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Doug Jones AO RFD

  • Professor
  • Independent International Arbitrator
  • Level 15, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
    Atkin Chambers, 1 Atkin Building Gray's Inn London WC1R 5AT United Kingdom
    Arbitration Place, Bay Adelaide Centre, 900-333 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada M5H 2T4
  • Sydney/London/Toronto, 2000 Australia
  • Email: dougjones@dougjones.info
  • Phone: +61 418 406 487
  • Cell: +61 418 406 487
  • Company Phone: +612 9353 4120
  • Fax: +612 8220 6700

Education

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts 1974 University of Queensland,
  • Graduate: Master of Laws 1977 University of Queensland,
  • Law School: University of Queensland

Career History

  • 1969 Articled Clerk – Morris Fletcher & Cross
  • 1972 Employed solicitor – Morris Fletcher & Cross
  • 1976 – 1992 Partner – Morris Fletcher & Cross. Law Department, Head, National Construction and Engineering Group
  • 1989 – 1992 Opened Morris Fletcher & Cross Sydney office
  • 1992 -1993 Partner – Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher. Law Department. Head National Construction and Engineering Group
  • 1993 – 2014 Partner – Clayton Utz
  • 1993 – 2014 Head National Construction & Engineering Law Group
  • 1995 – 2014 Head International Arbitration and Private International Law Practice Group
  • 2000 – 2014 Head National Major Projects Group
  • 2002 -2006 Elected Member Clayton Utz Board
  • 2015 – date Consultant – Clayton Utz
  • 2015 – date Independent International Arbitrator

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor/state arbitrator.

The arbitrations in which he has been involved include infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world.

Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and a door tenant at Atkin Chambers in London, and has an office in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to his full time practice as an arbitrator Doug had 40 years’ experience as an international transactional and disputes projects lawyer.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications. Most recently, in 2017, Chambers Asia-Pacific recognised Doug as “without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes”, and he maintained his Band One ranking in the International Arbitration Category.

Doug has published and presented extensively, and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School.

Doug is an officer of the Order of Australia, and one of only four Companions of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Murdoch University, Australia (2006-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor University of Notre Dame Australia (2004 – 2006)
  • Professorial Fellow Melbourne University (2001- date)
  • Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London (2014 – date)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) (1980 – date), Chartered Arbitrator (2007), Fellow (1980), Vice President (2009) President (2011), Deputy President (2010),  Vice President (2009) Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2006-2008), Companion (2016 – date)
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2002 – date), President (2008 – 2014), Vice President (2002-2008)
  • Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, Foundation Fellow (1976) and Graded Arbitrator (1985 – date)
  • LCIA Court Member (2010 – date)
  • Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ), Fellow (2011 – date)
  • International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), Council Member (2012 – date)
  • International Bar Association (1983 – date), Member of the International Construction Projects Committee of the IBA (1983 – date) Co-Chair (2006-2008)
  • Member of Conflicts of Interest Working Group of the IBA International Arbitration Committee (2002 – 2004)
  • Vice-President Asia Pacific Council, London Court of International Arbitration (1989 – 2007)
  • Vice Chair, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee (2002 – date)
  • Committee Member, Construction and Infrastructure Group, Law Council of Australia (1987 – date)
  • Member of a number of panels of International Arbitral bodies
  • Member Dispute Review Board Foundation, Inc.1996 – date)
  • President of the Dispute Resolution Board Australasia Inc. (2009-date)
  • Australasian Government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators
  • NSW Government Arbitrator member of the Arbitration Panel under the Mining Act and Offshore (Petroleum) Act.
  • Member, International Arbitration Club (London) (1997 – date)
  • Arbitrator Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators (London) (2005-date)
  • Member of the Australian Council of the International Project Finance Association (2007-date)
  • Member CIDC International Advisory Group for the India Construction Industry (2006-date)
  • Member of the Juris Doctor Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne, Australia (2004-date)
  • Honorary Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (2007-date)
  • Honorary Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers ( February 2009 – date)
  • Member of the Council of Distinguished Advisors, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law California

