Arbitration in Action: Principles, Process and Practicalities (in person)

Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Thu 17 October | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


Arbitration is defined as the private determination of a dispute, by an independent third party. Yet the process is not so well understood.

This practical work-through, using a common fact scenario, will shed light on the arbitration process, from start to finish, so that attendees can feel more comfortable about choosing and conducting this ADR option which is being used more often and across a diverse range of disputes. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Become more familiar with the phases of the arbitration process, including appointment of the arbitrator, the anatomy of the pre-hearing conference, how costs are dealt with.
  • Gain insights into how the arbitration process can be tailored to the needs of the parties and the particular dispute (including the form of arbitration) – and when other forms of alternative dispute resolution might be more suitable. 
  • Get a better feel for the range of issues that can arise during the arbitration process, including ethical matters.
  • View portions of a mock arbitration in action, conducted by those very experienced in this forum, so that you feel better prepared for your next one. 

Who should attend?

Litigators at junior to intermediate level who are, or may be involved in, arbitrations from time to time and those more senior seeking a refresher/updater.

Commercial lawyers involved in negotiating and drafting arbitration/dispute resolution clauses.

Property lawyers who may have involvement with arbitrations from time to time and general practitioners with involvement in arbitrations/drafting such clauses.


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Royden Hindle
Commercial Arbitrator

Royden Hindle is an experienced commercial arbitrator, mediator and construction adjudicator.

From 2002 to 2011 Royden was Chair of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.  He is a member of both the Mediation and Arbitration Panels of AMINZ, and has been a Council member since 2011.  Royden is presently serving both as the President of AMINZ and its Director of Professional Studies. 

Royden is also a Principal Arbitrator, Evaluator & Mediator with the New Zealand Disputes Resolution Centre, and is a Resolution Institute-accredited mediator. 

Royden teaches in dispute resolution at AUT University.  He is a member of Bankside Chambers. 

Polly Pope

Russell McVeagh

Polly Pope is a disputes partner at Russell McVeagh. Polly is a fellow of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand and was awarded the Sir Ronald Davison Award for Excellence in Arbitral Award Writing in 2018. 

Polly is member of the Council of the Legal Research Foundation and contributes to several publications, including the commentary on the Arbitration Act in Sim's Court Practice.

Anna Kirk
Bankside Chambers 

Anna is an arbitrator, adjudicator and barrister at Bankside Chambers (Auckland and Singapore). She has extensive experience in international commercial and investment arbitration. 

Anna acts as advocate, arbitrator and adjudicator in both international and domestic matters.  She also acts as tribunal assistant in large international cases, including in a State-to-State claim worth over $30 billion.  Prior to joining Bankside Chambers as a barrister, Anna worked with Sir David Williams KNZM, QC at Bankside Chambers.  She also spent a number of years at Herbert Smith LLP in London in the International Arbitration team.

Anna’s experience spans multiple jurisdictions and arbitral institutions.  She has significant experience in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules, as well as domestic experience under the Arbitration Act 1996 and the Construction Contracts Act 2002.  

Anna has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has written extensively on arbitration, including as a contributing author to Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration (first and second editions).  Anna also co-lectures a Masters level paper at the University of Auckland on international arbitration.

Anna is a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London). She is admitted in New Zealand and England and Wales. 

Jeremy Johnson
Wynn Williams

Jeremy is an experienced litigator and dispute resolution specialist with particular expertise in commercial, insolvency, equity and trust law. He has offices in both Christchurch and Auckland and is a member of the firm's board.

Jeremy is the youngest person to have become a Fellow of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand for Arbitration and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is available to appear as counsel in arbitrations and to take appointments as an arbitrator. Jeremy also received the Sir Ronald Davison Award for excellence in arbitral award writing.