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.

Derek Firth MNZM

FAMINZ | FCIArb (UK) | LLB (Auck)

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

Area of Expertise: Residential Construction, Commercial and Industrial Construction, Infrastructure and Civil Works, Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Design

Head of the Energy and Construction Law Department at Simpson Grierson until 1995; then practicing as a commercial barrister as an arbitrator and adjudicator, principally dealing with construction disputes.

Also engaged as an independent advisor to the Engineer to the Contract on a number of projects; and as the sole Dispute Board in World Bank funded projects.

1998 – 2000 President of AMINZ.

For five years until 2015, the NZ Alternate Member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration.

Since 2013 an Inaugural Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (one of two from NZ and by invitation).

2017 MNZM for services to Arbitration and Education.

Have acted an arbitrator in over 40 arbitrations including 6 for the ICC Court. Acted as an adjudicator in over 90 adjudications.