Important COVID-19 Update: specialist service launched for commercial lease disputes


9 April 2020: In light of increasing demand, NZDRC has today launched a new reduced cost and fixed fee arbitration and mediation service to assist parties to commercial leases who find themselves in a dispute as to their payment obligations due to the ongoing lockdown.

Further information may be found here or by contacting our Registry staff.

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The following arb-med clause should be included in contracts where the parties wish to have any future disputes resolved by Arbitration under the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre’s Arb-Med Rules:

“Any dispute or difference arising out of or in connection with this contract, or the subject matter of this contract, including any question about its existence, validity or termination, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration in accordance with the Arb-Med Rules of the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre.” 

NOTE: parties to an existing dispute that have not incorporated the NZDRC Model Clause into a prior agreement may agree to refer that dispute to Arbitration under the NZDRC Arb-Med Rules by signing the Arb-Med Agreement in the form found at Appendix 2 to those Rules.