NZDRC Launch - November 2010
The New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC) was officially launched in Auckland last Thursday at a function hosted by major law firm, Simpson Grierson. Speaking at the launch, the Hon Peter Salmon QC described NZDRC as “a private civil justice service with its own registry” and “a truly innovative and comprehensive enterprise.”
The event attracted a crowd of approximately 100 and included a number of New Zealand's most respected Dispute Resolution practitioners, Barristers, leading legal practitioners, academics and current & retired judges.
NZDRC is a private independent organisation providing a comprehensive domestic and international conflict and dispute resolution service and offers an innovative, private alternative to traditional dispute processes. The centre was established to give parties to civil and commercial disputes the widest capacity to adopt dispute resolution processes that are private, fair, prompt and cost effective and which will provide a proportionate response to the amounts at issue and the complexity of the issues involved. NZDRC also provides dispute resolution services for family/relationship matters through the specialist Mediation panel of experts in this specialised area of practice.
NZDRC’s panellists read like an A-list of pre-eminent jurists and dispute resolution professionals from New Zealand, Australia and the UK. They include such legal luminaries as Hon Sir Ian Barker QC, Hon Sir John Hansen, Hon Sir Bruce Robertson, Hon Sir Hugh Williams QC, Hon Peter Salmon QC, Hon David Byrne QC, Hon Peter Heerey QC, Hon Sir Laurence Street, Hon David Baragwanath, Tómas Kennedy-Grant QC, George Golvan QC, David Levin QC, Richard Fernyhough QC, and many others.
The centres' fully administered services include; Arbitration, Mediation, Expert Determination, and Early Neutral Evaluation.
NZDRC is also fully committed to educating the community and industry on alternative dispute resolution options as well as offering conflict management services including organisational performance audits, conflict management coaching, the development and implementation of integrated conflict management systems and strategies to improve performance and relationships to avoid disputes between employees, clients, suppliers, subcontractors and other stakeholders, and where conflict and disputes cannot be avoided, to manage disputes effectively.
“Business people and the community alike desire fair, prompt, flexible and cost effective conflict management and dispute resolution services. Private commercial dispute resolution has all the key elements, features, and most importantly, the capacity to deliver that outcome,” said Mr Green.
“These are exciting times for dispute resolution in New Zealand and I am proud to say that private commercial dispute resolution has emphatically come of age with the launch of NZDRC. We are committed to setting the standard of excellence for the delivery of dispute resolution services across all sectors, domestically and internationally,” he said.