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Background

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Litigation

I commenced my working life as a navigator (and then tactical coordinator) in the RNZAF before attending the University of Auckland Law School, graduating with an honours degree. Having been admitted as a lawyer in 1995, I took on a role as senior solicitor with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and then senior associate at Bell Gully.

I became a barrister sole in 2004 and set up at the Independent Bar, as a member of the New Zealand Bar Association.

As a civil and commercial litigator with extensive experience in all courts in the New Zealand system, I have also appeared in litigation, arbitrations and mediations in the South Pacific, Australia and other jurisdictions.  Accustomed in running complex multi-party litigation, I have acted as senior counsel in significant commercial litigation and have led a number of international arbitrations involving the construction of super yachts, both domestically and off-shore.

Business Experience

From 2006-2008, I had a break from the practice of law and stepped in as managing director and CEO of a super-yacht construction company.  In that capacity I ran eight companies in Australasia and the Cayman Islands.  As a privately-owned business, employing 300 staff with facilities in New Zealand and Australia and customers in Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia, I reported to the board of directors and shareholders and had direct reports across production, financial, design, refit and marketing.

Further business experience includes acting as receiver across a number of varied businesses and I currently also hold several independent directorships, acting in an advisory capacity.

Mediation and Facilitation

Returning to the law in 2008, I recommenced my work as a commercial and civil barrister and established a practice as a mediator and a facilitator.  This mediation practice is in addition to, and complementary to, my commercial and civil court work.

Effective dispute resolution is much wider than just effective litigation services.  I have combined my extensive legal experience and considerable business experience to offer effective negotiation, facilitation and mediation services across the whole continuum of effective dispute resolution.

I publish articles on mediation, lecture and teach in the fields of mediation, facilitation and negotiation.  I regularly lecture at national and international levels on effective dispute resolution.