Edward J. Blakely

Emeritus Professor

University of California at Berkeley & Univ of Sydney


LLM Pritzker, School of Law Northwestern Univ (USA)

Graduate Diploma Public and Corporate Finance/Real Estate (IE Univ Spain)

Graduate Certificate in Global Law (Griffith Univ, Aus int’l private law & arbitration)

Certificate Mediation, Australian Disputes Centre

Acting Commissioner New South Wales Land & Environment Court

Mediator New South Wales Commissioner Small Business

Mediator Office of the Franchising Mediation Adviser—national panel all States & Territories, Australian Government

Dr. Edward J. Blakely is an Acting Commissioner on the New South Wales Land and Environment Court where he is involved in alternate dispute resolution services. Previously, he served as a Commissioner for the Central District (Greater Parramatta, the Hills, Blacktown and Cumberland) Greater Sydney Commission. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and formerly with the United States Studies. He is the founder and principal of the Cities Leadership Institute in Australia.

He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post includes coordinating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to accomplish this task. He was formerly Dean of the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University.

Ed is an internationally recognized leader in urban community development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He serves on several corporate boards including a several multi-million-dollar real estate development firm. He also served on several US stock exchange board and officer on the Board of ESA one of the largest environmental firms in the United States. He was a principal with Humboldt Realty of Oakland, California. He served on the Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank. Ed served in the Nixon era Dept of State that opened China among other noteworthy accomplishment of that President on the international front. Post Nixon, Ed served in a variety of diplomatic and international aide roles in negotiation and conflict resolution. He has a strong background in international private and public international law. He was named by President Clinton to serve as Vice Chairman of the Presidio Trust and served in the Nixon Administration as well as advisory roles for three other White Houses. He has been engaged in both urban and rural research. His rural research gained him the Community Development Research award in 2002. His urban research led Samuel Guggenheim Fellowship 1995. He has been a named lecturer or visiting faculty member at University of Venice (Current) Oxford, Cambridge, Rutgers, and Harvard, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Penn, UCLA, Sydney University, Melbourne University, and several internationally prestigious forums. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Development and Transportation. He currently holds visiting professorships at the University of the Vaal n South Africa and the University of Venice in Italy as well as Emeritus Dean and Professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the New School, New York.

Ed is a mediator and dispute resolution specialists, in complex cases for the land and environment court regarding land use, planning, design, construction and related matters. He has been a court appointed mediator and conciliator for major infrastructure, insurance and related business disputes. He has worked on First Peoples’ issue regarding and land commercial disputes in the United States and Australia. He serves on the New South Wales Small Business Commissioner and the Australian National Franchise Mediation Panel.

International Council Commercial Arbitrators

International Mediation Network

CERTIFIED AUSTRALIA & INTERNATIONAL Alternate Dispute Resolution and


New South Wales and International Bar Associations

Aaron Bourke

Aaron Bourke is a partner in the Banking and Finance team in the Brisbane office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in corporate & leveraged acquisition finance, property & construction finance, project finance and asset finance. Aaron also practices in the area of credit restructurings, secondary debt trading and insolvency. He represents both financiers and borrowers which gives him an in-depth understanding of the market place and the competing tensions within a transaction. Aaron also has cross-border expertise having worked on numerous security and other finance issues in the US, PRC, Asia, UK, N.Z., Europe, Middle East and South America.

Aaron is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Law School where he wrote and lectures the law school’s Banking & Finance subject. Aaron is also a contributor to the latest edition of the firm’s text book ‘Australian Finance Law’. He was Best Lawyer’s Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year for Brisbane in 2017.

His expertise is across multiple industries including energy & resources, mining services, aviation, agriculture, retail, health, construction, aged care, education and manufacturing.

Aaron has advised on corporate financings for Hyne & Son, Silver Chef, Pepper Home Loans, Tatts Group, Devine Limited, Alliance Airlines, Australian Country Choice, National Storage Limited, Cardno, Australian Agricultural Company and leveraged acquisition financing for Puma Energy, McAleese, Super Retail, Industrea and L J Hooker. He has worked on property and construction transactions involving the Soul, Sheraton and Oracle towers on the Gold Coast, the Mirage Resorts, the Green Island Resort and the Qantas Headquarters in Sydney. Aaron has worked on project financing for Horizon Oil, Central Queensland Port Authority, Pan Aust Limited, Macarthur Coal, GE, and numerous projects for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

His experience in credit restructures, secondary debt trading and insolvency includes credit restructures, debt trades and related work involving Raptis, Octaviar (MFS) entities, HMP Group, WOW Sight and Sound, Juniper entities (Soul) and ABC Learning.

