Adrian D’Amico DGC

Adrian D'Amico is the Defence General Counsel (DGC). Adrian has responsibility for the provision of high quality, strategic, legal advice on a broad range of issues within Defence including the provision of legal advice on complex and sensitive matters referred by Head Defence Legal, senior management within Defence and the Minister. Adrian is also responsible for the development, co-ordination and maintenance of the Defence legislation program.

Adrian completed a BEC/LLB (Hons) in 1988 at the Australian National University before joining private practice. Adrian spent 23 years in private practice, where he was a partner in two of Australia's major private firms, Phillips Fox and Norton Rose. Adrian joined the Department of Defence in August 2012.

In his time in private practice, Adrian acted for a number of private and government clients. Adrian's private practice experience was broad based, acting in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Adrian is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Through the use of ADR he has resolved a number of complex high profile disputes. In 2009 Adrian was awarded a CDF Commendation in successfully remediating a disputed Defence logistics contract.

Adrian has two children, Dorothea and Dorian. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, fishing, cinema, the outdoors and coaching his children’s soccer teams.

Dr Andrew Bickerdike

Dr Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and Chair of Relationships Australia National. He holds tertiary qualifications in both economics and psychology and a Doctorate in dispute resolution. Andrew has experience and specialist training in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution and has practiced as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in research and evaluation and has initiated and implemented many research projects examining the efficacy of family services programs, and in particular mediation services, in the naturalistic setting. He is an Industry Partner in three current large Australian Research Council Linkage research projects. Collectively these research activities have attracted national and international interest and have influenced the design of models of practice.

Alysoun Boyle

Alysoun Boyle is a sole practitioner in dispute resolution. She has extensive practical experience across a broad range of dispute contexts including in national, state/territory, and local government jurisdictions; within the non-government and private sectors; and in volunteer settings. She is currently a Senior Mediator Member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, having designed the dispute resolution program that operates within that Tribunal.

Alysoun has a long-standing, demonstrable, and recognised commitment to the development and promotion of dispute resolution in Australia. Over some years, she maintained a leading role in the development, and promotion, of mediation within the former Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA); she was instrumental in ensuring IAMA’s support for, and commitment to, the effective implementation of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS); and she played a key role in the various levels of consultation that led to the integration between IAMA and LEADR in 2014. Within IAMA, Alysoun was a senior state and national office-bearer from the early 2000s up to and including 2014. She is currently a Director of LEADR&IAMA.

Alysoun has been an accredited practising mediator under the NMAS since its inception, having had the privilege of being IAMA’s first such accredited member. Alysoun has a strong reputation as an educator and trainer in the broad scope of dispute resolution. She has co-convened four and six day intensive courses on dispute resolution, at both graduate and post-graduate level, for Law Faculties at ANU, UC, and UWS. Between 2000 and 2014, she was IAMA’s Principal Mediation Instructor, and continues to conduct mediation training for LEADR&IAMA.

Margaret Halsmith

Margaret Halsmith is Director and Principal Mediator of Halsmith Dispute Resolution, through which she mediates full time in a wide variety of settings for business, government, families and individuals. She holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Arts, is accredited by the International Mediation Institute, at the advanced level by Resolution Institute and also under the National Mediator Accreditation System and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She has taught Dispute Resolution at Edith Cowan University, the University of Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

Among the governance positions in DR organisations that Ms Halsmith holds, she is the Chair of Resolution Institute Australasia, the organisation formed by the integration of LEADR and IAMA in January 2015, and a Vice Chair of the Independent Standards Commission, known as the 'think tank' of the International Mediation Institute, based in The Hague. She is also the Deputy Convenor of the Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association (WADRA) under the auspices of which she convened the sub-committee responsible for the National Mediator Accreditation System. Most recently Ms Halsmith has become a member of the executive of the newly formed Elder Mediation Australasia Network (EMAN).

Debbie Hastings

Debbie is the Deputy Commissioner for Review and Dispute Resolution (RDR) in the Australian Taxation Office. In this role, Debbie has leadership responsibility for taxation and superannuation disputes with all taxpayers, ranging from individuals and small businesses through to multinational corporations. RDR is responsible for all objections and litigation in courts and tribunals, as well as ADR practices and dispute resolution strategies across the ATO.

Debbie has extensive experience in public administration over the past 30 years. She has led litigation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Federal Court and the High Court on taxation, superannuation and administrative law issues. She also chairs consultative forums on best practice approaches and innovations in dispute resolution with key professional associations, the Law Council of Australia, the judiciary, legal practitioners and academics. In recent years Debbie has also led consultation and shared best practice approaches in dispute resolution and prevention with other tax administrations and leading tax advisors across Asia and Europe.

Debbie is a graduate in economics and law from Sydney University.

Tom Howe QC

Tom Howe QC is the Chief Counsel, Dispute Resolution, with the Australian Government Solicitor. In representing the Commonwealth for over 30 years Tom has established a reputation as an outstanding advocate and adviser. He has extensive experience in representing the Commonwealth and its agencies in many fields of Commonwealth and public law before a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court and Federal Court. He was appointed to the Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel in early 2007 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to Australian law and the Australian Government. He has a special interest in ADR in the government sector, and was a member of NADRAC for a number of years.

Kathy Douglas

Kathy Douglas is an Associate Professor in law at RMIT University. She teaches about alternative dispute resolution and mediation and has practised for many years as a mediator. She has published widely about mediator practice, legal education, conflict in housing structures and in planning. Kathy has been involved in committees regarding restorative justice and also legal education initiatives. She is committed to policy initiatives regarding ADR that provide improved access to justice.

