Paul Scanlan - Commercial Mediator & Dispute Resolver
Paul has a depth of commercial retail knowledge which only comes from experience – 26 years owning and operating a chain of up to 33 clothing retail stores in major regional shopping centres in Queensland and in the Brisbane CBD. â€¨He has been a signatory and guarantor to over 80 leases in that time.â€¨ He was a Councillor on the Retailers Association of Qld for 16 years and he still is an owner of a property development company which has commercial and rural interests, and ongoing developments in NSW and Queensland.
Since 1997 Paul has mediated or assisted in resolving over 500 commercial disputes, the majority involving retail and commercial tenancies. The bulk of this work has involved facilitated negotiation aimed at settling disputes between landlord and tenant.
Matters handled have involved the majority of the large shopping centre organisations in Australia, including in most cases their managing agents. Lessors and lessees have been represented in equal measure where there has been no conflict of interest.
He has also mediated many other matters which do not involve commercial tenancies, such as conflict in the workplace, property disputes and negotiating settlements between divorcing couples.
Derek Minus – Barrister, Mediator & Arbitrator
Derek is a lawyer with a business background and a practice in resolving disputes. A barrister for 20 years, he is a specialist in alternative dispute resolution and is an accredited mediator and Chartered arbitrator.
Before beginning his legal career, he spent 16 years working for multinational companies building businesses in the information technology industry. He has managed Australia-wide retail stores and understands the imperative getting a commercial resolution to lease disputes.
As a dispute resolver, has conducted well over 1,000 mediations and been employed as an arbitrator in New South Wales Courts, the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal and the Workers Compensation Commission, conducting thousands of hearings and delivering hundreds of awards. Internationally qualified dispute solver as a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators he is the former President of Australian Branch.
For the past 10 years Derek has been involved in conducting training seminars to pass on the skills of negotiating, mediating and conciliating dispute resolution processes.