Aaron has drafted a complete package of retail and commercial documents for Bank of Queensland and advised on regulatory and integration issues.

About Us:

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2000 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, we help clients to open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.

Kathryn Pacey

Kathryn Pacey’s clients – both public and private sector – get specialist environment and planning law advice, backed up by a track record in environment and planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court, inquiries and Supreme Court.

Her particular focus on major projects approvals and environmental assessments has led to her managing project approvals from application stage through to compliance for some of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure and resources projects.

More generally, Kathryn helps clients with their obligations under environment laws, from the day-to-day issues such as site environmental compliance, through to the complex and high-profile problems of incident management.

She also carries out due diligence for vendors and purchasers of land, agricultural businesses, mining interests and industrial facilities.

Other environment and planning issues that Kathryn advises on include master planning for new communities; vegetation clearing and offsets; waste management; local, State and Commonwealth heritage issues; contamination; water licensing; compliance and town planning.


Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in

– Mining law (2014-2019)
– Natural Resources law (2014-2019)
– Planning and Environmental law (2015-2019)
– Climate Change law (2015-2019)

IFLR 1000: ranks Kathryn as a notable practitioner (2018)

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ): Finalist for Woman Lawyer of the Year (2015)


– Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences), University of Queensland (2000)
– Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (2001)
– Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology (2001)
– Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (2005)

Admitted to Practice:

– Queensland (2001)
– High Court of Australia (2003)


– Queensland Law Society
– Queensland Resources Council


Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office is in the award-winning Riparian Plaza in the central business district of Brisbane, close to the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier.

Victor Borzillo

Victor Borzillo has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provides tailored and commercially focused advice in relation to structuring projects, preparing, negotiating and administering contracts and resolving complex disputes and claims through a range of court proceedings, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations and general commercial negotiations.

As well as many years of private practice experience, Victor has considerable in-house experience as an independent consultant providing both legal and project management services. As well as providing external advice, he has also worked internally as part of large project teams responsible for the delivery and commissioning of major marine, mining, manufacturing and water infrastructure projects.

Victor is regularly called upon by national and international senior executives and boards across a range of business sectors to provide advice on commercial and project related issues.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws (majoring in alternative dispute resolution).

Area of Expertise:

– Commercial contracts and advice
– Construction and engineering
– Construction disputes
– Construction project procurement, risk management and contract administration
– Infrastructure, major projects and PPPs
– Project structuring


– Society of Construction Law Australia
– Australian Water Association
– Queensland Law Society

Our History:

George Williams BEc LLB (Hons) Macq, LLM UNSW, PhD ANU

George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York, and Durham University and University College London in the United Kingdom.

He has written and edited 35 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution. He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court in many cases over the past two decades, including on freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Fiji, including on the legality of the 2000 coup.

As chair of the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee in 2005 he helped bring about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System that produced the historic referral of State industrial power over the private sector to the Commonwealth. He has also served on a High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations, was a member of the NSW Government’s Panel to Examine Recall Elections and assisted the Northern Territory in its attempt to become Australia’s seventh State as a member of its Constitutional Convention Committee.

George is a well-known media commentator on legal issues. He has been a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times and an on-air analyst for ABC Television. He is currently a columnist for The Australian, and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National.

George was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011: ‘For distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.’

Areas of Expertise:

Charters of Rights, Constitutional Law, Electoral Law, Federalism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law Reform, National Security and Terrorism, Public Law, Referendums.


– Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow
– AsiaRights Journal, Editorial Board
– Australasian Parliamentary Review, Editorial Board
– Australian Academy of Law, Fellow
– Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Member
– Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Member
– Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, Advisory Board
– Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London School of Law, International Advisory Group
– Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Member Australian Press Freedom Committee
– New South Wales Bar Association, Member
– New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Advisory Board
– Public Policy, Editorial Board

Research Supervision:

– Shipra Chordia (PhD; ‘Proportionality and the Australian Constitution’)
– Genna Churches (PhD; ‘Mass Surveillance and Data Retention in Australia’)
– Harry Hobbs (PhD; ‘Aboriginal Peoples and Public Law Reform’)
– Soula Papadopoulos (SJD; ‘Co-operative Federalism is not a Constitutional Term’)


