Mediators panel

If you are a petroleum company or landholder needing help to reach a land access agreement or variation, you can request a mediator to assist with negotiations.

Members of the mediators panel are appointed by the Minister for Mining and Industry. They can conduct a mediation between a petroleum company and landholder.

The department will appoint a panel member for you.

Brydget Barker-Hudson

PO Box 337
Bungendore NSW 2621
medius@ozemail.com.au
0421 908 948.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediation Accreditation System
  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Appointed native title mediator, Federal Court of Australia
  • Appointed farm debt mediator, QLD Rural and Industry Development Authority.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2000
  • Member, QLD Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Restorative facilitator, Defence Force Ombudsman
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (University of NSW/Chartered Institute).

Read Ms Barker-Hudson’s resume PDF (154.8 KB).

Malcolm Gracie

Fourth floor
Selborne Chambers
Level 4, 174 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
gracie@4selborne.com.au
02 9232 4293 or 0417 040 088.

Mediation

  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Member of arbitration panel (NSW Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991).

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws, (Hons - class I)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and a barrister in 1988
  • Senior member, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Member, NSW District Court Arbitration Panel and NSW Bar Association Arbitration Panel
  • Grade one arbitrator, Resolution Institute
  • Member of Railway Access Arbitration Panel
  • Member of NSW Bar Association Expert Determiners Panel
  • NBN Co. panel arbitrator (appointed by the ACCC)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

Read Mr Gracie's resume PDF (178.4 KB).

Joseph Manner

Level 18 Chambers
Level 18, 239 George Street 
Brisbane QLD 4000
josephmanner@qldbar.asn.au
07 3003 1710 or 0458 101 010.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediation Accreditation System
  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Queensland Mediator for Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (QLD) Disputes - Resolution Institute.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Finance and Macroeconomics)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Master of Laws (Commercial Law)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2013
  • Admitted as a barrister in 2016
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Graded arbitrator, Resolution Institute
  • Probity advisor, NSW Government, NSW Treasury, QLD Government.

Read Mr Manner's resume PDF (204.9 KB).

John Southalan

C6, 118 Railway Street
West Perth WA 6005 
john@southalan.net
08 9226 0358 or 0450 507 332.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediation Accreditation System
  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Online dispute resolution practitioner certification, Holistic Solutions, ICFML, Resolution Institute
  • Independent examiner, Australian National Contact Point (regarding compliance and complaints under the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises). As a result, cannot accept any mediation engagement involving the OECD guidelines.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Business Administration (Mineral Resources Management)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1993
  • Admitted as a barrister in 2014
  • Honorary lecturer, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (Dundee).

Mary Walker OAM

9 Wentworth Chambers
180 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
inbox@marywalker.com.au
02 8815 9250.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediation Accreditation System
  • Advanced mediation accreditation and professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Internationally accredited mediator, International Mediation Institute
  • Appointed mediator, ACT Supreme Court and NSW Supreme Court
  • Chair, NSW Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee
  • Leading mediator, Doyle’s Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Accredited mediator, NSW Bar Association.

Law

  • BA Hons LLB
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1986
  • Admitted as a barrister in 1988
  • NBN Arbitrator Panel
  • Approved arbitrator and expert determiner, NSW Bar Association
  • Chair, Law Council of Australia ADR Committee (Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution)
  • Chair/co-chair, Law Council of Australia ADR Committee (International Law) and Arbitration Committee.

Read Ms Walker’s resume PDF (304.5 KB).

Stephen Walsh QC

William Forster Chambers
Darwin NT 0820
swalsh@ebchambers.com.au
08 8982 4700 or 0438 603 988.

Mediation

  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Appointed mediator, NT Supreme Court
  • Former member, NSW Bar Association ADR Committee
  • Nationally-accredited mediator, appointed NSW Supreme Court/District Court.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1973
  • Admitted as a barrister in 1973
  • Appointed as Queens Counsel in 1991
  • Grade one arbitrator, Resolution Institute.

