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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Nigel Dunlop

Nigel Dunlop


Service: Arbitration, Arb-Med, Mediation

Area of Expertise: Property and Property Planning, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Other

Nigel Dunlop is a barrister with 40 years of legal experience whose past specialties included family and criminal law. 

Additionally he sits on a number of statutory tribunals, investigates complaints, and arbitrates disputes.

Nigel has been trained in mediation since 1993 by international experts.

He has conducted well in excess of 500 mediations involving almost 3000 hours of mediation. These mediations have resulted in a 93% settlement rate.

The subject matter of these mediations has been wide ranging, including civil/commercial, health and disability, domain names and family.

Nigel is an accredited mediator with AMINZ, LEADR and the NZ Law Society. He is a member of many mediation panels, including those established by the Department of Building, Innovation and Employment, Health and Disability Commissioner, Family Court, and Domain Name Commission.

Nigel holds tribunal appointments from the Minister of Health, Retirement Commissioner, and Secretary for Education.

He has conducted investigations for the NZ Defence Force, NZ Police, Ministry of Education, Auckland Council and University of Otago.

He is a past President of the Canterbury District Law Society and Council Member of the NZ Law Society.

He chairs the Complaints Committee of AMINZ.