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.

Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston

Service: Arbitration

Area of Expertise: Commercial, Competition, Consumer, Energy, Financial Services, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Oil and Gas, Shareholder and Securities

LLB(Hons) | MJur (Dist) (Auck) | SJD (Toronto) | DipICArb | FAMINZ (Arb) | FCIArb

Derek Johnston is a highly respected corporate, commercial, competition and securities law specialist. He has significant legal experience in the energy, capital markets, telecommunications and IT, and financial services sectors.

Derek is available to serve as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations. He holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and various other arbitration institutions. He has been appointed to the Reserve Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and to the Arbitration Panels of AMINZ, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Asian International Arbitration Centre. He also spent 10 years as a member (including 3 years as Chair) of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.