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About the Centre

The Technology Dispute Centre is a joint initiative of BarNet, a not-for-profit entity which provides communications and technology services to barristers and others, and a small group of specialist ADR practitioners with an interest and expertise in technology and intellectual property disputes.

The Centre’s Patron is the Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC, one of Australia’s leading ADR practitioners.

The Centre intends to become an international centre of excellence with an outstanding group of ADR practitioners, sophisticated technological services, and conveniently located rooms.

Our award-winning design team have created a purpose-built ADR space, with a suite of break-out and smaller meeting rooms and work spaces. This followed extensive consultation with lawyers and other ADR professionals. We have involved an acoustic engineer in the design and certification of the quality of the rooms. As you would expect, all rooms are sound-proofed so that even speakerphone conference calls cannot be heard outside the particular room.

The physical presence of the Centre is in the visually marvellous sandstone and marble 1914 Heritage-Listed “Trust Building” at the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets in the Sydney CBD.

Each of the rooms in the Centre on the seventh floor have very high ceilings and abundant natural light.

The Technology Dispute Centre will offer an impressive range of services and facilities, including:

  • a specialist, dedicated centre comprising purpose-built meeting and party rooms, which have been sound-proofed and certified by acoustic engineers;
  • advanced electronic court/hearing room facilities, including for secure remote access;
  • online workspaces for individual case management and dispute facilitation;
  • a network of skilled dispute resolution professionals (through the fellows);
  • a web portal embodying the collective expertise of the Centre’s fellows and associates;
  • the availability of ‘Hot’ Desks and Virtual Chambers;
  • an advanced communications and computer infrastructure, including wireless access and high definition video-conferencing facilities; and
  • quality coffee making and beverage vending by our self-service barristas.
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