Name: Tim Connard
Qualifications: B.Sc., LL.B.
Title: Barrister and Mediator
Organisation: Victorian Bar
Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Expert Determination
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.
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)