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Launch of new Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre

Melbourne’s reputation as a centre of excellence for commercial dispute resolution will be enhanced with the launch of the new Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

The Centre has been established under a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Justice, Victorian Bar, Law Institute of Victoria and the courts.

Attorney-General Robert Clark and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria The Hon. Marilyn Warren AC QC today joined the Victorian Bar and Law Institute of Victoria in launching the new Melbourne centre.

Mr Clark said the Centre, to be headquartered in the William Cooper Justice Centre in William Street, would ensure parties had access to Melbourne’s best arbitration and mediation facilities right in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct.

“Today’s launch of the Centre, including an innovative online venue booking facility, is an important step towards Melbourne becoming a key part of the international arbitration hub in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Clark said.

Melbourne arbitration and mediation professionals include numerous highly skilled and experienced barristers, solicitors and other specialists with expertise in resolving both domestic and international disputes.

The launch of the Centre follows the introduction of a new Victorian Commercial Arbitration Act in 2011, based on international model rules, and a commitment to uniform regulation of the legal profession.

The Supreme Court, County Court and legal profession in Victoria have worked closely with the Government to establish the Centre.

“The Melbourne Centre is the next part of the Australian arbitration grid. With Sydney, Melbourne and soon, hopefully, Perth, arbitrations will be encouraged and well-served in Australia,” Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said.