Honors and Awards

  • One of 4 living Companions of the Chartered Institute of Australia as of 2016.
  • AO (Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations) awarded in June 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
  • AM (For services to construction law and the development of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, recognising thirty years contribution in those areas) awarded in January 1999.
  • RFD (Member of Airforce Reserve for many years including membership of the Legal Reserve during the latter stages of involvement on the active Reserve)
  • Recognised locally and internationally for dispute resolution and project expertise. Doug sits as an international commercial and investor / state arbitrator. His expertise in International Arbitration and Construction has regularly been recognised by his peers.
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 – 2017 – Doug has maintained a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators” Category for 5 consecutive years. Doug was recognised as “without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes. Whether serving as co-arbitrator or chair, he knows his role and plays it to perfection“. Chambers also commented that Doug was recognised for commanding “great respect for his eminence in construction law and as a highly experienced and very well-regarded general arbitrator.”
  • Who’s Who Legal 2017 described Doug as ““one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world”. Sources praise him for being “unbelievably efficient” and for his ability to “handle the most acrimonious of disputes””.
  • Best Lawyers® – 2015 and 2016 – Doug was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 and 2015 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
  • Lawyers Weekly Law Awards – Sydney – 2014 – Doug Jones was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership and substantial contributions to the Australian legal profession.
  • Global Arbitration Review Awards 2013 – Doug Jones was joint runner-up in the category of the Best Prepared and Responsive Arbitrator Award.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Construction – International – Lawyer of the Year Award – 2013 – This year’s leading construction lawyer is Doug Jones AO, head of the major projects practice group at Clayton Utz based in Sydney, he is described as having a “formidable reputation” for construction work ……  He is a specialist in construction-related dispute resolution, particularly arbitration and is selected for this award based on his extensive international reputation among lawyers and corporate clients.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Construction – Asia Pacific – 2013 – Doug Jones AO emerges as the most highly regarded lawyer internationally in this year’s research, with peer hailing him variously as a “formidable talent” and a “thorough leader.
  • Chambers Global 2013 – Band one ranking in the International Arbitration: Most In Demand Arbitrators: Asia-Pacific Region – Doug Jones of Clayton Utz in Sydney is noted by peers as “an excellent arbitrator who’s grown in stature over the years.” He has an outstanding construction practice and is undoubtedly a leading arbitrator in the field.  He received a Band two ranking in Dispute Resolution/Arbitration, Australia where he is described as an “excellent litigator”, who wins market approval for his extensive international dispute resolution expertise.  He was also ranked Band one in the Projects category where he was described as having years of experience which have equipped him with significant expertise in several specialist disciplines, making him “an incredibly valuable resource, not come across elsewhere,” say clients.
  • Doug Jones has been described as “a phenomenon” and “the statesman of the industry'” by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012).  He is recognised as one of the most in demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category. He was also ranked in the Projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (Arbitration) in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012).
  • Doug Jones is named one of only five ‘star individuals’ in Australia, by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011).
  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2011- Doug Jones has been named as one of the Leaders Worldwide and is one of only three highly recommended individuals in Australia.  It notes “Doug Jones at Clayton Utz is held in the highest esteem”.
  • Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2011 – Leading Construction Lawyers in NSW as a Preeminent Lawyer, “Jones was omnipresent in our research and without the use of editorial discretion, a delineation of our leading lawyer listings would have placed Jones, described as “operating in a different stratosphere” and a “once in hundred year lawyer”, in a category all of his own”.
  • Chambers Asia Pacific (2011) Doug Jones was identified as one of only 5 “Star” individuals in Australia.
  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2011 – Doug Jones has been named as one of the Leaders Worldwide and is one of only three highly recommended individuals in Australia. It notes “Doug Jones at Clayton Utz is held in the highest esteem”.
  • IFLR1000 21st/2011 Edition, The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – Doug Jones was nominated as a leading lawyerPLC Which Lawyer? 2009/2010:  Doug Jones was ranked (sole)Leading lawyer in Australia. “Widely regarded as the leading expert in construction law in Australia.  Head of the construction and major projects groups, he has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution in Australia and overseas.”
  • PLC Which Lawyer? 2009/2010:  Doug Jones was ranked (sole) Leading lawyer in Australia. “Widely regarded as the leading expert in construction law in Australia.  Head of the construction and major projects groups, he has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution in Australia and overseas.”
  • Chambers Global 2009 – Construction: Doug Jones is “the market-leading practitioner for construction work” and “a superb lawyer who has built one of Australia’s premier construction practices.”
  • The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers 2008 names Doug Jones as one of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals – Global, the only Australian lawyer to be nominated in the prestigious list of the top nine construction lawyers in the world.

Professional Affiliations

American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators, American Bar Association, Australian Centre for International Commercial ArbitrationCanadian College of Construction Lawyers, , Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Commission on International Arbitration of International Chamber of Commerce, ICDR Panel of Arbitrators, Insitute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, International Bar Association, International Arbitration Club, Inter-Pacific Bar Association International Construction Projects Committee, Law Council of Australia, London Court of International Arbitration, Society of Construction Law, The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

He is the author of “Commercial Arbitration in Australia” published by Lawbook Co (Thomson Reuters), 2011; “Building and Construction Claims and Disputes”, Construction Publications, 1996; contributor to “The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2011”, Global Arbitration Review, 2011; “World Arbitration Reporter (2nd Edition)”, Juris Publishing Inc, 2011; “International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2011”, Global Legal Group, 2011 and the “Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide”, Expert Guides, 2009.

He is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review and Editorial Board Member International Trade and Business Law Review, Editorial Board Member of India Business Law Journal, Editorial Board Member of Global Arbitration Review and International correspondent for Australia of Romanian Review of Arbitration. He lectures, and authors articles for publication, within Australia and internationally.

Speeches, Panel Discussions, Seminars

He regulalry lectures, appears as a Panellist on Panel Discussions and authors articles for publication, within Australia and internationally.

For written publications of some of his recent speaking engagements, see his website: https://www.dougjones.info/publications/

Court Admissions

  • Admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland 13/2/1973
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 7/4/1983
  • Admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 3/5/1985
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 4/2/1986
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Australian Capital Territory 14/12/1984
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Territory 13/4/1981
  • Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 6/2/1992


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