Important COVID-19 Update

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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, adjudicators, arbitrators and mediators 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.

Mark Colthart

BA | LLM (Hons) | FAMINZ (Arb) | FCIArb

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, Engineering, Design

Mark was admitted to the bar in 1994, and has over 24 years’ experience in civil and commercial litigation. He has particular expertise in commercial arbitration, building and construction law, and land and property disputes.

Since he was admitted to the bar in 1994 Mark has appeared in all of the major Courts and Tribunals in New Zealand, including as lead counsel in trials in the District and High Courts, and in appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He regularly appears as counsel in commercial arbitrations, adjudications, and mediations, and acts as arbitrator and adjudicator in commercial and construction disputes. Mark has specialist expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, property, and construction law. As a commercial litigator Mark has represented some of New Zealand’s leading companies in a wide range of commercial disputes. He regularly appears in the High Court in significant civil and commercial cases, including contract and tort claims, Companies Act and Securities Act disputes, Fair Trading Act claims, insolvency and banking litigation, injunction and search order proceedings, specific performance proceedings, and other complex disputes. ‍

In the area of property and construction law Mark regularly advises and represents some of New Zealand’s most well known construction companies, property developers, and professionals in the building and construction industry. He has extensive experience as counsel in arbitrations and adjudications, and advises clients on construction law and contractual issues.

Mark’s arbitration practice also includes appointment as Arbitrator in commercial disputes, and as Adjudicator in adjudications under Construction Contracts Act.

Mark is a Fellow (Arbitration) of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators based in London. He is the convener of the Auckland District Law Society Property Disputes Committee. He has presented numerous seminars on litigation, property and construction law issues.
Since 2012 Mark has taught on the faculty of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme.

Mark also has a growing interest and client following in wine industry law. He advises New Zealand wine producers on a range of commercial issues, including international distribution contracts, intellectual property, liquor licensing and advertising standards.