Under New South Wales law, the holder of an exploration licence may not carry out exploration activities other than in accordance with an access arrangement agreed with the landholder or determined by an arbitrator.

Current arbitrators, as appointed by the Minister for Resources are:

Mr Derek Minus

Address: Mediation & Arbitration Chambers, 67 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Email: minus@medarb.com
Phone: (02) 9232 4000

To view Mr Minus' CV visit medarb.com/members/derek_minus-barrister-mediator-arbitrator


  • Accredited Arbitrator – NSW Bar Association
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • International Commercial Arbitration University of Technology, Sydney;
  • Completed Associate and Fellowship training programmes, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
  • Appointed a Chartered Arbitrator, CIArb
  • Fellow, Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration (AICA)


  • Masters of Laws (with distinction) Major in Dispute Resolution, University of Technology, Sydney
  • LLB, University of Sydney

Mr John McGruther

Address: PO Box 3308, Bellevue Hill, NSW 2023
Email: mcgrutherlaw@ozemail.com.au
Phone: (02) 9247 0101

Download Mr McGruther's CV PDF [183 KB PDF]


  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Presidential Arbitrator, Commercial and Property Contracts, Law Society of NSW Mediation List, Queensland Law Society amongst others


  • Solicitor & Barrister - Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor - Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor - England & Wales (Admitted by Lord Denning MR)
  • Solicitor & Barrister - Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Solicitor - Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies)
  • Accredited Specialist (Business Law) NSW

Mr Mark Dempsey SC

Address: 7th Floor, 174-180 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
Email: md@7thfloor.com.au
Phone: (02) 8224 3000

Download Mr Dempsey's CV PDF [105 KB PDF]


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA)
  • Accredited Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Determiner by NSW Bar Association
  • Panel arbitrator appointed by ACCC for NBN Co disputes
  • Member of the arbitrational panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Mediator accredited with the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)


  • BA/LLB (Hons) Australian National University
  • Admitted as a Solicitor NSW 1983
  • Admitted to the Bar NSW 1988
  • Appointed as Senior Counsel NSW 2014

Mr Robert Angyal SC

Address: 6 St James St, Sydney NSW 2000
Email: robert.angyal@stjames.net.au
Phone: (02) 9236 8660

To view Mr Angyal's Jones' CV visit www.sixstjameshall.com.au/robertangyal


  • Nationally-accredited as mediator by NSW Bar Association
  • Accredited Arbitrator – NSW Bar Association


  • Senior Counsel since 2004 practising at NSW Bar
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Laws (first-class honours; University of Sydney)
  • Master of Laws (Yale Law School)

Ms Rowena McNally

Address: GPO Box 2144, Brisbane QLD 4001
Email: rowena@rmcnally.com.au
Phone: (07) 3211 4207

To view Ms McNally's CV visit www.rmcnally.com.au


  • Fellow and Graded arbitrator, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (now LEADR & IAMA)
  • Certificate in Adjudication, Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004
  • Professional Certificate in Arbitration, University of Adelaide, December 2002


  • Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT) 1988
  • Admitted 1990 as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.

Mr Tim Griffiths

Address: Ashurst PNG, Champion Parade, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Email: Tim.Griffiths@ashurst.com
Phone: +67 5 309 2010
Mobile: +67 5 7367 6578

Download Mr Griffiths' CV PDF [59.6 KB PDF]


  • Member of the President of New South Wales Law Society Arbitrators' List
  • Appointed to the New South Wales District Court Arbitrators' List 2002
  • Appointed 2012 to NSW Law Society Arbitration Committee
  • Appointed 2014 to Arbitration Panel under Mining Act and Petroleum (Onshore) Act


  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW, ACT, Vic, SA and Papua New Guinea

Mr Michael D.G. Heaton QC

Address: Chancery Chambers -  Level 26,  200 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Email: heaton@chancery.com.au
Phone: 03 8600 1766

To view Mr Heaton's CV visit Chancery Chambers' website


  • Fellow Chartered Institute of  Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) now Resolution Institute – Panel Arbitrator
  • Fellow Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA) and Panel Arbitrator
  • Panel arbitrator appointed by ACCC for NBN Co. disputes
  • Member Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Region 3 Inc.
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Victorian Bar Accredited Advanced Mediator
  • Adjudicator Victoria and Western Australia


  • Queens Counsel Appointed 1999
  • LLM (Uni Melb)
  • B. Juris LLB (Monash)

Mr David J. Flynn

Address: PO Box 9110, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444
Email: djfly911@fastmail.com.au
Phone: 0417 361 460

Download Mr Flynn's CV PDF [38 KB PDF]


  • Accredited Arbitrator – NSW Bar Association
  • Local Court Arbitrator
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Appointed District Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales list of accredited mediators
  • Appointed Family Court list of accredited mediators
  • Appointed Legal Aid list of accredited mediators (FDRP)
  • Conciliator Health Care and Complaints Commission
  • Panel member NSW Workers Compensation Commission accredited mediators


  • BA. LLB. Dip.Crim
  • Admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court and High Court of Australia
  • Signed the Victorian Bar Roll 1997
  • Signed the New South Wales Bar Roll 2005

Mr Malcolm Gracie

Address: Blackstone Chambers, Level 62 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Email: gracie@blackstone.com.au
Phone: (02) 9232 4293

Download Mr Gracie's CV PDF [93 KB PDF]


  • Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator: Resolution Institute
  • NBNCo National Arbitrator Pool: ASIC
  • NSW District Court Panel of Arbitrators
  • NSW Bar Association Panel of Arbitrators and Expert Determiners
  • Accredited Mediator and Mediator Coach:  Resolution Institute
  • Accredited Australian Defence Force Dispute Resolution Practitioner


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor: 1987
  • Admitted as a Barrister to the NSW Bar: 1988
  • Admitted as a Barrister to the UK Bar: 1992