Australia: Mediation 2018

In this sector we recognise 21 mediation practitioners who rank as the leading lights in the Australian market for their extensive expertise mediating commercial disputes across a range of industries.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alan L Limbury Strategic Resolution, Sydney
2. Joanna Kalowski Joanna Kalowski Independent Mediator, Sydney
3. Shirli Kirschner Resolve Advisors, Sydney
4. Rosemary Howell Strategic Resolution, Sydney

Strategic Resolution sees two individuals recognised for their top-tier mediation practices.
Alan Limbury is “a very experienced mediator who brings a gentle but firm approach to the resolution of disputes”, according to one impressed commentator. He wins praise for his “excellent client engagement skills and mastery of the mediation model”.
Rosemary Howell is “an icon in terms of the breadth of her alternative dispute resolution expertise” and stands out as “a leading light” in the field. She is very “well respected in the market” thanks to her “thoroughness, superb preparation and credibility”.

Jeremy Gormly SC at Denman Chambers is “very well known” in the market as a leader in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He is an “absolutely marvellous” mediator and is applauded for his focused approach.
Angela Bowne SC is “a very experienced mediator who is easy to deal with” according to sources, who call her “one of the few true specialists” in the field. She is particularly well regarded for being “fantastic for intellectual property matters”.

Independent Mediator Joanna Kalowski is “a first-class mediator” according to sources, who note that she has been “very important in development of the field of mediation in Australia”.

Sources commend Shirli Kirschner at Resolve Advisors for her “boundless energy, critical and lateral thinking skills and high-level creativity”. She is considered “an industry hero” by peers, who highlight her “vast experience and expertise in negotiation and conflict management”.

Michael Klug AM at Clayton Utz is “extraordinarily highly regarded” by market commentators, who call him “an absolute star”. He is noted for “really adding value” to cases thanks to his “broad skillset”.

George Fox at Fox Bradfield is very “well regarded” in the market, having “been at the forefront of the mediation process for many years”. One source effuses: “He possesses a very personable demeanour, which allows him to win the confidence of clients.”

Khory McCormick at Bartley Cohen is a long-standing expert in the field of commercial mediation, and garners praise for his superb “ability to inspire confidence and trust in parties”.

Steve Lancken of Negocio Resolutions boasts “a very broad repertoire” with the ability to handle “both expert and facilitative mediations”. He is “really highly regarded by peers” who regard him as an “outstanding” mediator.

Independent mediator Ian Hanger AM QC is “renowned for his work in alternative dispute resolution” and is regarded as “a really excellent mediator”. He is a favourite among clients who appreciate his “innovative mind”.

Sources describe Harold Werksman at Thomson Geer as “a very successful mediator” thanks to his long-standing experience. Respondents note that he is “very commercially astute”, and consider him an asset in cases where the relationship between the mediating parties needs to be maintained.

Sources “have no hesitation in recommending” Raymond A Finkelstein AO QC at the Victorian Bar, who “really stands out as a high-quality mediator”. One peer remarks that “he is a delight to work with” and “a very effective operator”.

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