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Anna is a commercial arbitrator, adjudicator and barrister, specialising in international arbitration and public international law.

Education

  • PhD – University of Cambridge, 2007
  • LLB (Hons) –  University of Waikato, 2001
  • BA (French/Political Science) –  University of Waikato, 2001

Bio

Anna is a commercial arbitrator, adjudicator and barrister, specialising in international arbitration and public international law.

Anna spent a number of years practising international arbitration in London, representing clients across a range of industries including energy and natural resources, shipping, infrastructure and procurement. Anna has considerable experience in arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA and SIAC Rules. Since returning to New Zealand in 2011, she has assisted Sir David Williams KNZM, QC on many large international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Anna now sits as an arbitrator in both international and domestic arbitrations. Anna also sits regularly as adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act.


Anna is a Fellow and Council Member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). She also sits on a number of arbitral panels, including AMINZ, the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (reserve panel).


Anna holds a PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge. Through her studies she has a particular interest in business and human rights and is available to advise in this area.


Anna regularly publishes and speaks on arbitration-related matters and is a contributing author to Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration (2011 and 2017). Anna also teaches a Masters paper in international arbitration at the University of Auckland.

Work Highlights

Middle East Company v East Asian Company

Sole Arbitrator in ICC arbitration concerning construction of liquified natural gas facilities, governed by English law.


Tenant v Landlord

Sole Arbitrator in domestic arbitration concerning breach of lease obligations.


Middle East State v Middle East State

Tribunal Secretary in ICC arbitration concerning an oil pipeline dispute worth over US$30 billion.


Global Consulting Firm v European Bank

Successfully representing client in an arbitration for breach of procurement contract governed by Austrian law.

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Memberships

  • Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (Fellow; Council Member; Arbitrator Panel Member)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • New Zealand Law Society (Member)
  • New Zealand Bar Association (Member)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Reserve Panel Member)
  • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (Arbitrator Panel)
  • New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (Arbitrator Panel)
  • Building Disputes Tribunal (Adjudicator Panel)
  • Arbitral Women (Member)
  • Auckland Women’s Lawyers Society (Member)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (Member)