and harassment.

Clients describe Catherine as “adaptive and responsive” to the concerns of the parties, and the particularities of each dispute. She is “firm with a gentle touch”, and is an “empathic practitioner, intuitive to the needs of the individual”. Lawyers who work with Catherine have applauded her ability to build constructive rapport “around the table”.

Catherine is a member of the teaching faculty with the Australian Disputes Centre mediation courses in Asia Pacific. She lectures on Negotiation Skills in the MBA programmes of University of Technology Sydney, and teaches Negotiation and Conflict Management in the public and private sectors in Australia, India, China and South-East Asia. She is visiting faculty for MNLU Mumbai India; and the University of Law and Political Science Shanghai China.

She has served on the Case Working Groups of both the ICC International Mediation Competition and IBA-VIAC CDRC.

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