Andrew Skelton

Andrew SkeltonLLM (Lond), MSt.(Oxon), AAMINZ

Adjudication - Arbitration - Arb-Med - Mediation - Expert Determination - Early Neutral Evaluation - Dispute Review Boards

New Zealand

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Andrew is a barrister with over 25 years’ experience as a civil litigator in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is a member of Capital Chambers, based in Wellington.

Andrew’s areas of practise and expertise are principally: building and construction disputes (all issues); lease and property-related disputes (including rent reviews, reinstatement, sale and purchase and easement disputes); insurance disputes (contract works, public liability, professional indemnity, material damage and business interruption); company/shareholder disputes; general contract and commercial disputes; sports disputes (including selection issues) and professional disciplinary matters. 

Andrew was a partner at Kensington Swan for 14 years from 1999-2012. He has practised as a barrister sole since 2013. Andrew was ranked as a Leading Construction Barrister in New Zealand by Doyle’s Guide in 2017 and 2018.

Andrew regularly accepts appointments as an arbitrator, adjudicator, expert, mediator and conciliator, and is also engaged to conduct independent inquiries. He is an Associate of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and a LEADR-qualified mediator. 

Andrew has been appointed to the following institutional panels: New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Arbitration Panel since 2016; New Zealand International Arbitration Centre Arbitration Panel since 2016; AMINZ Arbitration Panel and Adjudicators List since 2015 and Building Disputes Tribunal Arbitration and Adjudication Panels since 2013.

Andrew also conducts and determines non-selection appeals for Rowing New Zealand and Triathlon New Zealand.

Andrew also acts as counsel at first instance and appellate levels. He has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996 and the ICC Rules and in numerous adjudication proceedings under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and mediations.

Andrew has been a faculty member on the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Litigation Skills Course since 2005, the NZLS Expert Witness Programme since 2014 and NZLS Advanced Litigation Skills Course since 2017.

In August 2016, Andrew chaired the NZLS Construction Law Intensive. Andrew is a member of the NZ Society of Construction Law.

Recent publications include: Construction Law in New Zealand (foreword prepared for NZLS Construction Law Intensive, August 2016); The Tender Process – Rights and Wrongs – Getting it Wrong (paper prepared for NZ Society of Construction Law Conference, August 2015); Restitution for Wrongs (paper co-presented with Tim Mullins as part of NZLS Issues in Unjust Enrichment Intensive, July 2014); Concurrent Delay Demystified (paper presented to NZ Society of Construction Law, Auckland and Wellington, October 2013); Summary Judgment and Arbitration: The Contest between Pragmatism and Principle (paper co-presented with Daniel Kalderimis to the AMINZ-IAMA Conference, Auckland, July 2013).
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