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.

Nicole Smith

LLB (Hons) | FCIArb | FAMINZ (Arb)

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

Area of Expertise: Commercial and Industrial Construction, Infrastructure and Civil Works, Engineering

Nicole Smith is a Barrister practising in New Zealand. She is also a solicitor (admitted in England and Wales) acting as a consultant to Keystone Law (UK). She specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, sitting as an arbitrator and also acting as an advocate. She has experience in all fields of commercial disputes including disputes involving shareholders, small and medium enterprises, fraud, leases and post-settlement revenues.

She has acted as Counsel in a number of international construction disputes, mainly for energy companies constructing power stations, refineries and other operational plant.
She regularly presents on arbitration issues in New Zealand and internationally. She is a member of the AMINZ Council, a Fellow of AMINZ and also of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.