Name: Venetia Bennett
Qualifications: LLM MBus(SportMgt) LLB BA GAICD
Title: Special Counsel
Organisation: K&L Gates
Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination
I am an experienced commercial litigator at K&L Gates, having practised in all aspects of dispute resolution, including formal legal proceedings (litigation and arbitration) as well as informal dispute resolution processes such as mediation and expert determination. My practice focusses on construction, resources (oil and gas, mining services) and sports disputes. I advise and represent clients in relation to contractual disputes, construction and project issues, tortious matters, joint venture disputes, regulatory inquiries and investigations.
Some of the more notable cases that I have been involved in most recently include acting for an aged care facility in an expert determination in relation to defective building works, and advising a listed transport company, MaxiTRANS, in relation to a contractual dispute over a failed technological project. I have also recently been involved in matters involving Tennis Australia, Global Rapid Rugby, Nike, the WA Football Commission and Cricket Australia.
I am the immediate past President of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association. I am regularly appointed by sports to serve as a member or chair of disciplinary and grievance tribunals and appeal committees.
I am excited that Immediation presents an opportunity for commercially-minded clients to resolve disputes at an early juncture and in a format that avoids some of the inefficiencies of the traditional mediation process.
Immediation Area(s) of Expertise
Corporate and commercial (Agribusiness, Contracts, Corporations, Directors' duties, Energy resources mining, Joint Ventures, Misleading and deceptive conduct / fraud, Partnership, Sport)m Intellectual property, Information technology and media (Defamation, Media and entertainment), Property, construction, environment, oil, gas and mining (Building and construction, Commercial leasing, Compulsory acquisition, Environmental regulation, Franchising, Local government, Native title, Oil gas and mining, Owners Corporation, Property, Residential leasing, Restrictive covenants, Retail leasing, Security of payments, Town planning)