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.

Hon Paul Heath QC

AucklandNew Zealand

Arbitration | Mediation | Arb-Med

Nationality: New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Liquidation, Commercial, Financial Services, Insurance, Shareholder and Securities, Sport, Treaty, Trusts, Valuation, Wills and Estates

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law, International Law

Languages: English

LLB | FCI Arb (UK) | Chartered Arbitrator (UK) | FAMINZ (Arb)

The Hon Paul Heath QC’s principal areas of expertise are dispute resolution, (primarily arbitration), commercial law, company law, insolvency law, equity, trusts and legal issues affecting Māori. He studied law at the University of Auckland, graduating LLB in 1978, and was admitted to the Bar later that year.

During his time in practice, he appeared on multiple occasions in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and on three occasions in the Privy Council. Paul went to the separate Bar in 1998 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel that year. He was a Law Commissioner between 1999 and 2002, having been a consultant on commercial law issues from 1997. From 1999 to 2001 and in 2010 Paul was head of New Zealand’s delegation to Electronic Commerce and Insolvency Working Groups of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

In March 2002, Paul was appointed a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand, an office he held until his retirement from the Bench on 6 April 2018. During that time, he sat as a member of the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Court of Appeal between 2003 and 2016. He also sat as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu in July 2010.

Paul is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and a Chartered Arbitrator.