• Managing Director, Strategic Resolution, an ADR consultancy. • Solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. • Associate Member, Crown Office Chambers, London. • Mediator since 1987. • 1964-1996 Commercial litigation lawyer in Sydney law firms • 1976-1996 Partner, Minter Ellison, Sydney. Chairman, Trade Practices, Intellectual Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution Groups. • Wide experience as a litigation lawyer at trial and on appeal in commercial disputes, including intellectual property (trade marks, patents, copyright and confidential information), restrictive trade practices, unfair competition and administrative law. • Three years as a member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in determining appeals from governmental administrative decisions. • Eight years as Chairman of the Complaints Resolution Panel established under the Australian Therapeutic Goods Regulations to determine complaints about the advertising and promotion of therapeutic goods to consumers.
• Alan has been mediating since 1987 part time and since 1996 full time, with wide experience as sole mediator in over 2,000 commercial and intellectual property disputes of all kinds in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, in which parties are legally represented. Alan also has experience in assisting companies to devise negotiation strategies and to prepare, together with their in-house and external lawyers, for negotiations to resolve long running litigious disputes, including class actions.
Examples of Alan’s intellectual property dispute mediations: • Alleged infringement of a national trademark by the importation of genuine goods from the overseas owner of the same mark. • Conflict between wine companies over use by a former subsidiary of the parent’s trademark. • Patent infringement and revocation proceedings resolved by licensing arrangements (permissible under competition law) requiring the parties to operate in different market sectors while protecting them both under the patent. • Conflict in the wine industry between appellations of origin and common law trademarks. • Whether the requirements entitling a winemaker to claim an appellation of origin had been met. • Whether a building design infringed copyright. • Whether a copy of a product no longer covered by a patent was made using trade secrets of a competitor. • Whether the patent office was right to grant a patent despite numerous objections. • Whether contracts to provide Information Technology to Government departments were properly performed. • Franchisor/franchisee disputes. • Motor vehicle dealership termination. • The scope of licensed and retained technology rights. • Termination of sales agency agreement.
• Alan is a practitioner of principled negotiation and interests-based mediation taking a non-judgmental approach, while not shrinking from reality-testing and raising possible options for agreement. He is creatively facilitative, seeking a broad focus, persistent and patient throughout. • Alan has a calm, respectful approach, remaining ostensibly optimistic. He often rigorously tests lawyers in confidential session with their clients to obtain a realistic appraisal of their prospects in court or before an arbitrator. • An empathetic mediator, Alan is able to help craft a process to suit the needs of the parties while being mindful of but not rigidly bound to any format. He is strictly observant of confidences.
Alan has particular expertise in the following fields: • Administrative Law • Advertising • Agency • Dealership & Distributorship • Banking & Finance • Building & Construction • Commercial Litigation • Competition Law • Consumer Protection • Environment • Health Care • Information Technology • Insurance and Reinsurance • Intellectual Property – including: Trade Marks, Copyright, Patents, Trade Secrets and Passing Off. • Licensing • Distribution & Franchising • Local Government • Partnership • Personal injury and clinical negligence • Pharmaceutical Industry • Professional Negligence • Retail Tenancy
• In Australia, $660 +GST per hour. • In the UK, £2000 preparation plus £500 per hour of preparation after 5 hours, plus £5000 per day of mediation or part thereof. A cancellation fee of £5000 applies for cancellation within 21 days prior to the mediation. No VAT applies.
Specialist Accredited Mediator, Law Society of NSW, 1995.
Fellow (Mediation), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2008 - 2010.
Professional Dispute Board Member, the Dispute Board Federation, 2008-2009.
Accredited since 2008 as an Experience Qualified Mediator under the Australian National Mediator Standards.
Distinguished Fellow, the International Academy of Mediators, 2016.
Member of the mediation panels of the Australian Self-Medication Industry, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the National Arbitration Forum (Intellectual Property Panel), the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution, CEDR Solve Direct (2008-1010), The Academy of Experts (2005-1009),The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2005-2010), ADR Group Ltd., ADR Chambers International, Middlesex and Thames Valley Mediators, the Law Society of New South Wales, LEADR (now Resolution Institute) Advanced Panel, the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (2004-2012), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australian Branch) (2005-2010), the Australian Disputes Centre, the Dispute Resolution Unit, Office of the Small Business Commissioner (NSW).
Chairman of the Practice and Standards Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Member of the Board of Management of the Institute (2008-1010).
Director and Vice-President, Mediation, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited (2008-1010).
Training and Education
Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR), University of Technology, Sydney, 1997.
Trained in negotiation and mediation at Harvard University in 1986, 1987 and 1991.
Trained in mediation by ACDC, 1986; CDR Associates, Colorado, 1988; Institute of Arbitrators Australia (Advanced), 1989; Law Society of New South Wales (Advanced), 1993 and University of Technology, Sydney (Advanced), 1993.
Assisted Harvard Professor Roger Fisher in teaching negotiation in Australia in 1988 and 1994 and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard in 1991.
Mediation trainer with Harvard Professor Frank E.A. Sander and mediators Linda Singer and Michael Lewis: Harvard Mediation Workshops, Sydney 1994 and Harvard June 1995.
Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney, lecturing in Mediation of Commercial Disputes (postgraduate) 2009-1010.
Currently teaching (with Visiting Professorial Fellow Dr. Rosemary Howell), Dispute Resolution (undergraduate) and Negotiation (postgraduate and undergraduate) at the University of New South Wales.
Currently Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, teaching (with Dr. Rosemary Howell) Mediation of Commercial Disputes
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