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.

He waka eke noa.

Darren Rawlins

Service: Mediation

Area of Expertise: Commercial, Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills and Estates


Darren spent over 20 years as a litigator in London and now practises as a mediator based in Auckland.
Darren is an associate member of AMINZ, and is FDR accredited.

In the UK Darren regularly appeared in the High Court, he has conducted cases before the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court.

He has experience in litigation in many areas including:

Landlord/Tenant – residential and commercial, possession, dilapidations, boundary disputes, rent reviews.
Individual – relationship property.

Trusts, company, insolvency, freezing injunctions, committal applications.

Investigations, disciplinary matters, employment claims.

Judicial Review:
Concerning the use of powers used by HM Revenue & Customs to detain and forfeit goods, the granting and execution of search warrants against companies and individuals.

Insurance / Union claims:
Personal injury for claimants and defendants, medical negligence. Residential property owners against builder’s insurers regarding new property guarantees/warranties.