Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.




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Stephen is a Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator.  He has practised at the Queensland Bar for over 20 years, and is a member of the Bars of England and Wales and New York.

Stephen is graded as an Arbitrator with the Resolution Institute in Australia, is a member of the KLRCA Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, and is a Reserve Panellist with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Stephen is National Councillor of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited and State Convenor for the very active Queensland Chapter.

Stephen previously practised as a lawyer with Morris, Fletcher & Cross in Brisbane and Freehill Hollingdale & Page in Sydney, in intellectual property, corporate and commercial litigation. Stephen also completed a BCL at Oxford University and a doctorate in law (JSD) at Columbia University in the City of New York, focussing on equity and private international law.

On coming to the independent Bar, he has concentrated his practice on commercial and equity. He has the perspective of countless appearances in a wide range of courts and tribunals, in many jurisdictions and at all levels, including 17 appearances in the High Court of Australia, and cases as far afield as Nauru:

He has extensive experience in mediation, whether as party representative or as an Australian Nationally Accredited Mediator.

His commercial practice traverses fields as diverse as contract, remedies, banking and finance, trade practices, sale of goods, construction, corporations and insolvency, partnership, debt collection, revenue law, professional negligence, real property and intellectual property.  He also has vast experience in advising on, pleading and appearing in cases involving equitable rights and remedies as they affect all kinds of commercial and other relationships.

Stephen has significant legal teaching experience, including in arbitration, and has published widely in respected law reviews, for example: Restitution, Public Policy and the Conflict of Laws (1998) 20 UQLJ 1  Choice of Law for Claims in Unjust Enrichment (2002) 26:1 Melb ULR 192 The Ok Tedi River:PNG or the Parish of St. Mary le Bow in the Ward of Cheap? (1997) 71 ALJ 602.