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. Raynor Asher QC

AucklandNew Zealand

BA, LLB (Hons), LLM

Nationality: New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Administrative/Public Sector, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Liquidation, Building and Construction, Commercial, Competition, Consumer, Franchising, Human Rights, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Property and Property Planning, Real Estate, Shareholder and Securities, Trusts, Wills and Estates

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law

Languages: English

Raynor practices in the area of alternative dispute resolution and the giving of advice. He specialises in arbitration and mediation.

He graduated BA, LLB (Hons) in 1972 and LLM from UC (Berkeley), where he studied as a US Harkness Fellow. He was a partner in the firm now known as Kensington Swan, and in 1986 commenced practice as a barrister sole. In 1992, he was appointed as Queen’s Counsel. During his time at the Bar he had a wide ranging practice and appeared on numerous occasions in all the New Zealand trial and appellate Courts and the Privy Council.

From 1996-98 he was President of the New Zealand Bar Association and has been appointed a Life Member. He was President of the Auckland District Law Society between 2002 and 2003 and Vice President of the New Zealand Law Society from 2003-05. He was President of the Legal Research Foundation and is an Honorary Fellow.

He was appointed to the High Court Bench in 2005 and to the Court of Appeal in 2016. He has been a Commercial List judge, Chair of the Rules Committee and Chair of the Media and Courts Committee. He retired in March 2019, and has resumed practice at the Bar as an arbitrator and mediator, and gives opinions and general advice.

He was also recently appointed Chair of the Media Council