Mediation in shareholder class actions – article published

Mediation can be a useful tool in shareholder class actions as in other types of litigation. There are a number of obvious advantages to defendant corporations in particular: minimising legal costs, reducing further publicity and impact on share price, and avoiding the considerable distraction to… Read more

New ICC Mediation Rules launched

As reported in our earlier post, here, the new Mediation Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) came into force on 1 January this year, replacing the ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution Rules.  The new ICC Mediation Rules are currently on… Read more

New South Wales proposals for small business mediation

In a month-long consultation released on 28 June 2012, the NSW Government proposed that its small business commissioner be empowered to require a party to produce evidence and attend mediation. However, this does not mean a dispute will be forced… Read more

New Australian Civil Dispute Resolution Act comes into force

The new Australian Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011, which applies to all federal civil law matters and came into force on 1 August 2011, encourages parties to take ‘genuine steps’ to resolve their disputes before commencing certain proceedings in the… Read more

Australia – Improving access to ADR within the civil justice system

Australia's Federal Attorney-General has recently announced that the Government intends to introduce legislation implementing key recommendations from the National ADR Advisory Council's report into access to ADR. NADRAC is an independent body charged with providing policy advice to the Australian… Read more