05 May 2011

Attorney-General launches foremost text on commercial arbitration reforms

Sydney, 5 May 2011: Clayton Utz national head of International Arbitration and leading Asia-Pacific arbitrator, Professor Doug Jones AM, has celebrated the launch of his comprehensive guide to arbitration law in Australia - "Commercial Arbitration in Australia".

The book was officially launched last night by Federal Attorney-General, the Hon. Robert McClelland MP, at Clayton Utz's Sydney office boardroom in front of an audience which included leading members of the judiciary, politicians, arbitrators, legal practitioners, and members of the business community.

"Commercial Arbitration in Australia" is an essential and timely guide which will greatly assist legal practitioners to understand the impact of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General's decision in 2010 to develop uniform arbitration legislation in each jurisdiction.

"Commercial Arbitration in Australia" includes a detailed background on the reform process; an in-depth consideration of relevant cases law from around the world; Australian jurisprudence on arbitration law and practice; a section-by-section commentary on the new Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW); and expert analysis of alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Commenting on his motivations for writing the text Professor Jones said: "With the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General's decision in 2010 to introduce uniform commercial arbitration legislation it became apparent to me that practitioners needed a comprehensive guide to the new laws. It's my hope that my book will not only be useful for day-to-day legal practice but will help encourage the greater adoption of commercial arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms."

Attorney-General McClelland supported the need to promote and educate the broader community on the benefits of arbitration: "To capitalise on the opportunities offered by arbitration, we need to promote local expertise. Through greater knowledge, we can further develop a local arbitration culture to provide a fast, fair and cost-competitive service." said Mr McClelland.

Clayton Utz's acting Chief Executive Partner Stuart Clark congratulated Professor Jones on his achievement. "Doug is one of the foremost arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific region and his knowledge of commercial arbitration is unparalleled in Australia. Clayton Utz has long supported alternative dispute resolution as a mechanism to increase cost efficiencies and improve the timeliness of the courts. We congratulate Doug on this very fine achievement."

You can order your copy of Commercial Arbitration in Australia on Thomson Reuter's website.

About Professor Doug Jones AM

Doug Jones is a Partner at Clayton Utz, where he is the head of the International Arbitration and Major Projects, Construction practice groups.

Doug has extensive experience as arbitrator and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC and ACICA Rules. He has also been regularly involved in the use of ADR in international disputes. Doug sits regularly as Arbitrator in London, in addition to many other jurisdictions, from Singapore to California, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur.

He is a chartered arbitrator and president for 2011 of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London, president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), a Foundation Fellow and graded arbitrator of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, an arbitrator member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators (London) and president of the Dispute review board foundation. He is an editorial board member of Global Arbitration Review, co-editor-in-chief of the International Construction Law Review, editorial board member of the International Trade and Business Law Review, and holds professorial appointments at Melbourne, Murdoch and Notre Dame Universities.

In January 1999 he was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to construction law and dispute resolution.

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