Laying the foundation for an arbitration (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:00pm Wednesday, 29 September 2021
6:30pm Wednesday, 29 September 2021
CPD Training
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Everywhere, unknown 1010
New Zealand

Presented by the Christine Meechan QC and Dr Simon Foote QC, chaired by Mark Colthart, this 1.5hr webinar covers:

  • Selecting and appointing an arbitrator
  • Seeking interim measures and preliminary orders
  • The importance of the first procedural conference
  • Approaches to the exchange of documents and evidence
  • Appointment and conferencing of experts
  • Modes of hearing, including taking evidence by AVL
  • Preparation for the arbitration hearing

Our presenters:

 Christine Meechan QC
Christine Meechan QC, Bankside Chambers An accomplished advocate at all levels, Christine is very experienced in mediation and arbitration. She practises in the field of commercial litigation and has a wealth and depth of experience as a civil litigator. One of Christine’s strengths is her ability to come to grips with factually, technically, and legally complex cases. Commencing practice in a boutique insurance firm in 1985, then moving to Bell Gully in 1987, she worked for a specialist insurance firm in London in 1990, returning in 1991 to become a partner at Bell Gully’s Auckland office. She joined the independent bar in 2008 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. Since moving to the bar, Christine has continued to practise exclusively in commercial litigation, focusing on insurance and construction disputes. Those two broad practise areas involve a huge range of cases, from earthquake claims to directors’ and officers’ liability claims in the insurance space and defective building claims and contractual battles in the construction space
 Dr Simon Foote QC
Simon Foote has a broad commercial litigation practice. He has particular expertise in complex construction and engineering disputes, in shareholder, farming-related and trust disputes, and in arbitration work with a particular interest in international and investment treaty arbitration. Simon has practiced as a barrister sole since 2002 and took silk in 2019. Prior to this, he spent five years as a litigator at Russell McVeagh, two years with the International Arbitration Team at Clifford Chance at London and three years as a Crown Prosecutor. Simon appeared for the New Zealand Bar Association in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the eligibility of litigants in person for awards of costs, and was recently counsel in COVID related judicial review proceedings against the Director-General of Health regarding compassionate exemptions to managed isolation. Simon also conducts criminal jury trials as a member of the Manukau Crown Solicitor’s Crown Panel. He is currently Vice-President (Auckland) of the New Zealand Bar Association. In 2020, Simon graduated with a PhD in international law from Victoria University of Wellington. 

Mark Colthart
Mark Colthart is a Barrister and Arbitrator at FortyEight Shortland Barristers, Auckland. He has over 25 years’ experience advising and representing clients in significant civil and commercial disputes. Mark has a particular focus and expertise in the building and construction, infrastructure and property sectors. 
In addition to his role as an advocate, Mark is a leading arbitration practitioner. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and an arbitration panel member of a number of institutions, including the New Zealand Law Society and New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre. His experience as an arbitrator includes ad hoc arbitration, and arbitration under various institutional rules, in a range of matters, including contract and commercial disputes, commercial leases, property disputes, professional services, and building and construction disputes.


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