An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre specialising in science, technology and intellectual property will launch on November 26 in Sydney.
In collaboration with BarNet, the Technology Dispute Centre will provide the industry with a confidential option for resolving disputes without the expense of litigation.
"Lawyers aren't necessarily good at understanding the technology and coming up with appropriate options for resolution and neither are the judges," co-founder, Phillip Argy, said.
"Also, if there is a dispute in the procurement phase of a deal, the parties will appreciate the confidentiality that the ADR centre can offer."
The centre is based in Sydney, but is equipped to handle disputes from anywhere through high-definition video conferencing equipment and online communication tools, Argy said.
It is staffed by six employees and will expand to a core of 20-25 experts with the option of bringing in other mediators on an ad hoc basis.
"We're launching just before Christmas to try and take advantage of the summer break for the courts," Argy said. "We expect to be resolving between two and five cases a week from early in the New Year."