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ADR Seminar 2022

Commentary on Med-Arb & Hybrid ADR processes

15 June 2022 | Brisbane & Online

The Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section invites you to attend a seminar held by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. The event will be chaired by Mary Walker OAM, Barrister, 9 Wentworth Chambers, Sydney NSW. 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2022
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Seminar | 5.30pm - 6.30pm Networking Drinks and Canapes
Location: Queensland Law Society Auditorium179 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000 & Online


Ms Chelsea De Silva
Section Administrator
T. 02 6246 3722

Registrations for the ADR Seminar 2022 are now open.

Ticket Categories and Rates

Category Ticket Type Price
Tickets In-person $0.00 + Add to cart
Online Only $0.00 + Add to cart

The event is free. However, due to limited numbers, registrations are essential.

In-person registrations close 5pm,  8 June 2022, unless sold out prior.

Key Speakers

We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.

Ms Mary Walker OAM

Mary Walker has been at the forefront of ADR in Australia for the last 30 years. During this period, as a member of an independent Bar, Mary has arbitrated, mediated, negotiated, facilitated multi- party, environmental and community disputes, designed dispute resolution systems and provided expert appraisal and ombudsman services in respect to thousands of disputes referred by solicitors, industry and government bodies and corporations both domestic and international. Mary has mediated over 4,000 matters.

Mary is a member of many mediation and arbitration panels including the Supreme Court of NSW and the Singapore International Mediation Centre Panel and mediates for the Supreme Court of The Australian Capital Territory. In the first intake Mary was certified as an Investor State Mediator by CEDR, London in 2017, the JIMC-Kyoto Mediator Panel, certified IMI Mediator and IMI Mediation Advocate. She is a member of the Supreme Court of New South Wales ADR Steering Committee and is a member of the International Mediation Institute Ethics and Appraisal Committees and was a member of the original International Mediation Institute Independent Standards Commission amongst other bodies. Mary has also lectured and published extensively in ADR and mediation for example, she wrote the original Chapter in the Laws of Australia on Expert Determination and the ADR Chapter in the Bar Association of NSW, Centenary Essays, No Mere Mouthpiece. She was sponsored by Harvard University to teach mediation with Professor Frank Sander in 1995.

Appointed a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Bond University in 2007, a lecturer in Commercial Mediation in the Masters of Law Degree at the University of Sydney (2009), in Mass Torts and Dispute System Design at Stanford University in the United States (2012) and lectured in dispute resolution as a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Technology (2014-2015) and previously in arbitration with Professor Jennifer David in the mid-1990’s.  She has been a guest lecturer in ADR at many universities for example, Mary was a guest lecturer in the Mediation of Multi-party, Complex and Cross Border Disputes at Tilburg University in The Netherlands (2017). Mary was awarded the J H McClemens Memorial Prize No 1 in Criminology. Mary was appointed Chair of the College of Law Dispute Resolution Academic Advisory Committee (2016).  Mary was invited by The Hague 

Mr Tobys Boys
Partner, Holding Redlich

Toby is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation with the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and is a former member of the QLS’ Commercial Litigation Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.  He has been conducting mediations for about 20 years, is a National Accredited Mediator, Member of the Law Council of Australia’s ADR Committee and Chair of the QLS ADR Committee

Mr Anthony A Nolan QC

Tony has an extensive commercial practice in the Supreme and Federal Courts.  He is a highly regarded sports lawyer, appearing at arbitrations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  Tony chairs selection disputes panels for various national sports and also has a special interest in alternative dispute resolution.  Tony is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and an Advanced Accredited Mediator.

Tony has conducted mediations in varied and complex matters including commercial law, contract disputes, corporations law, insurance, trade practices and consumer protection, banking and finance, property law, unit and discretionary trusts, professional negligence, family maintenance claims and will disputes.

Mr Michael Hollingdale
Partner, Hollingdale Mediation

Michael Hollingdale is a renowned mediator, facilitator, and commercial lawyer with over 40 years’ professional experience. He was first admitted as a legal practitioner in 1981 and is a nationally accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme.

