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Sir Laurence was Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales. Since leaving the Bench he has been actively engaged in commercial mediation, dispute and probity consultancy. He has conducted over 2500 successful mediations and negotiations. He is the author of “Mediation – A Practical Outline” (5th Ed 2003). He is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles on mediation and dispute resolution.
Amongst other activities, Sir Laurence is - Honorary ADR Consultant to the Australian Defence Force Legal Office - an Australian Government Designated Conciliator to ICSID, Washington; - a Mediator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne. On 30 June 2009 he completed a 19 year term of office as Foundation Chairman of the Australian Government’s International Legal Services Advisory Council.
He is associated with a number of leading Australian and international mediation organisations and was the Convenor and Chairman of the inaugural planning committee of the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre.
In 2007 he conducted the first mediation over the return to Australia of aboriginal human remains held by the National History Museum in London. In early 2008 he chaired an inquiry which led to an agreed procedural protocol between the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Intelligence and Security Organization and the Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions governing the investigation and prosecution of terrorism activities.
In 2008 he chaired an in-depth Inquiry established by the Chief of Defence into the Defence Force Disciplinary System. He has carried out a number of other public assignments including the Inquiry for the Queensland Government into the Palm Island aboriginal death in custody (2008), senior probity auditor for the Defence Department on the $8 billion dollar air warfare destroyer project (2005 continuing) and senior probity auditor for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the Immigration Detention facilities project (2007).
In recent years he was a Director, and later Chairman of the major Australian newspaper group John Fairfax Holdings Ltd and a Director of the Australian subsidiary of the Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena. He has held office as Australian and World President of the International Law Association, London of which he is currently a life Vice President.
Sir Laurence is a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, a Knight of St John and a Grand Officer of Merit of the Order of Malta. He is an Honours Graduate in Law from Sydney University and has three Honorary Doctorates in Law and an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from Australian Universities. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.