Michael Proud is the principal of MichaelProudADR and is an accredited mediator.


Michael Proud has practiced exclusively as a mediator since 2009. Prior to which he was a partner in the insurance practice of Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) for 26 years. In that practice Michael had a special interest in medical malpractice and was regarded as an expert in catastrophic injury cases.

Michael’s practice included a number of general insurers in public and products liability claims and for a decade he represented the interests of the fund established to deal with the James Hardie asbestos liabilities.

In 1998, Michael was retained to represent the interests of the insurance industry at the Longford Royal Commission, which led to representing those interests in the class action against Esso, then the largest class action in Australian legal history.

Michael resigned from Phillips Fox in 2009, obtained accreditation as a mediator and has practiced exclusively as a mediator since then. He has a special interest in, and reputation for, resolving multi-party disputes.

Since 2009, Michael has conducted almost 2000 mediations.

Michael’s practice includes:

  • Commercial disputes
  • Insurance policy disputes
  • Medical malpractices
  • Victims of sexual abuse
  • Workcover common law
  • Public liability
  • Product liability
  • Will disputes
  • TPD claims

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What are Michael's Fees?
  • Half day mediation - $3000 (Incl. GST)
  • Full day mediation - $6000 (Incl. GST)

A quote will be provided on request for mediations in rural centres, accounting for travel time and sundry expenses.

What happens if a mediation is cancelled?

If a mediation is cancelled on short notice and Michael is unable to replace it, the right will be reserved to charge an appropriate cancellation fee.

What times am I able to book a mediation?

Unless there are special circumstances, morning mediations will commence at 10.00am.
Afternoon mediations can commence at either 2.00 or 2.30pm.

What about mediations in rural centres?

Michael is prepared to conduct mediations in rural centres. To do so requires sufficient matters to justify the time and expense and the cooperation of all parties to ensure the exercise is cost effective and of benefit to the litigants.

How do I organise the venue for a mediation?

It is the responsibility of the parties to arrange the venue for the mediation. There are a variety of venues in the CBD - if required, suggestions can be provided. If a mediation is to be conducted at Ligeti Partners, it should be for two parties only, as the rooms are inadequate for multi-party litigation.

When should I deliver the mediation brief?

The mediation brief should be delivered not less than 3 days prior to the mediation. Its contents should be agreed between the parties, Michael has lists of documents that provide a guide for what should and should not be included in the briefs for different categories of mediation, which can be provided on request.

What is required for a multi-party litigation?

Defendants in multi-party litigation in the County Court are reminded that they are required, not less than 3 days prior to the mediation, to conduct a contribution conference. The purpose of the conference is to avoid the delay in dealing with the Plaintiff at the mediation if contribution between Defendants has not been resolved. There is a County Court practice note to that effect. Commonsense dictates that the same approach should be adopted in Supreme Court matters.


Please do not hesitate to contact Michael if you have any queries about the conduct of mediations in general.

Address: Level 12, 200 Queen Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Office phone: (03) 9947 4572
Michael’s mobile: 0412 244 550
Email: michael@michaelproudadr.com

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