Degree; LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1982 Websites;www.geoffsharp.co.nz www.cliftonchambers.co.nzPractice Profile One of New Zealand's leading commercial mediators, Geoff is based in Wellington, New Zealand and available to mediate in all NZ centers and internationally, in particular Asia and the Middle East. He is included in The International Who?s Who of Commercial Mediation focused on ?those who act as mediators in commercial proceedings across a range of different industries and should be considered the leading experts in their jurisdictions?. For 15 years Geoff was at national commercial law firm Bell Gully (and before that Mallesons, Melbourne) leaving as a litigation partner in 1999 to be one of the first to undertake a full-time mediation practice at the NZ Bar. He is now a member of Clifton Chambers, Wellington. Career;Admitted to the High Court of New Zealand 1982 Admitted Australia 1983Supreme Court of Victoria High Court of Australia and the Australian Federal Court Mallesons, Melbourne 1982 ? 1984 Bell Gully (litigation partner), Wellington 1984 ? 1999 Barrister (Clifton Chambers) 1999 to date Accredited National Australian Mediation Standards (current) Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Bond University Faculty of Law (Queensland) 2008 Appointed 3rd Australasian LEADR Fellow 2008 - 2010 Arbitrators? and Mediators? Institute of New Zealand Mediation Panel (current) LEADR Advanced Mediation Panel (current) Massey University/NZ Law Society short course teaching 2011 to date International; Door Tenant Brick Court Chambers (UK) 2013Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators (USA) Vice-Chair International Mediation Institute Independent Standards Commission (The Hague) Singapore Management University Centre for Dispute Resolution (School of Law) Advisory Board Singapore Mediation Centre International Panel of Mediators National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Accredited MediatorsICC (Paris) International Mediation Competition Rules Committee 2011 to dateAdjunct Faculty Pepperdine University School of Law Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution (California) 2008 Areas of Practice; Geoff has conducted well over 1000 mediations, mediating across the entire range of commercial conflict including infrastructure, construction, intellectual property, technology/telecom/energy sectors, financial, contractual, shareholder, joint-venture and senior employment. Types of Cases; Details of Geoff?s mediation work can be provided on the understanding that this information will be confidential and that there will be no identifying features. Publications and Articles;Geoff is a regular contributor to the Kluwer Mediation BlogSee www.geoffsharp.co.nz for a collection of Geoff?s Articles and Mediation Videos Further information; Geoff was voted 2012/2013 winner of the Mediator of the Year Award by the New Zealand legal profession at the annual LexisNexis Law Awards. In March 2013 Geoff was invited to become a Door Tenant of Brick Court Chambers in London and while remaining very much based in New Zealand, he joins some of Europe?s busiest mediators in cross border mediation work.Geoff is a regular judge and mediator at the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition held annually in Paris and in 2012 mediated the final between South Texas College of Law and Bar Ilan University - video Geoff has trained aspiring mediators and mediation advocates in New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Samoa and spoken at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA and Europe. For more information visit Geoff?s website at www.geoffsharp.co.nz
Geoff Sharp is a commercial mediator working in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East.He is a member of London?s Brick Court Chambers joining full time mediators Tony Willis, Bill Wood QC, Stephen Ruttle QC and John Sturrock QC as a door tenant in one of the leading sets of barristers? chambers in London. While remaining very much in New Zealand, Geoff uses Brick Court as a base for offshore mediation work and is delighted to be associated with some of Europe?s busiest and most recognised mediators.Geoff was voted New Zealand Mediator of the Year by the legal profession at the 2012/2013 Law Awards. He is included in the 2013 Who?s Who Legal Most Highly Regarded Commercial Mediators, a global publication with selection based upon independent survey of both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Who?s Who list Geoff in the 10 most highly regarded mediators globally;?He enjoys an ?exceptional reputation? all over the world and has recently accepted a door tenancy at Temple?s Brick Court Chambers in London. Sharp is one of our most highly recommended practitioners?He is honoured to be a past LEADR Fellow and the first Australasian mediator to be elected a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (USA).Known as a mediator who can connect with parties in conflict, Geoff has been engaged by many of New Zealand?s leading law firms dealing with contentious matters at one time or another as well as many corporates and government agencies. Click here for a selection of the types of disputes that Geoff has been involved as mediator.Geoff is a member of ICC?s Mediation Rules Task Force and for the past three years has been invited onto the faculty of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, the only moot devoted to international commercial mediation and held in Paris every year. In 2012 he was honoured to mediate the competition final (video here).Combining commercial practice with academic life, Geoff has also participated in Bond University?s Distinguished Practitioner in Residence program and is a Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute in the Hague currently setting global mediator credentialing standards.Geoff has a particular connection with Asia and Singapore in particular. He is on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University?s Centre for Dispute Resolution located in its School of Law in downtown Singapore. Geoff is a member of Singapore Mediation Centre?s International Panel of Mediators and also the Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel of the National Electricity Market of Singapore.Geoff is also a member of;Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre?s Panel of Accredited Mediators India International ADR Association Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation?s International Mediator Panel CEDR (UK) International Mediator NetworkGeoff is a barrister admitted in New Zealand and Australia having a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington and a Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University. He is an accredited mediator in Australia under the Australian National Mediator Standards and in New Zealand he is a member of the advanced mediation panels of both LEADR and the Arbitrators? and Mediators? Institute of New Zealand.Geoff has trained mediators and lawyers in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe, Malaysia and Thailand and has consulted widely to the New Zealand Government on aspects of public sector mediation, including being engaged by government to establish the Weathertight Mediation Panel for the Department of Building and Housing in response to NZ?s leaky building crisis.Prior to committing to a full-time mediation practice a decade ago, Geoff was a litigation partner at Bell Gully, one of New Zealand?s largest national commercial law firms, where he spent 15 enjoyable years. Before that his early career was at Mallesons (Melbourne) where he is admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court and Federal Court of Australia.
Geoff has received training from Harvard Law School, CDR Associates (Colorado) and Bond University (Queensland, Australia) as well as closer to home from LEADR NZ and Massey University (NZ).He occasionally lectures students at Victoria University Law School (Wellington, NZ).