Dr Rob Nicholls

Name: Dr Rob Nicholls

Qualifications: PhD, MA, BSc(Hons)

Title: Mediator and Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator

Organisation: UNSW Sydney

State: NSW

Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination


I am an accredited mediator and Australia’s Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator. In addition, I am also a member of the NBN arbitration pool. I am a senior lecturer in business law at the  UNSW Business School and a member of the Centre for Law, Markets and   Regulation at UNSW Law. I am also a visiting professional fellow at UTS Sydney Law. My research interests focus on regulation of networked industries and the financial services sector. I have a special interest in regulatory interactions associated with competition and consumer law and   policy with an emphasis on the effects of technology in that space. I have had a thirty-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance. My first degree was in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Birmingham and I was awarded my PhD and MA by UNSW Sydney.

Before moving to academia, I worked for Webb   Henderson, the ACCC and spent twelve years as a client-facing consultant at   Gilbert + Tobin, including as a partner.

I am a practitioner member of the Dispute   Resolution Institute, a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and   Electronics Engineers, a member of the International Telecommunications   Society and an associate member of the American Bar Association. I am a   director of the Regulatory Policy Institute (ANZ) and the director of the   UNSW Business School Cybersecurity and Data Governance Research Network.

Personal Comment

I joined Immediation’s Panel because access   to professional dispute resolution should be accessible without undue   complexity.

Immediation Area(s) of Expertise

Corporate and commercial (ACCC, Competition   Law)

Intellectual property, Information technology   and media (Intellectual property, Information technology, Media and   Entertainment, Telecommunications)