– 2012-2014 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘New Models of Co-Operative Federalism In Australia: Constitutional Principles and Practice’ (with Dr AN Lynch).
– 2009-2014 ARC Laureate Fellowship for ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’
– 2009-2011 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Federalism for the 21st Century – A Framework for Achieving Reform and Change’ (with Dr AN Lynch; Prof G Craven; Prof NA Warren).
– 2008 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Upgrade Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; Prof B Costar; Prof RE Tiffen; A/Prof JD Spoehr).
– 2008 UNSW GoldStar Grant for ‘Reforming Australian Federalism’ (with Dr A Lynch, Prof G Craven, Prof N Warren).
– 2006 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Development Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; A/Prof RE Tiffen; Dr PA Strangio; Prof B Costar; A/Prof JD Spoehr)
– 2005-2009 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Terrorism and Public Law after September 11’.
– 2005-2006 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Regional Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: The Development of a Legal Framework and Practical Models to Address Discrimination and Disadvantage.’ (with Larissa Behrendt).
– 2005 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Enhancement Project’ (with Prof J Thomas, Dr D Burchell, Dr B Costar and A/Prof RE Tiffen).
– 2004-2009 ARC Research Network Grant for ‘The Governance Research Network (GovNet)'(with 50 partners).
– 2004 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Archive Project’ (with Dr JD Thomas, Dr DL Meredyth, Dr D Burchell and Dr B Costar).
– 2003-2004 Law and Justice Foundation Grant for ‘”Homeless Persons” Legal Rights (Pilot) Project’ (with Cassandra Goldie).
– 2002-2004 Myer Foundation Grant for ‘A Framework for a Shared Future’ (via Reconciliation Australia).
– 2002-2005 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘International Challenges to the Australian Legal System Trade and Human Rights’ (with Hilary Charlesworth)
– 2002-2004 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Public Law Implications of Treaty Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians’ (with Larissa Behrendt and Lisa Strelein).
– 2002-2003 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Australian Electoral Law Building a System for the 21st Century’ (with Graeme Orr).
– 1999-2001 National Council for the Centenary of Federation Grant for ‘Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1999-2000 Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program Grant for ‘Interveners in Public Interest Litigation in Canada and Australia’.
– 1998-2000 Large ARC Grant for ‘A Scholarly Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1998 Small ARC Grant for ‘Australian and United States Constitutional Law: Influences and Comparisons’ (with Adrienne Stone).
– 1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Industrial Relations and the Australian Constitution’.
– 1996-1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Human Rights under the Australian Constitution’.

Stuart Windybank

Stuart has developed his specialist insurance law practice to enable him to provide a broad range of legal services to Australian-based and international authorised insurers, underwriting agencies, general insurance brokers, self insurers and public authorities on all aspects of their:

  • General liability (Public and Product liability, product recall, and financial injury)
  • contract works and construction liability exposures
  • environmental and energy liability claims.

Stuart’s general public liability practice includes litigated and unlitigated claims for personal injury, product liability and property damage, as well as indemnity advice and drafting of relevant insurance provisions and litigation for insureds and insurers in respect of policy interpretation.

He has extensive experience on mining and construction matters, including

  • property damage
  • business interruption claims
  • construction disputes
  • building failures.

He advises on policy response and acts in defence of claims involving head building contractors, structural and geo technical engineers, project managers and architects.

Stuart’s environmental and energy liability practice involves public land contamination cases, advising on:

  • regulatory breaches of environmental legislation
  • defending EPA prosecutions
  • advising on and defending major power and energy first and third party claims.

McCabes Lawyers:

McCabes is a leading Australian law firm with a reputation for delivering high quality service.

Led by Managing Principal, Andrew Lacey, McCabes was founded in 1991 by Terry McCabe with a small office of five employees. McCabes has since grown to over 100 staff with teams of specialists that provide quality and timely advice across a broad range of industries.

McCabes is a principal-driven firm with the flexibility to act quickly, the resources to deliver quality, and the efficiency to provide services at competitive rates.

The feedback we receive indicates we are easy to work with because of our collaborative approach and the accessibility of our principals. Balanced with a strong internal emphasis on culture and values, McCabes has the capability to combine innovation with commercial savviness to bring rewarding outcomes to all our clients.

Celebrating over 25 years, McCabes has transformed from a small, trusted legal team, into an outstanding young firm of over 65 lawyers who are passionate about delivering quality work.