18 August 2021 | IMPORTANT NOTICE


In line with Ministry of Health guidance, our staff are currently working remotely. They remain available to assist and it is business as usual. However, we ask that wherever possible you contact us online or by email to registrar@buildingdisputestribunal.co.nz.

If you need to courier documents, please contact our Registry staff in the first instance to confirm the appropriate delivery details.

He waka eke noa.

Deborah Clapshaw

BA (Hons) | LLB (Hons) | LLM | FAMINZ

Service: Mediation

Area of Expertise: Infrastructure and Civil Works

Deborah Clapshaw is a barrister working exclusively as a private mediator in commercial and interpersonal disputes since 1994.

She is on a number of statutory mediation panels including the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (which she has been on since its inception in 2003), the Domain Names Commission and is an accredited FDR provider. She has been a contract mediator mediating employment disputes for MBIE since 2016.

Deborah has conducted over 1,500 construction dispute mediations relating to delay and defect claims, design, workmanship and engineering issues both privately and as a Weathertight Homes Resolution Service panellist.

She taught Mediation and Dispute Resolution at Auckland University Law School for 10 years and was a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal from 2003 until 2010, Chairperson of the State Housing Appeal Authority and a Real Estate Agents Authority Complaints Assessment Committee Panel member. She has recently been appointed to the GCCRS panel to mediate Christchurch earthquake-related claims.
She is an Invited Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Fellow, Disciplinary Tribunal and Mediation Panel member of AMINZ, and an Advanced Panel member and past member of the Resolution Institute Board. She regularly coaches and assesses mediators for accreditation and offers professional supervision to mediators.