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2004 – Present

Self-employed arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator; appellate judge in Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa and Cook Is; wrote series of reports to Government on petitions for pardon and compensation for wrongful imprisonment, domain name expert.

Education

  • LLB - Victoria University of Wellington, 1965
  • LLM – Victoria University of Wellington, 1966
  • Research visitor – University of Southhampton, 1975 and 1976
  • LLD - Victoria University of Wellington, 1984
  • Yachtmaster (Ocean) – Ministry of Transport (Marine Div), 1985
  • Fullbright Scholar – Federal Judicial Center, Washington,1994

Bio

2004 – Present

Self-employed arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator; appellate judge in Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa and Cook Is; wrote series of reports to Government on petitions for pardon and compensation for wrongful imprisonment, domain name expert.

1989 – 2004

Judge of High Court of NZ; Chair of NZ Rules Committee, Supervising Judge of Commercial List, Executive and Senior Judge of Auckland High Court, divisional member of the NZ Court of Appeal


1962 – 1989

Solicitor, partner, barrister and Queen's Counsel in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland

Work Highlights

Significant arbitrations and mediations

Details unavailable due to confidentiality of arbitrations and mediations


Evidence Act 2006

Special adviser to Parliament on 2005 Evidence Bill


Bain Report 2012

Report to Minister of Justice on compensation claim by David Bain


Punitia v Tutuila [2014] WSCA 1

Presided on Samoan Court of Appeal’s judgment holding that Constitution overrides village’s right to banish its citizens.


Webb v Webb [2017] CKCA 4

Presided on Cook Islands Court of Appeal judgment re objective nullity in family trusts


Haig Report 2008

Report to Minister of Justice on compensation claim by Rex Haig following his book Rough Justice


Teonea v Pule o Kaupule [2009] TVCA 2

A majority judgment in Tuvalu Court of Appeal upholding Brethren’s constitutional right to religious freedom

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Publications

  • Arbitrators (Chapter 24, Professional Responsibility in New Zealand (2015) LexisNexis) (co-author).

  • Fisher on Matrimonial Property (2nd ed, Butterworths, Wellington, 1984) (now looseleaf ed, LexisNexis) (Editor-in-Chief).

  • Laws of New Zealand Consulting editor.

  • Evidence – How it Works (New Zealand Law Society, 2004) (co-author).

  • NZ Halsbury Commentary on Patents Butterworths (1988).

Memberships

  • Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ (Fellow)
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • Building Disputes Tribunal
  • Lawyers for Climate Action
  • NZ Law Society
  • NZ Bar Assoc
  • NZ Dispute Resolution Centre