Name: Tim Connard

Qualifications: B.Sc., LL.B.

Title: Barrister and Mediator

Organisation: Victorian Bar

State: Victoria

Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Expert Determination

Profile

I have  been a dispute resolution lawyer since 1990 and a mediator since 2001.  As a barrister I mediate a broad range of  commercial disputes and also practise as a commercial litigator. I am a  sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, sitting  in its Civil and Human Rights Divisions.

I have  undertaken advanced mediation training with Bond University’s Dispute  Resolution Centre and most recently with the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s  Program on Negotiation course Advanced Mediation: Mediating Complex Disputes.   I have been featured as a leading mediator  in Victoria in Doyles Guide each year that the list has been published and  I am accredited by the Victorian Bar as an advanced mediator.

In my roles with the Federal Court of  Australia from 2001-2007 I undertook mediations in all major areas of the  Court’s jurisdiction and trained and mentored new mediators.   During this time I co-developed and  delivered mediation skills training for the judiciary and legal profession in  the South Pacific.  

Personal Comment

I remain as enthusiastic about mediation as the day I  started.  Having practised as a  litigation lawyer for three decades in roles including as a corporate lawyer  for a major bank, as a solicitor and counsel and as a decision maker, I  firmly believe that mediation is the best way to resolve civil disputes.

Immediation Area(s) of Expertise

Banking  and Finance (Banking, Bankruptcy and insolvency, Consumer credit, Financial  instruments, Mortgages), Common law and professional regulation (Professional  negligence), Corporate and commercial (Consumer protection, Contracts,  Corporations, Directors’ duties, Franchising, Misleading and deceptive  conduct/fraud, Unconscionable conduct), Employment, industrial relations and  discrimination (Discrimination, Employment, Equal opportunity)


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