Read Mr Walsh’s resume PDF (130.7 KB).

David Baldry

William Forster Chambers
Darwin NT 0800
dbaldry@williamforster.com
08 8982 4700.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • Multidisciplinary mediator, Australian Disputes Centre
  • Professional member, Resolution Institute
  • Appointed mediator, NT Supreme Court.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1979
  • Admitted as a barrister in 2012
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Building disputes adjudicator, NT, WA and QLD
  • Sessional member, NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Read Mr Baldry’s resume PDF (80.4 KB).

Sarah Blake

PO Box 117
Rockingham WA 6968
sarah@smblake.com
0419 841 184.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • Internationally accredited mediator, International Mediation Institute
  • Accredited mediator, Resolution Institute
  • Panel mediator, Aboriginal Mediation Service, Department of Justice WA
  • Native title panel mediator, Federal Court of Australia.

Read Ms Blake’s resume PDF (189.2 KB).

Scott Ellis

Francis Burt Chambers
Perth WA 6009
sellis@francisburt.com.au
08 9220 0511.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • Fellow, Resolution Institute
  • Chair, Law Society of WA ADR Committee.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Master of Laws
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner in 1983
  • General and Advanced Professional Certificate in Arbitration
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Senior sessional member, State Administrative Tribunal (WA)
  • Presiding member, Electricity Review Board (WA)
  • Registered adjudicator, Construction Contracts (NT)
  • Chartered arbitrator and fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Grade one arbitrator/fellow, Resolution Institute and Australia Centre for International Resolution
  • Panel member, Economic Regulation Authority (WA) (National Gas Rules and Railway Access Code).

Read Mr Ellis’s resume PDF (122.7 KB).

Anthony Lo Surdo SC

12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
Sydney NSW 2000
losurdo@12thfloor.com.au
02 9223 3181 or 0407 015 945.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • Internationally accredited mediator, International Mediators Institute
  • Accredited mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • Fellow, Resolution Institute
  • Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • ACICA Mediational Panel
  • Advanced mediator, Resolution Institute
  • Supreme Court of NSW Mediation Panel
  • District Court of NSW Mediation Panel
  • Leading mediator, Doyle's Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and a barrister in 1996
  • Appointed as Senior counsel in 2011
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Grade one arbitrator, Resolution Institute
  • Accredited expert determiner, Resolution Institute
  • District Court of NSW Arbitration Panel
  • Senior member, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Member, National Sports Tribunal.

Read Mr Lo Surdo’s resume PDF (252.4 KB).

Donna Ross

13/200 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
dr@donnarossdisputeresolution.com
03 8648 6422 or 0412 060 854.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • International accredited mediator, International Mediators Institute
  • Accredited specialist in mediation, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Leading mediator, Doyle’s Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • ADR panel member, Australia Disputes Centre
  • ADR panel mediator, Magistrates Court of Australia
  • Panel mediator, Victorian Small Business Commission
  • Panel mediator, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Conciliator panel member, code of conduct for Australian Winegrape Purchases
  • Panel arbitrator, NBN Co.

Law

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Laws (LL.M. and J.D. equivalent) in Business Law
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2017
  • Admitted as an attorney-at-law in New York in 2003
  • Graded arbitrator, Resolution Institute
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Resolution Institute.

Read Ms Ross’s resume PDF (414.8 KB).

George Michael Roussos

Suite 5
9 Swan Crescent, Winnellie
Darwin NT 0820
george@roussoslegaladvisory.com
08 8981 8783 or 0419 819 861.

Mediation

  • Nationally accredited mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System
  • Advanced negotiation workshop, Harvard Law School.

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Admitted as a solicitor
  • Sessional member, NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Legal practitioner in private legal practice.

Read Mr Roussos’s resume PDF (383.8 KB).


Last updated: 06 September 2021

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