Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

Derek Firth MNZM

AucklandNew Zealand

Arbitration | Mediation

Nationality: New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Building and Construction, Commercial, Energy, Franchising, Insurance, Oil and Gas, Valuation

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law

Languages: English

FAMINZ | FCIArb (UK) | LLB (Auck)

Head of the Energy and Construction Law Department at Simpson Grierson until 1995; then practicing as a commercial barrister as an arbitrator and adjudicator, principally dealing with construction disputes.

Also engaged as an independent advisor to the Engineer to the Contract on a number of projects; and as the sole Dispute Board in World Bank funded projects.

1998 – 2000 President of AMINZ.

For five years until 2015, the NZ Alternate Member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration.

Since 2013 an Inaugural Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (one of two from NZ and by invitation).

2017 MNZM for services to Arbitration and Education.

Have acted an arbitrator in over 40 arbitrations including 6 for the ICC Court. Acted as an adjudicator in over 90 adjudications.