2018 Year in Review

Philip Crawford Mediator Sydney ILGA

2018 was a busy year for me.  

As Chair of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), there were many challenges during the year and a heavy workload.  ILGA is the regulator of liquor and gaming in NSW, with the supervision of registered clubs, hotels, casinos, liquor licensing and poker machines.  Our Board of eight members works closely with our Secretariat, and of course, Liquor and Gaming NSW.

More recently, I have served on a committee to develop guidelines to improve safety at music festivals in the NSW.

The professionalism, experience and skills demonstrated by the people I work with are very impressive.  It is a busy area for any regulator in both policy reform and supervision, with new challenges constantly arising.

I also enjoyed yet another successful year conducting my own mediation practice.  Most days of mediation are long and very tiring. Many matters settle at mediation, or in the days following a mediation, but some do not.  However the challenges facing litigants which include potentially high costs, extensive court delays, and uncertainty of outcome have never been more obvious, and it is a privilege for me to work with litigants in attempting to find an outcome that avoids these challenges.

Since last updating my profile, my old law firm Henry Davis York has merged with the international firm Norton Rose Fulbright. I was invited to remain as a consultant to the firm until the end of 2018.

From January 2019 I will now be conducting my mediation practice from the offices of Gillis Delaney, Level 40, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.   

My best contact number remains my mobile 0417 646 300.

About the author

Philip Crawford is one of Sydneys most recognised Mediators & Negotiators in the legal industry.