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Our Members


Antonino Albert (Toni) de Fina    O.A.M
Toni de Fina is internationally recognised as a pre- eminent arbitrator.
A Past President and Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and Past President the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, he has conducted a very large number of arbitrations, both domestically and internationally involving not only substantial amounts (in one case USD 7 billion) but also complex legal and factual issues.

In addition to his arbitral experience he is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer ( EU and Australia) a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Court of the Cour Europe’enne d’Arbitage (EU) and International Arbitration Institute (France).

His unique and  broad experience as an arbitrator has concerned a diverse range of industries involving  scientific  and  technology issues , building and construction, intellectual property ,shipping and transport, harbour construction, dredging, tunnelling, major infrastructure, power and energy ,oil, gas and mineral concessions, resources and processes.  Although he generally sits as a sole arbitrator or facilitator he has also chaired many international arbitral tribunals. He has acted as a party appointed arbitrator on numerous occasions.

He practises in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A member by appointment, invitation of decree of 25 International Arbitration Panels, he has conducted arbitrations under various institutional rules such as, ICC,SIAC and DIAC,UNICITRAL, ad hoc and under the jurisdiction of Common Law ( Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom ,USA,Canada[BC],Singapore, Hong Kong, India,), Civil Code ( France, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan ,Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, Korea Switzerland,Venezuela,Chile) or Arab Commercial Codes and procedural law ( Bahrain,Dubai,Oman and UAE ) substantive or procedural law and in languages other than English. In addition to English, he speaks Italian and French.

He has been independently assessed and listed in 1996 and 1998 by Euromoney Publications as one of the  “Worlds Leading Experts on Commercial Arbitration’’ , by Asia Law and Practice Publications in “Asia’s Leading Lawyers” 1997,1998,199,2000,2001,2002,2004,2005 and 2008 editions, by Law Business Research in “An International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators’’ 1999 edition, Who’s Who Legal 2001 and 2003 editions and Euromoney Legal Media Group in ‘’Experts in Commercial Arbitration’’ 2002 and 2004 editions.

An occasional lecturer on International Arbitration to higher degree law course students at University of Technology Sydney, Monash, Deakin, Melbourne, Victoria and La Trobe Universities he is a featured  or Keynote speaker at national and International Symposia or Conferences on Law, Arbitration, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Engineering and Naval Architecture. In excess of 180 papers have been published in respect of Arbitration and International Arbitration, Engineering, Construction, Ship and Boat Design, Expert Witnesses, Professional Negligence and Liability.

Richard Lightfoot
Richard Lightfoot, a qualified lawyer and engineer, is a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (“IAMA’’) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London. Richard has served as the Chapter Chairperson of IAMA in the State of Victoria and is a Consulting Engineer who has over the last 26 years provided expert evidence in the Courts of Victoria. His engineering expertise has been principally in extractive industries. An international arbitrator and mediator, who also contributes to the profession through his interest in training arbitrators including coaching the winning team from La Trobe University, Australia in the 2009 International Convention on Settlement of Investment Disputes Moot in Frankfurt. Other interests include, Antarctica have spent nine years with various Australian expeditions , over wintering in 1973 at Casey Station and as Chief Engineer and later Assistant Director Engineering  and Operations overseeing Antarctic building operations during 1970’s and 1980’s. Richard is presently researching dispute resolution as it relates to carbon trading and for submission for his degree of Doctor of Juridical Science.

Hugh McArdle
Hugh McArdle is an Australian lawyer, independent arbitrator and mediator. He has been a legal practitioner for in excess of thirty years having had the conduct of a wide variety of complex litigation, particularly matters pertaining to employment, and public sector law. A member of the Victorian Chapter of the Committee of Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria, he is actively involved in all aspects of dispute resolution, including commercial, insolvency and contractual disputes. More details can be found at his website  and at

He has an ongoing involvement with coaching students at La Trobe University, Melbourne for the William C Vis international commercial arbitration moot competition in Hong Kong and Vienna.

Robert Dean
Dr Robert Dean is an Arbitrator, Mediator and also practising barrister at the Victorian Bar since 1983. He is the author of the leading textbook “The Law of Trade Secrets” published by Thomson Reuters for which he was awarded the rare degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Prior to this award he attained the degrees of B.Sc, LL.B (Monash University), LL.M (University of Melbourne), and M.A Economics (University of Cambridge). He also holds a Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide.

He is a speaker and author of numerous articles on company, intellectual property and commercial law. His unique knowledge and expertise in these fields makes him ideally suited to appearing as Counsel or conducting Arbitrations. More details can be found on his website at and


Ron Salter
Ron Salter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Arbitration, and when previously a member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, was accredited as a Grade 1 arbitrator. He is also a member of arbitration panels operated by a number of institutions such as the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of International Maritime Conciliation & Mediation Panel. Member Comite Maritime International.

He is presently a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), a councillor and director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australian Branch), and was formerly a national councillor and director of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA).

Ron regularly acts as arbitrator or mediator, both domestically and internationally, in a variety of commercial disputes, including shipping, aviation, insurance, trade, commodities, partnerships, travel, property, professional liability, and infrastructure projects. He has been listed in four separate Euromoney Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers (shipping and maritime, litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration), as well as in publications such as Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Shipping Lawyers, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, and Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

He is included in the 2013 guide to the world's leading experts on commercial arbitration. A Band 1 Shipping Lawyer Asia-Pacific 2013, best lawyer for Transportation 2013 and Trade lawyer of the year 2013.

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