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Our popular webinar series continue to attract large audiences to presentations by experienced industry experts.


Webinar 11: 8 October 2020

Everything you Need to Know About Virtual Mediations and More!

Barrister and experienced Mediator, Tony Elder, gave an informative and practical presentation based on his considerable mediation experience with particular reference to virtual mediations which became a necessity during COVID.  His presentation covered:

  • Are virtual mediations the ‘new normal’?
  • How do they work? Pros and cons
  • What do you need to know?

Tony has almost 30 years’ experience as a mediator having mediated well over 1,000 disputes (including property, building, partnership/joint ventures/company ownership disputes and the occasional estate dispute) and appeared in hundreds more.  He is Chair of the Victorian Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and a former board member of LEADR. Tony joined the Bar in 2006, after many years as a solicitor practising in commercial litigation, including a number of years as a partner at Deacons. Tony practises at the Bar, principally as a mediator. He is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and is accredited as an Advanced Mediator of the Victorian Bar.


Webinar 10: 8 September 2020

Infrastructure Projects – Are Cost Overruns Inevitable?

During this informative and popular webinar, Panellists, Kiri Parr, Jacqueline Barker, and David Porter discussed this important subject, addressing key questions such as whether it is about the estimate, procurement strategy, culture or something else entirely? Could AI be at least part of the answer?

Kiri Parr, Director, Kiri Parr Pty Ltd, is an independent consultant specialising in project strategy and procurement. Kiri spent more than 20 years as a construction lawyer, including as Regional General Counsel for Arup up to 2019 and was on the board of Consult Australia for 6 years and was President from 2017 to 2019. Kiri is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne law school lecturing in the master’s course “Major Projects – the Legal Interfaces”.

Jacqui Barker is an Associate Director at DGA Group, an international construction consultancy providing a range of commercial and planning services. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by background, Jacqui has worked on a wide range of construction and engineering projects across many sectors for both client and contractor organisations

David Porter, Managing Director, Endeavour Programme, is a project and programme leader with 30 years’ experience in project development and delivery across a wide range of industries. He founded and led a leading Project Management consultancy before establishing Endeavour Programme, which brings world first AI technology to projects, programmes and portfolios to overcome the chronic problem of poor time and cost performance.


Upcoming Webinars:

Impact of the Amended Phoenix Laws & Creditor-Defeating Disposition

Presenters: Hannah Griffiths, Senior Associate and Phoebe Martin, Associate of Gilchrist Connell.
Wednesday 11 November 2020, 12.00pm – 12.45pm

For further information or to register for any of the upcoming webinars please contact us at: [email protected]