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The Arbitrator


The Western Australian Energy Disputes Arbitrator is Laurie James.

Laurie is a Supreme Court barrister and solicitor and is Chairman and Senior In-House Counsel at the Western Australian law firm Kott Gunning. His areas of practice include administrative law, construction law and alternative dispute resolution.

Laurie has extensive background experience in arbitration, having held the position of Chairman of the Western Australian Chapter of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia between 1990 and 1997 and National President of that institute from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2006 to 2008.

Laurie is a graded Arbitrator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and a registered Adjudicator, Conciliator and Mediator with that Institute. Laurie is also a member of, or affiliated to, the following organisations:

  • Life Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, Vice-President of that Institute and a Past Chairman of its Western Australian Chapter
  • Convenor of Western Australian Dispute Resolution (WADRA) Inc
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia and Past National Chairman of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee

Laurie was first appointed to the role of Arbitrator in 1999.




© Western Australian Energy Disputes Arbitrator 2017