Ian Hanger was called to the Bar in 1968 and took silk in 1984.  He practiced extensively in commercial law and then became a leader in the field of mediation from 1990.  Since that time he has mediated more than 2000 disputes - commercial, construction, estates, trust, negligence, professional negligence, contracts, defamation, insolvency, equity, family provision, and personal injuries arising from abuse. 

He is a Mediator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); a mediator nominated by the Australian Government to the International Centre for the settlement of investment disputes (ICSID); an arbitrator of the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; a member of the Hong Kong Mediation Panel; a mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre; an accredited mediator in Australia.

He has conducted workshops on mediation in Australia; Hong Kong and England and given talks on mediation in many overseas jurisdictions. He was a member of the National ADR Advisory committee to the Attorney General of Australia for many years and has been named in the AFR's list of best lawyers in Australia in the field of ADR for every year from 2008 to present. Recently, Ian was named Most Highly Regarded for Mediation by Who's Who Legal Australia 2017.

He is a life professor at Bond University and was made a member in the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to law in the field of ADR and for services to music.

Ian was chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Industrial Relations system in Queensland in 1988; Senior Counsel assisting the Parliamentary Judges Commission of Inquiry in 1988/89; Senior Counsel assisting the inquiry into the efficacy of the Criminal Justice Commission in 1997; Counsel for the State of Queensland in the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry in 2013; Royal Commissioner into Home Insulation Program 2014.

Phone: (07) 3333 9900 — Mobile: 0414 229 198

Email: ihanger@31west.com.au

Areas of practice

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Equity
  • Industrial & Employment
  • Insurance
  • Inquests, Commissions of Inquiry & Statutory Tribunals
  • Professional & Medical Negligence
  • Wills, Probate, & Family Provision