PCERA Annual Conference 2017

Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Annual Conference

The Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration (PCERA) held its 2017 annual conference on 5 October at the Perth Concert Hall. Over 120 members and guests were in attendance.

“Arbitrator Choice: Avoiding Calamity and Advancing Capacity” was the topic of discussion, particularly considering the cultural and technical implications of choosing particular arbitrators or arbitrator types to resolve energy and resources disputes.

Liz Macknay, a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, moderated the panel consisting of international, institutional and in-house professionals:

  • Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, London Court of International Arbitration;
  • Mr Joe Tirado, Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR, Garrigues, London;
  • Ms Leah Ratcliff, Head of Disputes, BHP Billiton;
  • Mr Troy McKelvie, Senior Legal Counsel, Alinta Energy.

Each panellist gave invaluable insights into arbitral appointments , discussing the preference for technical or legal skills, cultural and language issues, conflicts and confidentiality, diversity and inclusion and lessons they have learnt from their experiences.

PCERA would like to thank all those involved in making this year’s conference a great success.

PCERA is a not-for-profit company, established to coordinate and facilitate the resolution of disputes in the energy and resources sectors and related industries by way of arbitration and other innovative and specialised methods of alternative dispute resolution. Additional information about PCERA is available at http://www.pcera.org.

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Daniella Harlan