Michael C. Pryles

Professional Experience

Michael Pryles is one of the leading arbitrators in the Asia/Pacific Region. A recent survey by Cross-border Quarterly (July-September 2006) ranked him in the top 20 arbitration specialists in the world.

He has sat as an arbitrator in over 200 cases in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Michael has experience of both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCC, JCAA, KLRCA and Swiss rules, and investor-state arbitrations under the ICSID rules, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules (BITs, NAFTA and state investor protection laws).

These have involved investment, construction, energy, commercial, technology-transfer and joint venture disputes with sums claimed up to US $5 billion.

Michael has published extensively. Previously he was a partner in a major Australian law firm and before that he held a named chair in Australia’s largest law school. He has also held numerous international appointments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMichael Pryles has extensive experience in International Arbitration. Selected appointments are: Chairman in a dispute between a US corporation and Chinese individual concerning the office supply industry. UNCITRAL Rules. Place of arbitration: Hong Kong. Amount in dispute: US$100 million, Party appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a US corporation and various Indonesian entities concerning the mining industry. SIAC Rules. Place of arbitration: Singapore. Amount in dispute: US$310 million. For full list, please see Michel Pryles web page.

Michael Pryles has gained invaluable skills and knowledge through his domestic arbitration experience as well as mediation experience during his career (please see Michael Pryles web page).

Professional and Other Activities

  • Who’s Who Legal 2006 considered Michael to be “a level above the rest“.
  • The Practical Law Company Yearbook 2006 ranked Michael as one of the leading lawyers in Australia in dispute resolution.
  • Cross-Border Quarterly 2006 ranked Michael in the top 20 arbitration specialists in the world.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2007 described Michael as “the top dog on international arbitration in Australia” and stated that he is seen as being “head and shoulders above everyone else“.
  • Chambers Global 2007 described Michael as “experienced and extremely sound“.
  • The Practical Law Company Yearbook 2007 rated Michael as a leading individual in dispute resolution in Australia and described him as a “well-known international corporate arbitrator“.
  • Chambers Asia 2008 stated that Michael ‘“works hard, thinks smart and always focuses upon what is important”. He was the founding President of the APRAG, and few have contributed as much to the growth of the regional arbitration community as he has. Commentators champion his “independence, diligence and speed in procedural issues” while also lauding his “swift responsiveness in dealing with parties’ requests. Win or lose Counsel will never leave with any complaints of Pryles”‘.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2008 described Michael as having ‘“an international standing and exposure on commercial arbitration” that makes him the most highly-regarded Australian in the book‘.
  • Chambers Global 2008 described Michael as a ‘world-renowned arbitrator‘ who is ‘[a] strong contributor to the development of arbitration within the Asia-Pacific region‘ and ‘was the founding president of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group‘.
  • Michael was recognised as one of Australia’s top lawyers, as judged by their peers, Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2008, and 6 March 2009.
  • Michael was ranked as one of the 5 leading individuals in dispute resolution in Australia by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008 and 2009.
  • Chambers Asia 2009 described “Full-time arbitrator Pryles” as “perhaps Australia’s most successful export in this field”.
  • Who’s Who Legal, Commercial Arbitration 2010, described Michael Pryles as a “star”.
Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Doctor of the Science of Law
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Laws
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Fellow, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia
  • Fellow, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator (UK)
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator, Australia

Prof. Doug Jones

Professional Experience

Doug Jones is an international infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer, and a Sydney-based partner in the Australian Law firm of Clayton Utz, where he heads the International Arbitration Group. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and door tenant at Atkin Chambers, London. He is a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University and an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Australia.

Doug Jones is one of the leading arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific region having experience of both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, KLRCA, HKIAC, ACICA, DIAC and other International Rules. He sits regularly as Arbitrator in London; in addition to many other jurisdictions, from Singapore to California, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur.

The arbitrations in which he has been involved include Infrastructure, Energy, Commodities, Intellectual Property, Commercial and Joint Venture disputes with sums claimed up to US$1 billion.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Doug has had over 30 years experience in project work, as Counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and mediations, and as an Arbitrator (sole, party appointed and chair). Recent arbitral appointments include (Please refer to website for complete listing):

Position Seat Rules Dispute
Member 3 person Tribunal Hong Kong ICC Construction Supply dispute
Member 3 Person Court Panel London LCIA Appeal against arbitrator
3 Person Tribunal Kuala Lumpur UNCITRAL Oil and gas dispute
Chairman Dubai ICC Construction dispute
Member 3 person Tribunal London ICC Sewerage Plant Construction Dispute

Doug Jones uses a flexible approach as the key to success in ADR procedures.

  • Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)(2007)
  • Graded Arbitrator and Foundation Fellow, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (1985)
  • Fellow, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, (AMINZ) (2012)

Certificate of Completion (Dispute Resolution Board Australasia Inc, Lessons Learned Workshop) 2010

Professional and Other Activities

Doug Jones has published and spoken extensively and holds Professorial appointments at two Australian Universities. Highlights of Mr. Jones’s litigation career include (Please refer to website for complete listing):

  • President, Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Past President (2011) Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
  • Member of the LCIA Court
  • President of the Dispute Resolution Board of Australasia Inc.
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Vice President, Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group
  • Member, Australian Council of International Project Finance Association
  • Honorary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Editorial Board Member, Global Arbitration Review
  • Member, ICC Australia Arbitration Committee
  • Arbitrator member, Society of Construction Arbitrators (London)
    • Recognized locally and internationally for dispute resolution and project expertise. Doug sits as an international commercial and investor/state arbitrator. His experience in International Arbitration and Construction has regularly been recognized by his peers.
    • Doug Jones has been described as “a phenomenon” and “the statesman of the industry'” by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012). He is recognized as one of the most in demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category.
    • He was also ranked in the Projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (Arbitration) in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012)
    • Doug Jones is named one of only five ‘star individuals’ in Australia, by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011)
Academic Qualifications

B.L., University of Queensland, 1972
B.A., University of Queensland, 1974
M.L., University of Queensland, 1977

 

Hon. Neil A. Brown

Professional Experience

The Hon Neil Brown QC is a Queens Counsel in Australia and has had a long and distinguished career in government and the law. He was a Minister in the Federal Government in Australia in charge of portfolios in Attorney-General’s, Communications and Employment and Youth Affairs. In the law, he has appeared in every jurisdiction in Australia and has had experience in commercial, intellectual property, town planning and taxation matters. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator practicing in international and domestic matters in the commercial, communication, intellectual property and governmental fields. He is a leading arbitrator and adviser on internet domain name disputes. Representative cases include:

  • International arbitrations on the sale of goods.
  • A long series of arbitrations, advice, lecturing and tutoring on domain names.
  • Two arbitrations on GST (VAT) relating to small business.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the international sale of goods between India and the United States.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the sale of Australian wine to the USA.
  • Arbitration of a dispute between NSW /overseas principal and Victorian agent.
  • Alternative dispute resolution hearing on the price of electricity.
  • Mediation of a dispute on competing proposals for the development of a large tract of land in New South Wales.
  • Mediation of dispute on the provision of fringe benefits under a group of remuneration contracts relating to Fringe Benefits Tax.
  • Mediation on breach of service contract involving IP.
  • Mediation of large construction dispute over steel fixing.
  • Mediation of a dispute on restraint of trade on former employees and directors.
  • Mediation of dispute between lender and shareholders and directors of company.
  • Dispute on the terms of a consultancy agreement.
  • Numerous mediations on quality of work, claims for extras and delays in works.
  • Mediation of several disputes between a private health insurer and groups of private hospitals on the degree of reimbursement to be paid by the insurer to the hospitals.
  • Mediation of several disputes between universities/research institutions and investors on the commercialization of inventions.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Practiced in dispute resolution tribunals, arbitration and mediation since 1964
Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator of The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia since 2004
Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Intellectual property, Society of Australia and New Zealand

Professional and Other Activities

Maintaining website on domain name arbitration at www.domaintimes.info
Extensive writing and lecturing on arbitration and mediation, including domain name arbitration.

Academic Qualifications

University of Melbourne, LLB 1963

Dr. Christian W. Konrad

Professional Experience

Christian W. Konrad has represented international organizations and businesses in a broad range of arbitration and litigation disputes. The disputes involved long-term energy contracts, complex construction contracts, concession agreements, entitlement to natural resources, immunity from jurisdiction, infrastructure projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises clients on the protection of their investments and on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Furthermore, he serves as Sole and Co-Arbitrator as well as Chairman to the Arbitral Tribunal in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of numerous arbitration institutions. He regularly publishes and lectures about his field of expertise.

Prior to founding Konrad & Partners, Christian W. Konrad worked as Counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group in London and Vienna. He also acted as Senior Associate in the International Dispute Resolution team of the Austrian Advocates Alliance, and was General Counsel in a Real Estate Development and Construction Company for many years.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Practicing Arbitrator since 2002 (as Sole & Co-Arbitrator and as Chairman)
  • Appointed to the Panels of following Arbitration Bodies:
    • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (International Panel of Experts)
    • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
    • Czech Arbitration Court (Arbitrators for International Disputes)
    • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (Fellow)
    • Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Foreign Arbitrator)
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC Panel of Arbitrators and Emergency Arbitrators)
    • Public Institution of Vilnius International and National Arbitration (Arbitrator)
    • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (Panel of Arbitrators)
    • Lithuanian Arbitration Association (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS List of Arbitrators)
    • Court of Arbitration of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce (List of Arbitrators)
    • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (List of Arbitrators)
    • The Indonesia National Board Of Arbitration (List of Arbitrators of BANI)
    • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre and New Zealand International Arbitration Centre
    • Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    • Court of Arbitration at Lewiatan- Polish Confederation of Private Employers
    • Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (Panel of Arbitrators)

Professional and Other Activities

  • Selected Publications (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): ‘The Vienna Rules – A Commentary on International Arbitration in Austria’ (Kluwer Law International 2009), ‘Costs in International Arbitration, A Central and Southern Eastern European Perspective’ (Linde Verlag 2008), ‘Costs in International Commercial Arbitration – a comparative overview of civil and common law doctrines’ (Austrian Arbitration Yearbook, Manz 2008)
  • Selected Professional Memberships (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman), London Court of International Arbitration, London Arbitration Club, Austrian Arbitration Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)

Academic Qualifications

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test (Solicitor)
Bar examination (with distinction), Vienna Bar Association
Master of Laws (International Business Law), University of London – King’s College
PhD in Law (Doctor Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School
Master of Jurisprudence (Magister Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School