Arbitration is an important alternative method of dispute resolution. It is the principal way of resolving international commercial disputes. Arbitration can have many advantages over litigation, particularly confidentiality, informality, speed and flexibility.
The parties appoint one individual or a panel of three to make a binding decision in a dispute court and which can be enforced through the courts. Arbitration is confidential and can be more cost-effective than litigation.
Since the adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law by New Zealand in 1996, domestic arbitrations between New Zealand parties have increased considerably. The Model Law is now used by most of New Zealand’s trading partners in the Pacific Rim and has enhanced New Zealand’s reputation as a venue for arbitrations and a source of competent arbitrators.
All Members of Chambers have extensive considerable experience in arbitrations, either as counsel or as arbitrators. Many have participated in domestic commercial arbitrations in one or both roles. They have appeared as Counsel in some of the leading arbitration cases which have come before the New Zealand Courts.
Some members have wide international arbitration experience and have sat as arbitrators or appeared as counsel in international arbitrations under the auspices of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, (Lausanne), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce, Paris), ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, World Bank, Washington DC, USA) LCIA (London), the American Arbitration Association, Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague (PCA) and the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre (BCIAC). Members of Chambers have sat as international arbitrators in Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, France, Hong Kong, India, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, UK, USA and Vanuatu.
Relevant memberships include the International Bar Association (Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee), the LCIA, and AMINZ (Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand). All members involved in arbitration belong to AMINZ and two are former Presidents of AMINZ and two are current councillar members of AMINZ.