Expert determination to resolve building and construction disputes

Thursday, 20 July, Canberra

The use of expert determination has become a significant method of resolving disputes particularly in the building and construction industry. It is considered an efficient and effective method especially of resolving single issue disputes of fact.

Join us for this presentation by Bryan Ahern on the proper use of expert determination and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that can create more problems than the process was originally required to solve.

About Bryan Ahern

Bryan is a civil engineer and licensed builder by trade with extensive experience in civil and building construction, large scale property development and maintenance works. He has been involved in a wide range of projects across Australia in both urban and extremely remote locations. He now practices as a consultant in commercial contracts and advises across all project stages from concept development through to documentation, tendering, administration, and dispute resolution.

Bryan is a fellow member and convenor of the Resolution Institute ACT Chapter and was a national councillor and chair of the ACT Chapter of former IAMA. He is a graded arbitrator, accredited and registered mediator, expert witness and probity services provider.

Commercial Mediation – what we can learn from the New Zealand experience

Monday 10 July, Melbourne

Join the Mediation & Facilitative Special Interest Group for this presentation by Victoria University of Wellington’s Grant Morris reviewing the current state of New Zealand’s commercial mediation market in light of his empirical study of mediators, gatekeepers, and users in the area of private commercial mediation. Grant will share the conclusions of his research and attendees at the session will be able to consider to what extent the findings of this important empirical research resonate with the Australian experience.

Grant will also explore strategies to grow commercial mediation in New Zealand and attendees can consider these and others for increasing the use of commercial mediation in Australia and elsewhere. Strategies include:

  • Greater promotion to potential users of mediation
  • Increased opportunities for budding commercial mediators to gain experience
  • Introducing mandatory mediation for commercial disputes before the Courts

About the presenter Dr Grant Morris

Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He joined the Faculty in 2002 after working as a negotiator for the Office of Treaty Settlements. His research and teaching specialty areas are New Zealand legal history and negotiation and mediation. Grant is the author of Law Alive: The NZ Legal System in Context (OUP), Prendergast: Legal Villain? (VUP) and numerous articles and chapters.

Recently Grant has been exploring the nature of the NZ commercial mediation market and the styles of mediation used in NZ employment disputes. Grant is the recipient of a Victoria University ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Award. He is an accredited mediator with Resolution Institute. Grant helped to create the SibSupportNZ programme to support young people with disabled siblings and has been the lead facilitator for this programme since 1997.