Barry Paterson CNZM, OBE, QC


Telephone: +649-369-1835

Mobile: +642-742-01835

Fax: +64 9 369 1836

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Now specialising in arbitrations and mediations, Barry comes to those areas after a career as a High Court Judge. Barry spent the first part of his career as a solicitor practicing in the fields of company, commercial, trust and property law. He was a partner in the firm of Tompkins and Wake from 1960 to 1983, at which point he retired to become a barrister sole, specialising in civil litigation particularly in commercial, trust and property matters.

Barry became a silk in 1993. During his time in practice he was a director of many companies including 5 listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. He was also a trustee of 3 charitable trusts and 2 superannuation schemes. In 1996 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and was a member of the Auckland High Court bench until his retirement at the end of 2004. At that time he was a Commercial List Judge and also served a time as Executive Judge in Auckland.

Barry is a member of the Postal Network Access Committee and is on the arbitrators’ panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association. He sits on the Courts of Appeal in the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

He has had a significant involvement with New Zealand Cricket over 3 decades, including roles as board member, Chairman and President.

Barry does not give legal advice and practises solely as an arbitrator and mediator and not as a barrister.