Expert Mediation Panel

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Andrew Scott-Howman

Andrew Scott-Howman is a Wellington based barrister specialising in employment law. Andrew was an employment law partner at Bell Gully between 2003 and 2008, following which he was a partner in the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Wellington from 2009 to 2012. He went to the independent bar in February 2012.
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Andrew Skelton

Andrew has 25 years' experience as a civil and commercial litigator in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and has appeared before specialist tribunals including the Sports Tribunal and New Zealand Rugby Union Judicial Committee.
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Anne Toohey

Anne is a barrister at Canterbury Chambers in Christchurch and has a general practice in civil, employment and criminal litigation. Prior to joining the independent bar, she worked from admission in 1996 as a civil and criminal litigator.
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Deborah Clapshaw

Deborah is an Auckland barrister with 40 years’ experience in dispute resolution. She spentthe last 28 years practising as a mediator and facilitator. She is recognized by Who’s Who asone of the world’s leading mediators and was named in NBR and Lawfuel as in the top 10commercial and family mediators in New Zealand in 2014, 2016 and 2019.
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Kate Hesson

Kate Hesson was admitted to the bar in 2000 and practised commercial law until 2018 whenshe began to focus her professional interests on collaborative practices (such as mediation),investigations and governance.
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Maria Austen

Maria specialises in employment law and independent investigations. Prior to moving to theindependent Bar as a barrister in 2012, Maria was a Principal of the Crown Solicitor's Officein Wellington.
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Maria Dew QC

Maria was appointed Queen's Counsel in November 2018. She specialises in employment law, professional misconduct, health and safety and human rights matters. Maria has gained a strong reputation as independent counsel.
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Mark Kelly

Mark is a leading commercial mediator, with a reputation for skill, determination, commerciality, and reliability. He was admitted to the New Zealand bar in 1993, giving him over 25 years of legal experience.
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Michael Heron QC

Michael Heron QC is a leading QC in commercial and regulatory litigation and arbitrations. He is a trusted legal advisor to New Zealand businesses, government entities, and public bodies. Michael was formerly New Zealand’s Solicitor General...
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Nina Khouri

Nina is based in Auckland and has over 15 years’ experience as a mediator. She has received recognition as a leader in the field of mediation, having been a mediator of the year finalist in each of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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Paul Sills

A domestic and international arbitrator, mediator and barrister who draws on over 25 years of commercial and legal experience, Paul specialises in the early resolution of disputes both nationally and internationally for the benefit of all parties involved.
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Shelley Kopu

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka (Choppy waters can be navigated). Shelley Kopu is of Te Atiawa descent. As an experienced specialist employment lawyer, mediator and investigator Shelley is skilled at facilitating mediations with a Te Ao Māori lens, in a manner that honours Tikanga Māori and an indigenous view.
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Stephen Cottrell

A former professional rugby player and General Counsel of New Zealand Rugby, Stephen Cottrell specialises in sports law and dispute resolution. He is the principal of Cottsport Limited, a sports advisory company and incorporated law firm.
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The Hon Paul Heath QC

Paul was appointed Queen’s Counsel in June 1998 and as a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand in March 2002. He retired from the Bench in April 2018, and since that time, has been engaged in arbitration and mediation, together with other forms of dispute resolution.
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