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John McGruther

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Australia - NSW
Mediation Profile

Solicitor & Barrister - Supreme Court of New South Wales (Admitted 1977)

Solicitor - Supreme Court of Queensland (Admitted 1972)

Solicitor - England & Wales (Admitted by Lord Denning MR – 1981)

Solicitor & Barrister - Supreme Court of Victoria (Admitted 1984)

Solicitor - Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies)

Accredited Specialist (Business Law) NSW

Highly experienced Arbitrator and Mediator

Expert Evaluator

Commissioner for Oaths

Code of Conduct Commissioner (Sydney Cricket)

Significantly experienced over 30 years in:

- Mediation System Design

- As a Mediator, Facilitator, Expert Evaluator, Independent Chairman, Neutral Evaluator, Conciliator and Arbitrator.

Extensive Mediation experience since 1984, commercial, general and Governmental Mediation in Australia and Internationally.

Facilitative, Conciliatory, Restorative.

Some of my main ADR Practice areas include (no priority order): * Sports (National/ International) (Code of Conduct Commissioner for Cricket NSW for 15 years, continuing) * Inter-Governmental/ Political * Religious, Charities and Not-for-Profit bodies * Environmental/ Community Groups * Inter Cultural * Independent Chairmanship * Neutral Appraisal, Expert Determination and Arbitration * Facilitator and Negotiator *Domain Names * Defence/ Military/ Armed Services * Workplace Conflict/ Industrial Relations * Local Government/ Urban Planning * Franchise Disputes * Retail & Commercial Leases * Farm Debt/ Banking Disputes * Fisheries/ Ocean/ River/ Environmental * Water/ Irrigation/ Water Supply * Agriculture & Farming * Food Production, Manufacture, Co- Manufacture, Labelling, Joint Ventures & Marketing * Pharmaceuticals, Flavours, Cosmetic and Fragrance Industries * Real Estate/ Property, Transactions and Contracts * Building and Construction * Schools & Education * Workplace Injury & Workers Compensation * Personnel, HR, Employment & Human Resources * Financing & Banking * Trade Marks & Intellectual Property * Professional Negligence including Medical, Dental, Hospitals, Legal/ other Professions * Insurance * Business & Commercial Disputes * Partnerships & Associations * Dispute Systems Design * Legal costs and Costs assessment (NSW)

To be settled by consent on any referral. General guide at $450 (Aus) + GST per hour or aprox $4,500 + GST (Aus) per day

  • Law Societies of NSW, Queensland, Victoria
  • Member of LEADR/IAMA, ACICA
  • Very active including in the various Panels of, or for, Supreme Court of NSW, Land & Environment Court NSW, Law Society of NSW, Law Institute Victoria, Law Society of Queensland, Rural Assistance Authority (Farm Debt Mediation), Retail Tenancy Dispute Unit, Franchise Code of Conduct NSW, Workers Compensation Commission NSW, Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR), IAMA, ADC
  • Refer Mediator Profile for further areas

Full CV can be sent on request. Master of Mediation (MATA) UK 2011, 2012 and 2013, Italy 2010.

Training and Education

Apart from activity over 30 years as a Mediator, ADR Specialist, am frequent ADR Coach and Presenter in Australia and Internationally.

Actively participate in training and in mentoring students, both professional and other, in conflict resolution including in Mediation.


"A Right Moment to Mediate" 2010

"Mediation Developments in Australia and Pacific Region" 2012.

"Mandatory Mediation and Access to Justice" 2013

Amongst many other over the years.


NMAS Specialist Accredited Mediator in Australia since inception. All Mediation Codes, including at State and Federal Governmental, and legislative, levels adhered to.

As available to parties and representatives under applicable Codes and legislation. No complaint recorded.

Yes. Comprehensive Insurances carried for ALL ADR processes. I personally negotiated for LEADR Australia its current comprehensive ADR Insurances for Mediators. WR Berkley Insurance Australia (LEADR Combined Policy) with Aon Risk Services Australia Limited…for all Dispute Resolution Services..maximum cover $10 million any one claim ($20 million Public Liability).

John Anthony Mcgruther