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.

Dr Derek Johnston

WellingtonNew Zealand


Nationality: Irish, New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Commercial, Competition, Consumer, Energy, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Oil and Gas, Shareholder and Securities

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law

Languages: English

LLB(Hons) | MJur (Dist) | SJD | DipICArb | FAMINZ (Arb) | FCIArb

Derek Johnston is a highly respected corporate, commercial, competition and securities law specialist. He has significant legal experience in the energy, capital markets, telecommunications and IT, and financial services sectors.

Derek is available to serve as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations. He holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and various other arbitration institutions. He has been appointed to the Reserve Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and to the Arbitration Panels of AMINZ, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Asian International Arbitration Centre.