Derek Minus

Derek Minus is a barrister-at-law and a dispute resolution specialist.

An advanced and Accredited Mediator since 1992, he has conducted over 3,000 mediations and conciliations for government panels and private matters involving contractual, workers compensation, building, franchising, family relationship, patent and property disputes. He holds a Masters in Law majoring in Dispute Resolution and is nationally accredited as a mediator. He has been appointed to various mediation panels for the Supreme Court of NSW since 1995.

A Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2002, he was the former President of the Australian Branch. He has worked as a part-time member of the New South Wales Local Court, District Court, CTTT (now the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal) and Workers Compensation Commission, conducting thousands of hearings and delivering hundreds of awards. Most recently, he has been appointed by the NSW Minister for Industry as one of only ten Australian arbitrators recruited for their practical experience of the arbitration process, to deal with land access disputes under the Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991

In twenty years practice as a lawyer he has been engaged to conduct the investigation, mediation or arbitration of numerous personnel and employee disputes. A member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM) Derek is qualified as both a mediator and arbitrator of family and relationship disputes. From 1993 to 1999 he was a member of the Relationships Australia mediation panel conducting family law dispute resolution. He is now accredited by the Federal Attorney- General as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) authorised to conduct Family dispute resolution and issue a certificate under Section 60I of the Family Law Act 1975.

As a transformative practitioner Derek aims to do more than just ‘settle’ a dispute. He works with the factual framework, legal regime as well as the party’s emotional expression. His aim is to achieve shared understanding between the parties involved, in order to transform their relationship.

Derek is the lecturer for the Commercial Dispute Resolution course at the University of Sydney Law School teaching practical resolution skills to final year law students.

To see his full profile, visit his chambers website at Mediation & Arbitration Chambers.

Phone: 02 9232 4000

Mobile: 0402 044 022


  • Chartered Arbitrator qualified by The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the NSW and Victorian Bar Associations
  • Nationally Accredited to Australian National Mediator Standards
  • Trained in Conflict Transformative mediation

 Consistent with his expertise in the martial arts, I rate Derek a black belt in the various disciplines of alternate dispute resolution. I have worked with Derek in a number of mediations, involving clients with different agendas and levels of legal sophistication. His flexible approach has proved to be very effective in having all parties fully believe and engage in the process, which sets him apart from most mediators.
  Matthew Kelly Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

I recommend Derek as a mediator because of his proactive approach. Derek has helped several clients resolve disputes in cases where there was no obvious settlement outcome before Derek became involved.
  Peter Harrison Partner, Kemp Strang Lawyers

Download my full CV and publications from my chambers website at Mediation & Arbitration Chambers.

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