Does compromise, compromise justice? Three proposals for the integration of mediation and the Court process (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:30pm Thursday, 28 September 2023
7:45pm Thursday, 28 September 2023
CPD Training
In person and online
Dentons Ground Floor, 18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Auckland, AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

Does compromise, compromise justice? Three proposals for the integration of mediation and the Court process

In 2022, the Rules Committee issued their report ‘Improving Access to Civil Justice’ which set out the Committee’s recommendations for addressing the various barriers to accessing justice in New Zealand. This report led to consideration of the role mediation could play in improving access to institutional justice.

Please join us for a discussion, chaired by Maria Dew KC, where Hayden Wilson (Partner, Dentons) and Madison Dobie (Senior Associate, Dentons) will present their proposals for how mediation could be integrated into the institutionalised system of civil justice to improve access to those institutions. The aim behind these proposals is to ensure that the Court remains the ultimate arbiter of the dispute, but mediation assists with clearing the noise and allowing the Court to undertake its important function.

This is a joint NZBA and AMINZ event, proudly hosted by Dentons New Zealand.

Event details

In-person event from 5.30pm until 7.45pm with drinks and nibbles provided

Online webinar from 6.00pm until 7.15pm

Learning objectives:

  • how mediation can be integrated into the court process to improve access to justice
  • alternative ways to access justice

 Please register to attend either online or in person in Auckland 


Hayden Wilson

Hayden is Chair of Dentons in New Zealand, a commercial mediator and litigation lawyer, and has over 20 years’ experience in mediation as both counsel and mediator. He leads the Wellington dispute resolution team, specialising in public, regulatory, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Global Board and Global Advisory Committee of Dentons, the world’s largest global law firm, made up of 30 individuals from across the firm globally. Hayden is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading commercial mediators and most recently been named by NZ Lawyer as one of New Zealand’s Most Influential Lawyers for 2023. Hayden is a fellow of the Resolution Institute, a member of AMINZ and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal as both a Global Leader and a National Leader in Mediation. He is recognised by both Chambers and Legal 500 as one of New Zealand’s leading lawyers in litigation and dispute resolution and was included in Legal 500’s Australasian Arbitration Powerlist. Hayden is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.


Madison Dobie

Madison is a Senior Associate in the Major Projects and Construction team at Dentons in New Zealand where she specialises in the resolution of complex construction and infrastructure dispute. Prior to joining Dentons Kensington Swan in 2019, she was an in-house lawyer at Engineering New Zealand, where she was awarded the Young In-house Lawyer of the Year award for her work developing a new expert facilitation service to assist in the resolution of outstanding insurance disputes from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. Madison has also been recognised as a Rising Star in the legal profession in 2020 and 2023 and was awarded the AMINZ Consensual Scholarship in 2022.


Maria Dew KC

Britomart Chambers, Auckland

Maria Dew KC practises in employment law, professional misconduct and human rights involving advocacy before Courts, instructions as independent investigator or reviewer and as facilitator or mediator.  

Maria was appointed as Queens Counsel in 2018.  Currently, Maria serves as the President of the New Zealand Bar Association and is on several panels including the Sports and Recreation Complaints and Mediation Service Panel of Experts, Prosecutions Panel for the New Zealand Law Society Disciplinary Panel and Domain Names Commission Panel of Experts.  Maria has formerly sat as a Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

This event is free and open to members of the NZBA and AMINZ.   Register for the in person or online event below.

Please Register below, visit your Cart, and follow all steps through to Place Order.  If you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar. Please ensure you follow these to register on the Zoom platform and can therefore join on the day (or receive the recording, which will be available later). 

In person attendees note:

5.30pm to 7.45pm, 28 September 2023

Ground Floor
18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Wynyard Quarter
Auckland CBD

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