Harold Werksman

Areas of practice

Banking and Finance

Corporate and Shareholders

Property and Leasing

Professional Negligence

Partnership/Joint Venture


computer / Software

Building and Construction 

Intellectual Property

Medical Negligence

Trade Practices and Consumer protection



Bachelor of Laws (Distinction), University of Witwatersrand

Bachelor of Arts,  University of Witwatersrand

Specialist Accredited Mediator, Law Society of New South Wales 

Advanced Mediator, LEADR

Accredited Mediator, ACDC and IAMA 

Accredited Mediator, Mediation and Conciliation of Workplace Disputes

Accredited Mediator, National Standards for Accreditation of Mediators

Advanced Harvard Negotiation Course

Executive Coaching program

Guest lecturer on negotiation strategies – Master of Dispute Resolution – University of Technology and College of Law


Director, Transparency International Australia Limited

Former Member ComCover Advisory Council 

Founding Director & Hon Treasurer, LEADR


Harold Werksman is a pioneer in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes.  
He was a founding director of LEADR and a member of the first Law Society ADR Committee.

He has conducted mediations and negotiated settlements for parties in a wide range of commercial disputes, developing specialist negotiating strategies and hybrid processes for the resolution of commercial disputes.

Harold has acted for a big four accounting firm over many years in resolving complex commercial disputes involving public company takeovers and acquisitions of businesses. He represented Integral Energy in the second largest software dispute run in Australia which was successfully settled by mediation. 
He has acted for BlueScope Steel Limited in resolving major commercial disputes concerning supply contracts and carriage of goods issues.

Harold heads the dispute resolution and Litigation Division of Holding Redlich, a mid-tier law firm. 
His strength is his commercial understanding and breadth of experience gained from acting for commercial clients both big and small and the variety of disputes he has resolved over more than 30 years in the law.

He is an expert negotiator and a trained executive coach. He has worked with executives in both public 
companies and NGO’s to facilitate better communication between executives, employees and 
board members. 
He was nominated by general counsel as one of “Australia’s Best Lawyers As Judged By Their Clients” 
in The Australian (September 2010).