Elected to the Bar: 2005
Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation
Scott Ellis practices primarily as an arbitrator, mediator, expert determiner and an adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act 2004, Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Act 2004 (NT) and the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
He works mainly in the areas of building and construction, mining and joint ventures, access to infrastructure, intellectual property, regulatory matters and commercial and contract disputes.
Scott focuses on identifying the real matters in dispute and addressing them fairly, quickly and as informally as possible. His broad experience enables him to mould the ADR procedures chosen by the parties to deal practically with the particular dispute before him.
He has conducted numerous oral hearings including matters in which the parties were represented by Senior Counsel.
Scott has been involved as a third party neutral in disputes with a total amount in dispute of more than A$750 million. Scott has prepared more than 180 awards and decisions.
He prepares clear, thorough reasons and awards.
Scott was named Australian Arbitrator of the Year at the 2019 Australasian Law Awards.
Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of Resolution Institute. He is the Chairperson of the Law Society ADR Committee.
He is on the panel of various international arbitration institutions. He is also on the panels of the Economic Regulation Authority and the Essential Services Commission of South Australia for infrastructure access disputes.
In addition, Scott is:
- a Senior Sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal (WA).
- a member of the National Sports Tribunal
- the Anti-dumping Review Panel
- on the Panel of Legal Experts of the Electricity Review Board and has presided at hearings of the Board
- the Acting Corruption and Crime Commissioner
Scott was a member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal from 2005 to 2011 and a member of the Board of the Government Employees Superannuation Board from 2012 to 2018.
Before coming to the Bar, Scott was a partner at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).
Date of admission: 1983
Qualifications: BJuris, LLB, LLM, Dip. Int. Com. Arb (Queens’ College), FCIArb, CArb, FRI.NMAS Accredited Mediator.
Areas of practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Environment and Planning
- Industrial and Employment
- Public and Administrative