Michael has mediated disputes spanning estates and probate, insurance, consumer claims, partnerships, farming and other family businesses, construction and resources sectors, environment and planning, leasing, bank debts and defamation.

He has appeared as instructing solicitor and counsel in mediations, arbitrations and a variety of courts and tribunals. Michael has worked with large publicly listed corporations, junior and mid-tier mining companies, the government sector, and the not-for-profit sector.

Michael has been consistently acknowledged as one of Western Australia’s leading construction lawyers and mediators in independent peer review publications.

Mr Philip Theobald
Barrister - Arbitrator and Mediator, Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Derwent & Tamar Chambers

Philip was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975. He is also admitted in New South wales and Tasmania.

Philip has always practised primarily in Family Law and now accepts briefs in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Philip is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a qualified Family Law Arbitrator and approved as a Mediator under the NMAS scheme.

Philip has served both the profession and the cause of law reform during his career.

Philip was a member of the Family Law Council subcommittees appointed to report on Arbitration and Mediation in Family Law. Recommendations in the reports were used as the basis to amend the Family Law Act to include arbitration and mediation in the Act.

He is a member of the Federal Litigation Section ADR Committee and was a member of the inaugural National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council.

Between 2008 and 2015 Philip lectured at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course in Family Law. He is an accredited ICL in Tasmania and approved as counsel to represent ICL’s in New South Wales.

Philip is an Honorary Life Member of FLS and in 2016 the Law Society of Tasmania recognised him as Lawyer of the Year for service to the profession for work in dispute

Ms Geri Ettinger

Geri Ettinger is a lawyer, specialist-accredited dispute resolution practitioner and nationally-accredited mediator who has worked both in the private and public sectors. She was Chief Executive of the Australian Consumers' Association, publisher of CHOICE Magazine, for more than 10 years, and was for a long period, a Board Member of St George Bank.

Ms Ettinger held an appointment as a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Commonwealth), for over 20 years. The work in very diverse federal jurisdictions involved hearings, decision making, and writing Reasons for Decision. 

She currently holds an appointment as a Mediator of the NSW Personal Injury Commission, and chairs hearings as appointed by the NSW Ministry of Health with regard to appeals against disciplinary action of medical practitioners. These roles require managing the process through its legal and evidentiary ramifications, as well as taking into account the human elements of the parties appearing, and the Panel itself. Further sensitivity is required in preparing Reasons for Decision in a timely manner, taking into account the law, the evidence, and the differing professional backgrounds of the litigants and the Panel Members.

Ms Ettinger furthermore participates in the work of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the ADR Committee of the NSW Law Society, and the Government Solicitors Committee of the NSW Law Society. She mentors young lawyers, and teaches Ethics at Primary School.  

Ms Joanne Staugas
Legal Consultant, MinterEllison

Joanne is a leading engineering, construction and infrastructure expert with 40 years' experience in the private and public sectors. Joanne has worked as part of NSW Government legal and commercial teams delivering major road, tunnel and bridge projects and has an extensive background working with Federal and State Governments in the property, transport, defence and education industries.

Joanne's seniority and specialist experience in procurement and dispute resolution on complex infrastructure and construction related projects, adds a unique blend of expertise and capability to all forms of procurement and issues resolution.

Queensland Law Society 

179 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

COVID-19 Compliance 

In accordance with the Queensland Government regulations all guests upon arrival must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Only fully vaccinated guests or guests who have an official medical exemption (medical certificate or letter from a Chief Health Officer approved medical practitioner, with matching personal photo identification) will be permitted entry into the venue.

Children over 16 years old must be fully vaccinated whilst children under 16 years old do not need to be vaccinated if accompanied by fully vaccinated adults. For further information please visit Please note, vaccination certificates will not be stored on file.

This event will be available to online attendees via the Zoom platform. For those who register, you will recieve a Zoom link prior to the event. 

If you have any issues, please contact the Section Administrator, Chelsea De Silva on 02 6246 3722 or by email,

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