• Cameron Ford

    Arbitrator

    Corporate Counsel - Rio Tinto

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    Cameron is an expert in dispute resolution, having been a DR partner in a leading law firm and then a barrister at the independent Bar practising in commercial disputes. He is a trained mediator and an arbitrator on the panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Beijing Arbitration Commission and has sat as sole arbitrator in a number of arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

    Cameron is also a registered adjudicator under an Australian construction security of payment scheme, has written over a dozen determinations and has advised on numerous applications for and responses to adjudications. A copy of most of his determinations can be found at the link below beginning with the number 16.

    He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Territory Law Reports for over 10 years and the Executive Editor of the Northern Territory Law Journal since its inception. He has written published articles on a range of topics including security of payment, the court's jurisdiction, constitutional law, civil procedure, investigating construction disputes, double jeopardy in Crown appeals and the lure of working in-house, as well as regularly writing case notes for all Northern Territory Supreme Court decisions. Some of his published articles attached are:

    • The Lure of In-House (2014) Singapore Law Society Gazette
    • A guide to investigating construction disputes – CCH Construction Service
    • [In]security of payment. (2010) 1 NTLJ 165
    • Advocates’ liability for wasted costs. (2005) 16 ILJ 153
    • The Territories and Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission (2011) 2 NTLJ 28
    • The court’s duty to ascertain jurisdiction (2011) 2 NLTJ 13
    • Double jeopardy in Crown appeals (2012) 2 NTLJ 176
    • Spirit of civil procedure reforms bites (2012) 2 NTLJ 227

     

  • EXPERIENCE

     

    Rio Tinto

    Corporate Counsel 

    Jul 2012 – Present

     

    Cameron is involved in many aspects of in-house practice including litigating and resolving disputes, drafting and advising on construction, procurement and sales contracts, negotiating with contractors worldwide, dealing with related issues.

    Northern Territory Law Journal

    Executive Editor 

    May 2009 – Present

     

    Cameron has held this position since the inception of the Journal, being instrumental in the selection of the Editorial Board, the selection criteria for publication, and now soliciting and selecting articles for publication, editing those articles and overseeing all aspects of publication.

    The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia and the Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Korea is the patron of the journal. A link to his website appears below.

    Northern Territory Law Reports

    Editor-in-Chief 

    Feb 2004 – Present

     

    Cameron has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Territory Law Reports for over 10 years, selecting the decisions of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory for publication writing the head notes and overseeing all aspects of publication. The Reports are the authorised reports of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the permanent record of the Court's decisions.

    Oyu Tolgoi - Rio Tinto in Mongolia

    Acting Head of Legal 

    Feb 2011 – Jul 2011

     

    Acting head of legal to a Rio Tinto company, Oyu Tolgoi in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which was constrcuting a USD6 billion gold and copper mine, then the world's largest.

    Rio Tinto Procurement

    Legal Counsel 

    2010 – 2011

     

    Consulting to Rio Tinto advising on procurement contracts, negotiating with contractors worldwide, dealing with procurement issues including disputes worldwide and in China in particular.

    Downer EDI

    Special Counsel 

    2009 – 2010

     

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    National Australia Bank

    Senior Legal Counsel 

    2008 – 2009

     

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    William Forster Chambers

    Barrister 

    2007 – 2008

     

    Cameron was a barrister at the Independent Bar, advising and appearing principally in commercial and administrative law cases before all courts, including the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. Cameron was a barrister at the Independent Bar, advising and appearing principally in commercial and administrative law cases before all courts, including the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. He regularly appeared with and against the leading counsel in the Territory, including those who are now judges such as the Chief Justice, Justice Trevor Riley, Justice Stephen Southwood, Justice Peter Barr, Justice Judith Kelly, Justice Graham Hile, Justice John Reeves of the Federal Court and former Justice Dean Mildren RFD. Cameron retains strong links with those judges and with Justice Jenny Blokland who is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Council of Law Reporting which oversees publication of the Northern Territory Law Reports and the Law Journal.

    Cridlands Lawyers

    Partner 

    Dec 2003 – Jun 2007

     

    Cameron was a commercial dispute resolution partner at Cridlands lawyers, the largest and one of the leading firms in the Northern Territory, acting for international, interstate and local corporations in banking, mining, construction and related disputes. He regularly appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court, and when necessary, appeared as junior counsel to Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel.

    Singapore International Arbitration Centre

    Arbitrator 

    2013 to present 

     

     

    Cameron has been appointed sole arbitrator by SIAC in a number of arbitrations.

    Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration

    Arbitrator and Mediator

    2014 to present 

     

     

     

    Beijing Arbitration Commission

    Arbitrator

    2015 to present 

     

     

     

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators  

    Fellow 

    2011 to present 

     

     

     

    Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

    Fellow 

    2011 to present 

     

     

     

    Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

    Fellow 

    2013 to present 

     

     

     

    The Law Society of Singapore

    Member 

    2013 to present 

     

     

    Cameron believes in being a member of the local Law Society and in contributing to its activities.  He is a member of the ADR Committee, the Publications Committee and the Internatinoal Arbitration Sub-committee.  He takes an active part in arranging and speaking at seminars and has contributed articles to the Law Society Gazette.

    Construction Security of Payments

    Adjudicator 

    2006 to present 

     

     

    Cameron has written more than a dozen security of payments determinations and has prepared many applications and responses.

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  • MANTRA

    Question to the void.

  • SKILLS

     

    Legal Consulting

    International Arbitration

    Commercial Arbitration

    Arbitration

  • EDUCATION

     

    Nanyang Technological University

    Master of Arts in Contemporary China 2014 - 2015

     

    In the MACC Cameron has studied Chinese history, politics, economy, foreign relations, security issues, policy making and culture. As he said in an interview for the Straits Times, the course has been valuable in my work with Chinese companies and SOEs, not only in understanding their structure and how they operate, but also appreciating their history and development and the motivating factors for their managers and CEOs. Understanding how the country and business have developed over the last 70-odd years helps in understanding their concerns and helps connect with their people on a personal level

    Uinversity of Melbourne

    LL.M. Law 2004 - 2011

     

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    National University of Singapore

    Grad Cert in International Arbitration International Arbitration 2010 - 2010

     

    Cameron won the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Prize for best paper.

    The University of Queensland

    LL.B. Law 1980 - 1985

     

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