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.

Sam Maling

ChristchurchNew Zealand

Arbitration | Mediation | Arb-Med

Nationality: New Zealander

Area of Expertise: Administrative/Public Sector, Banking and Finance, Building and Construction, Commercial

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law

Languages: English


Sam is a South Island based Arbitrator and Mediator.

He has over 40 years’ legal professional experience representing clients in Courts and Tribunals. He has held senior positions with the Law Society both locally and nationally and he has wide business governance experience (both director and chair) including NZ listed entities ( PGC; PGGW & NZFSU),Trust Companies (Perpetual Trust and Foundation Corporate Trust) and Financial Services (MARAC). He is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a facilitator presenter for the IOD’s governance programme.

Sam’s experience in Arbitration extends over 30 years, initially as an advocate but now exclusively as an appointed Arbitrator and Adjudicator.

These appointments as include numerous disputes across  a wide range of issues of moment to companies, business people, rural industries, local authorities, Crown agencies and private individuals. He has particular expertise in Unit Title work, Body Corporate Governance, leases, Trusts and property. He also adjudicates on claims lodged under the Construction Contracts Act and regularly acts as Arbitrator in Building Disputes.

His mediation work includes medico-legal work, substantial commercial claims, shareholder and company disputes and facilitating outcomes for high profile public issues.

Since the Christchurch earthquakes Sam’s focus has been is to provide effective dispute resolution at an affordable cost.