Overview (Program Summary)
The Victorian Commercial Arbitration Scheme (VCAS) is a set of Rules that provide a process through which parties can resolve disputes quickly under a capped-fee scheme with experienced arbitrators. The VCAS deals with the resolution of disputes by means of private arbitration instead of litigation in Court. VCAS’s procedures are simple and convenient and will appeal to companies that are seeking a flexible and low-cost resolution of their civil and commercial disputes.
This webcast, presented in conjunction with the Victorian Bar and the Commercial Bar Association, will provide an introduction to the VCAS Rules, how the Scheme operates, what in-house counsel need to do to access it, as well as an overview of arbitration and how it works in practice. Presented by Victorian barristers Rob Heath QC and Kieran Hickie together with a member of Corporate Counsel.
Robert Heath QC, FCIArb (Barrister and arbitrator)
Robert has been a member of the Victorian Bar since acted in a wide range of commercial disputes including arbitrations. He has extensive experience working on heavy and complex cases as part of a team made up of solicitors and other counsel. He is an experienced trial advocate.
Robert is briefed regularly to give advice (in conference and in writing). He also takes appointments as a mediator and as an arbitrator.
In recent years, Robert has obtained significant experience in different areas including infrastructure disputes, class actions and professional negligence matters.
Robert is one of the authors of the Rules for the Victorian Commercial Arbitration Scheme.
Kieran Hickie, CIArb Barrister
Kieran is a commercial barrister specialised in resolving complex disputes through litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution (including mediation), particularly in the banking and finance, real estate, securities and business sectors.
Since coming to the Bar in 2013, Kieran has acted for clients including ASX listed companies, banks, universities, private companies and individuals.
Kieran is the co-author of Australian Commercial Arbitration published by LexisNexis.
He is also one of the authors of the Rules for the Victorian Commercial Arbitration Scheme.