Hon. Neil McKerracher KC is an independent mediator and arbitrator based at Francis Burt Chambers , Perth, Western Australia.
The Hon Neil McKerracher KC was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2007 and retired in December 2021. He also sat as a Judicial Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Prior to appointment, he generally practised in commercial and civil disputes, taking silk in 1997. He served on several professional bodies. He was an acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission, a Senior Sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal and a Commissioner (acting judge) of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Whilst on the Federal Court for over 14 years, he delivered some 940 appellate and single instance written judgments in a wide variety of commercial and other matters. He represented the court on the executive of the Australian Judicial Officers’ Association. He chaired the UNCITRAL Organizing Committee of Australia and from 2019 to 2022 represented the International Judges’ Association in UNCITRAL working groups in the UN, negotiating a draft international maritime treaty. He has participated with others in endeavours to shape the rules of the court to modern needs generally and particularly for arbitration. He also acted as an arbitrator and a mediator before appointment to the bench and a mediator whilst a judge.