Royden Hindle


Telephone: +64 9-379-1515

Mobile: +64 21-413-531

[email protected]

Post: Bankside Chambers, Level 22, 88 Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1140.

Royden is an arbitrator, mediator, construction adjudicator and advocate.

Breadth of experience in civil litigation is the hallmark of Royden’s career.  For over 30 years he has been involved in litigation variously as litigation solicitor, advocate, amicus curiae, counsel assisting, arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator and judicial officer.

Cases in which Royden has been involved include forestry (cutting rights and pricing issues); tax and illegal contracts; forum conveniens and the conflict of laws; fishing quotas; judicial review; High Court practice and procedure; employment obligations and confidentiality; pricing issues under the Commerce Act; corporate securities and illegal contracts; intellectual property; minority shareholder oppression; Frustrated Contracts Act; costs; applications for stay of arbitral proceedings; equitable set-off; contempt of court; protest to jurisdiction; prosecutions under the Fair Trading Act; caveats and land transfer issues; public reserves and domains; penalties under the Commerce Act; landlord/tenant disputes; anti-discrimination; bias and appearance of bias; estoppel; implied dedication of land as road; the 2000 Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry; family law and relationship property in de facto relationship; health and disability, contracts; supply of gas and telephone services; professional negligence; privacy issues; professional disciplinary issues; and many other matters.

Recent and Notable Cases

Royden returned to private practice in 2011 after a period as Chair of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Since then he has delivered final arbitral awards/adjudications in respect of disputes concerning access to land under the Crown Minerals Act, landlord/tenant disagreements, payment of professional fees, marketing of pharmaceuticals, supply of commercial services and construction issues (amongst other matters).  He has also conducted mediations concerning franchisor/franchisee disputes, privacy and human rights issues, shareholder disputes, issues in the Waitangi Tribunal and in construction and employment related matters.

There were over 300 decisions published during Royden’s time as Chair of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.  They can be accessed at

Royden has also returned to work as an advocate, both as counsel in arbitration matters and also in the High Court: see, for example Hole & Boys v Snedden & Snedden Solicitor’s Nominee Company [2012] NZHC 1907.

Qualifications and Career

LLB (Hons) Canterbury University (1982)
LLM Cambridge University (1985)
Fellow, Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (2002)
Spencer Mason Scholarship (1984)
Sir Ronald Davison Prize for Award Writing (AMINZ Fellowship Examinations, 2002)
Professional Background
Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Advocate at Bankside Chambers (from 2011)
Chair, Human Rights Review Tribunal (2002 to 2011)
Independent Director, Mangakahia Forests Limited (2005 to 2009)
Barrister Sole (1996 to 2005)
Partner, Simpson Grierson (civil & commercial litigation; 1989 to 1995)


  • Council member, Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.
  • AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators
  • AMINZ Panel of Mediators
  • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Panel of Arbitrators
  • New Zealand Disputes Resolution Centre Panel of Mediators
  • New Zealand Building Disputes Centre Panel of Adjudicators
  • NZ Institute of Forestry Panel of Arbitrators
  • LEADR Member and Accredited Mediator
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Faculty Member, NZ Law Society Litigation Skills Training since 1991
  • Faculty Member, PILON Advanced Litigation Skills Training (2012)
  • Foundation Trustee, New Zealand International Yachting Trust (since 1986)