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Stephen Dickinson

Stephen Dickinson

Partner and Mediator

Stephen is a Partner of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and also runs our Mediation practice. Please view his Litigation and Dispute Resolution Profile or his Mediation profile below. 

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Profile  

Stephen is a specialist litigation lawyer with significant expertise in providing dispute resolution advice in general commercial matters, professional negligence issues, regulatory matters, defamation, estate issues, partnership disputes, and inter/intra company disputes.

With a significant commercial practice, Stephen acts for a range of corporate clients in disputes relating to trade practices and competition, breaches of contract, copyright, debt recovery and insolvency, retail and commercial leasing, franchise disputes and infrastructure issues.

Stephen advises clients across a range of industries including building and construction, local government, insurance, finance and professional services.

Stephen acts for various local and interstate companies and clients, and in recent years, has represented an international client in a breach of contract claim against the State of South Australia. Active in his field, Stephen regularly presents to professional services, finance organisations and the local government sector.

Stephen’s expertise has been recognised in Doyles Guide of Leading Adelaide Wills and Estate Litigation lawyers. Additionally Stephen has been recognised in the preeminent Best Lawyers of Australia* listing, which identifies the nation’s outstanding legal practitioners.

Stephen has appeared as Counsel before the Federal, Supreme, District, Magistrates and Industrial Relations Courts, and has conducted trials in a range of jurisdictions. As a nationally accredited mediator, Stephen also directs our Mediation Services practice, a division of the firm specialising in the use of facilitative mediation to assist in the resolution of a range of commercial, business and personal disputes.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and was admitted to practice in 2001. Before joining Wallmans Lawyers, Stephen practised at a specialised boutique litigation practice where he gained invaluable trial and court experience working closely with Senior Counsel.

*Source: Best Lawyers Australia list (practice areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution), published by Woodward/White.

Mediation Profile  

Stephen is a specialist litigation lawyer with significant expertise in providing mediation and dispute resolution services in general commercial matters, construction disputes, regulatory matters, property, defamation, estate issues, partnership disputes, employment matters, landlord and tenant disputes and inter/intra company disputes.

As a result of his expertise, Stephen has been recognised in the preeminent Best Lawyers of Australia* listing for his work in the Alternative Dispute Resolution sector. As an accredited mediator, and with a practical understanding of other forms of dispute resolution, Stephen aims for the minimisation of risk in all disputes. Adopting a facilitative mediation model, Stephen works with parties to identify the real issues in dispute and explore options that may give rise to a resolution that is acceptable to all parties. The facilitative model promotes productive and progressive negotiations, in a non-adversarial forum, where each party is asked to address the issues underlying the dispute rather than adopting a simplistic commercial and positional bargaining process.

Additionally, as a legal practitioner, with a broad commercial litigation practice, Stephen acts for a range of corporate clients in disputes relating to trade practices and competition, breaches of contract, copyright, debt recovery and insolvency, retail and commercial leasing, franchise disputes and infrastructure issues.

Stephen acts for various local and interstate companies and clients, and in recent years, has represented an international client in a breach of contract claim against the State of South Australia. Active in his field, Stephen regularly presents to professional services and finance organisations on dispute and risk management.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and was admitted to practice in 2001. Before joining Wallmans Lawyers, Stephen practised at a specialised boutique litigation practice where he gained invaluable litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience.

*Source: Best Lawyers Australia list (practice areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution), published by Woodward/White.

Estate Disputes Profile  

Stephen is a specialist litigation lawyer with significant expertise in providing dispute resolution advice and support in a range of jurisdictions and areas of law.

As a result of the increase in estate claims over recent years, Stephen has considerable experience and has developed a strong practice in this discrete and specialist area. As a result of his expertise, he has been recognised in the preeminent Best Lawyers of Australia* listing, which identified the nation’s outstanding practitioners, as well as in Doyles Guide of leading Wills and Estate Litigation lawyers

Working alongside Wallmans’ longstanding and skilled wills and estates administration and planning team, Stephen provides advice and guidance to families, couples and individuals to assist them in protecting their assets, superannuation and estates from future claims.

As an experienced litigator, Stephen advises executors and trustees administering estates that are, or may become subject to a claim. Additionally, he assists beneficiaries in defending claims, along with individuals who may wish to bring a claim against the estate or assets of a family member or domestic partner. In this capacity, Stephen strives to apply his skills as an accredited mediator and experienced negotiator to guide parties towards a commercial resolution in order to avoid what can be debilitating costs and the value of estates diminishing rapidly.

Stephen’s strong reputation throughout the profession in this specialist area of practice has seen the Supreme Court of South Australia appoint him as the litigation guardian of a protected person embroiled in complex litigation. Additionally, he has been appointed by the Supreme Court of South Australia as the legal representative of a large class of beneficiaries residing locally, interstate and overseas in respect of a claim commenced against the estate of a family member who had passed away without a will.

Stephen has appeared before the Federal, Supreme, District, Magistrates and Industrial Relations Courts, and has conducted trials and appeared on contested applications in a range of jurisdictions. Stephen also directs our Mediation Services practice, a division of the firm specialising in the use of facilitative mediation to assist in the resolution of a range of commercial, business and personal disputes.

*Source: Best Lawyers Australia list (practice areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution), published by Woodward/White.es.

Memberships / association

  • The Law Society of South Australia
  • National Mediation Accreditation (Bond University)
  • Adelaide University Cricket Club (20 year association as Committee member, Captain and player)