The late David Newton was one of Australia's most experienced dispute resolution specialists. Sadly, he passed away in September 2016.

Mediation, Conciliation & Facilitation
David was a Solicitor and the first Secretary General of an Australian dispute resolution centre and a pioneer of commercial mediation in Australia.

David managed over 2,000 disputes with settlements totalling in excess of $1 billion.

He was on the mediator panels of Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regionial Centre for Arbitration and the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation.

David was trained in mediation and facilitation at Harvard Law School, the University of Hawaii and by the American Arbitration Association.

Design and Provision of Training
David has conducted mediation/negotiation training courses in Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Macau, Bahrain, New Zealand and the Philippines.

David has developed negotiation and mediation courses at an introductory level, intensive 5-day core skills training and at an advanced level.

David has also trained groups specifically in dealing with complaints, with representing clients in negotiation and mediation processes and in specific application of dispute management skills in specialty areas.

He was on the Training Faculty of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution in New York and has been approved as a mediator trainer by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Mediation and Accreditation Association and other international bodies.

Design of Industry Dispute Resolution Schemes
David has managed disputes in a broad range of areas including telecommunications, construction, petroleum, electricity, franchise, food, planning and development and health and environment.

David was appointed as

  • Mediation Adviser under the Franchising Code of Conduct*
  • Dispute Resolution Adviser under the Australian Oil Industry Code*
  • Mediation Adviser under the Horticulture Code of Conduct*
  • Conciliator for the Australian Film Exhibition and Distribution Code
  • Dispute Resolution Advisor under the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct
The above appointments were made by the Australian Government* or by the relevant industry.