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.

Prof John Sharkey AM


Arbitration | Mediation

Nationality: Australian

Area of Expertise: Building and Construction, Commercial

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law, International Law

Languages: English

John Sharkey is an independent arbitrator and mediator both domestically and internationally.

He is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne and is the state editor for Victoria and Tasmania of the journal Building and Construction Law.

He is a former chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Construction Law Committee.

John was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2006. In 2010 John was the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Lawyers’ Weekly.

John is a panel arbitrator with ACICA, SIAC, KLRCA and Africa ADR.

John has sat as an arbitrator and mediator within Australia and internationally on over 60 occasions.

He is co-author of “Commercial Arbitration” (Law Book Company 1986) and “Building and Construction Contracts” (2nd ed. Law Book Company 1990).

John’s primary practice is in the field of major commercial disputes in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.