A New Zealand born lawyer, Gerard completed a Bachelor of Laws (1981-1985) and Masters of Laws (Honours) with a thesis in international trade law (1992-1994) at the University of Auckland. He left New Zealand in 1994 to gain international experience and returned to New Zealand in late 2016.
In the last 17 years in particular, as a legal counsel and negotiator, he has focused on the development, use and provision of technology systems. He has engaged in bespoke technology consulting, development & implementation and outsourced services engagements concerning material technology architectures, delivery, and service models.
Gerard has worked for global IT consultancy groups and represented other global and SME providers, users, investors and early stage companies and engaged with business and government agencies teams in the ANZ, Asia Pacific, North American, UK and European markets.
Roles have included:
- 5 years as EDS Australia’s Senior Negotiation lead (for inbound dependent IT outsourced systems). EDS was subsequently acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP) and recently was restructured as the global entity DXC Technology.
- 5 years in the Accenture group - in Sydney with Accenture Australia and in London as Deputy UK Counsel for Avanade UK (a Microsoft business systems global implementation partner).
- 3 years as a Special Counsel in Sydney for a 2-man specialist IT providers practice group at Bird &Bird LLP (formerly Truman Hoyle Partners).
- Acting Head of Legal for Baringa Partners LLP (an Energy/FS sectors and technology systems management consultancy) in London in 2016.
Since late 2015, Gerard has operated a negotiation and strategic services business Be Amorgos Limited (www.beamorgos.com) with a focus on the technology sector.
Collaborative negotiation and Mediation focus:
Through the above experiences, Gerard has evolved a range of skills and approaches that align diverse stakeholders, and, with energy, delivers collaborative solutions based on understanding the detailed technology context and key risks and mediating conflict. In particular he has managed negotiated work arounds for a range of misaligned or conflicted IT implementation projects, concerning both private sector and government agencies.
In early 2016, Gerard obtained in London, a CEDR mediation accreditation to address, his belief in a growing need for mediation of misunderstandings or disputes concerning the delivery, use and management of technology solutions and services.
Prior to his career focus on the technology sector, Gerard specialised in non listed mergers and acquisitions project work so he is also able to engage in broader commercial meditations.
- Mediator: In April 2016 CEDR (www.cedr.com) mediator accreditation attained in London. In early 2017 Gerard attained an Associate Membership of AMINZ.
- Admitted Solicitor:
- Admitted to the role of barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand; and
- Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia.
- LLM (Honours), University of Auckland with a thesis on judicial interpretation harmonisation concerning disputes governed by international trade law conventions, and studies in international arbitration and business law.
- Bachelor of Law, University of Auckland.