People

Geoff Sharp

Year of Call: New Zealand: 1999

Clerk: Kate Trott kate.trott@brickcourt.co.uk

Geoff Sharp

Year of Call: New Zealand: 1999

Clerk: Kate Trott   kate.trott@brickcourt.co.uk

Expertise

“Clients would go to Geoff Sharp '10 times out of 10'. A door tenant at Brick Court, he has conducted over a thousand mediations in New Zealand and worldwide, and is one of the most highly rated individuals on our international research”
- Who's Who Legal 2014

“the leading mediator in New Zealand for many of our respondents. He enjoys an 'exceptional reputation all over the world"
- Who's Who Legal 2013

Overview

Geoff Sharp is one of New Zealand's leading commercial mediators and in 2012 was voted by the legal profession to be the inaugural Mediator of the Year at the annual NZ Law Awards. Geoff is available to mediate internationally, in particular Asia and the Middle East.

He is included in The International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation focused on ‘those who act as mediators in commercial proceedings across a range of different industries and should be considered the leading experts in their jurisdictions'.

With a particular connection to Asia Geoff is on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University's Centre for Dispute Resolution (School of Law). He is appointed to the Singapore Mediation Centre's International Panel of Mediators and is a member of the National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel. Geoff is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre's panel of accredited mediators.

He mediates across the entire range of commercial conflict including infrastructure, construction, intellectual property, technology/telecom/energy sectors, financial, contractual, shareholder, joint-venture and senior employment.

He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand and also the Supreme Court of Victoria, the High Court of Australia and the Australian Federal Court.

practice areas

Mediation

Geoff has conducted over 1000 mediations in New Zealand and internationally, mediating across the entire range of commercial conflict including infrastructure, construction, intellectual property, technology/telecom/energy sectors, financial, contractual, shareholder, joint-venture and senior employment.

Further information

Geoff was voted 2012/2013 Mediator of the Year by the New Zealand legal profession at the annual LexisNexis Law Awards. In the 2016 APAC Insider Legal Awards Geoff was named as the best commercial mediator in the Asia Pacific region. 

Geoff is a regular judge and mediator at the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition held annually in Paris and in 2012 mediated the final between South Texas College of Law and Bar Ilan University - video

Geoff also trains mediators and mediation advocates in New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Samoa.

Qualifications

Degree

LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1982

Career

New Zealand

Barrister & Solicitor 1982 - 1999

Bell Gully, Wellington 1984 - 1999

Barrister 1999 to date

Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Mediation Panel (current)

LEADR Advanced Mediation Panel (current)

Massey University/NZ Law Society short course teaching 2011 to date

Australia

Mallesons, Melbourne 1982 - 1984

Admitted Supreme Court of Victoria 1983

Admitted High Court of Australia and Australian Federal Court 1983

Accredited National Australian Mediation Standards (current)

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Bond University Faculty of Law (Queensland) 2008

Appointed the 3rd Australasian LEADR Fellow 2008 - 2010

International

Adjunct Faculty Pepperdine University School of Law Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution (California) 2008

Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators (USA)

Vice-Chair International Mediation Institute Independent Standards Commission (The Hague)

Singapore Management University Centre for Dispute Resolution (School of Law) Advisory Board

Singapore Mediation Centre International Panel of Mediators

National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Accredited Mediators

Publications

Geoff is a regular contributor to the Kluwer Mediation Blog

Collections of his Articles and Mediation Videos can be found on his website.

Directory Quotes

  • Geoff Sharp, a door tenant at Brick Court with his own practice in New Zealand, is once again included among our top 10 mediators and is regularly “in high demand for his practice covering the Asia-Pacific region” (Who's Who Legal 2015)
  • “Clients would go to Geoff Sharp “10 times out of 10”. A door tenant at Brick Court, he has conducted over a thousand mediations in New Zealand and worldwide, and is one of the most highly rated individuals on our international research” (Who's Who Legal 2014)
  • “Also in the region is Geoff Sharp who is “the leading mediator in New Zealand” for many of our respondents. He enjoys an “exceptional reputation” all over the world and has recently accepted a door tenancy at Temple’s Brick Court Chambers in London. Sharp is one of our most highly recommended practitioners” (Who's Who Legal 2013)

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