Craig Pudig

Mr Craig Pudig is a Senior Advisor at Macquarie Group Ltd. Mr Pudig has been at Macquarie for 10 years. Prior to his current role, Mr Pudig was the global head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation at Macquarie (5 years), having previously worked in a business role in Macquarie’s investment bank division (3.5 years). He has been a lawyer for more than thirty five years and brings a wealth of commercial experience to the Association.

Before joining Macquarie, Mr Pudig was a partner at Clayton Utz for sixteen years and at Minter Ellison for four years. His areas of expertise include financial services, infrastructure, construction, engineering, contract administration, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution, and domestic and international litigation and arbitration.

Mr Pudig is on the Board of the Committee for Sydney and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Mr Pudig is or has been a member of a number of not-for-profit boards.

Susan Hamilton-Green

Susan was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1984 and since then she has practised exclusively in Family Law. Her work has involved all aspects of family law and a large part of her current practice involves appointments as an Independent Children's Lawyer. She has been accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Family Law since 1990.

Susan has been a practicing mediator since 1992. In 1994 she completed her Graduate Diploma in Judicial Administration and Alternate Dispute Resolution, and in 2008 a Graduate Vocational Diploma in Family Mediation. Susan is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme, and since 1993 as a specialist in mediation by the Law Institute of Victoria. She is also a trained Arbitrator with AIFLAM and a trained Conflict Coach by Cinergy Conflict Management Services and Resolutions Institute.

Susan regularly provides mediation training and coaching. She provides supervision for family dispute resolution practitioners, and since 2011 she has been an adjunct lecturer with the College of Law.

In 2005 Susan established her own business, undertaking private mediations, conflict coaching and conferences for the Family Dispute Resolution Service operated by Victoria Legal Aid. She has a keen interest in facilitating outcomes to suit the individual needs of families, and is currently exploring additional tools to assist in this task including recent developments in the digital world. She is the principal of Creative Family Law Solutions.

Susan's efforts in the practice and promotion of Family Dispute Resolution were recognised in 2017 when she was awarded Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the year at the Australian ADR Awards.

Sam Luttrell

Sam Luttrell specialises in international arbitration. He represents clients in cross-border disputes with other businesses and in claims against foreign governments under investment treaties and free trade agreements.

Sam has experience conducting proceedings under most of the main sets of international arbitration rules. His sector focus is Oil & Gas and Mining, but his experience spans a range of other industries, including infrastructure, defence and technology.

Jeremy Gormly SC (Chair)

Jeremy Gormly SC practises as a barrister and a mediator at the Sydney Bar. He is the former Chairman of NADRAC – the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council to the Australian Commonwealth Attorney-General (2011-2013) which advised the Commonwealth Attorney-General on the national development of dispute resolution.

Jeremy has mediated hundreds of commercial, equity, professional and medical negligence disputes. On a joint Commission from the Commonwealth Attorney-General and the Minister for Science and Personnel he mediated the long outstanding claims from the 1964 HMAS Voyager-Melbourne collision.

Jeremy has appeared as counsel assisting in numerous inquiries including the CAA/Seaview Aviation Royal Commission, the Thredbo Landslide inquiry, the Mallard Inquiry (a wrongful murder conviction inquiry in the Crime and Corruption Commission of Western Australia), the McGurk Tape inquiry (ICAC--NSW), the Curti Taser inquest, the collapse of the NSW Grains Board in ICAC, the Lindt Cafe Siege Inquest and numerous other inquiries.

Jeremy has written and lectured on ADR, electronic courtroom, pure economic loss, ethics, inquisitorial proceedings and advocacy.

Executive Secretary - Emily Bell

Emily Bell is a lawyer working within the Australian Government Solicitor’s Dispute Resolution practice. She has experience assisting the Commonwealth with a broad range of dispute types, including regulatory civil penalty matters, civil claims and administrative law disputes. Emily was exposed to the unique dispute resolution challenges faced by litigants and practitioners in the family law sector through previously held roles, which sparked her keen interest in ADR. In addition to her core dispute resolution practice, Emily has worked with the Arts Law Centre of Australia on a pro bono basis and has provided assistance to Royal Commissions. She is a prior Senior Student Editor of the Adelaide Law Review, and also holds a Bachelor of Music from the Elder Conservatorium.

Past Members

Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner is a nationally accredited mediator, facilitator and dispute system designer. She is the principal of Resolve Advisors established in 1996. She has sat on a number of not for profit boards including the former NADRAC.

Shirli practices as a commercial mediator specialising in multi-party disputes. She has worked in Australia, the USA, Israel, Singapore and Japan. She is also the dispute resolution adviser for the wholesale energy market (electricity and gas) for APRA AMCOS (music users and music creators) and won and industry award for her work in the National telecommunications market. Shirli holds a position as a Visiting Fellow at the Law school, University of New South Wales and an appointment as a sessional Registrar at the Federal Circuit Court. She practiced law at Allen Allen & Hemsely and then at Gilbert & Tobin before establishing Resolve.

Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC

Mr Cowdroy works as a mediator and arbitrator in a range of disputes throughout Australia and internationally. Mr Cowdroy was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia until he retired in 2014. At that time he also held Commissions as an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, Judge- Advocate of the Australian Defence Force, Presidential Member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and Member of Defence Force Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal.

As a result of his lengthy judicial career, Mr Cowdroy has experience in virtually every aspect of legal practice.

In 1995 Mr Cowdroy was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Returned and Services League of Australia, the community and the practice of law.