Mediator Profile - Derek Minus

Contact details

Name:Derek Minus
Phone:(02) 9232 0000
Mobile:0402 044 022
Email:minus@medarb.com
Mediations as mediator:3,000+
Mediations as advisor:10+
Mediations as co-mediator:100+
Hourly fee:$500 + GST
Daily fee (7 hrs):$5,000 + GST
Fees are negotiable:Yes

Areas of experience:

  • Accountancy
  • Administrative
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Environment
  • Estates
  • Family
  • Finance
  • Industrial relations
  • Property
  • Resources
  • Securities
  • Succession
  • Taxation
  • Tort
  • Trade practices
  • Trusts

Affinity with rural industries:

I am a nationally accredited mediator, barrister-at-law and chartered arbitrator. I have worked to assist farmers
and people living in rural areas resolve their disputes since I was first qualified as a farm debt mediator in
1997.

Since 2017, I have been appointed as the Commonwealth Government’s Mediation Adviser under the
Horticulture Code of Conduct. I am responsible for the appointment of mediators for all horticulture disputes
under the Code.

I am the only mediator appointed by the federal Minister for Agriculture to the farm debt roundtable to advise
on developing a better national farm debt mediation process with the banks, farmer organisations, financial
advisors and government agencies.

I have assisted farmers’ associations by conducting negotiation training and providing advice to dairy farmers
and their cooperatives, mediating disputes between egg producers over chicken cage regulations and
resolving disputes with coal mining companies seeking access to farms.

I have been accredited as a mediator since 1992 and teach the Dispute Resolution course at the University of
Sydney Law School. As well as settling disputes between parties I practise a transformative style of mediation
that seeks to get people back into relationship with each other, as either business or family partners.

I also have experience as a senior commercial manager and understand the legal and financial implications of
decisions and can assist farmers to properly explore all of the options available for the resolution of their
dispute.

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