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

Winner: Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia Pacific Region
- APAC Insider Legal Awards 2016

Geoff is regularly included in Who’s Who Global Top 10 Mediators and is “in high demand for his practice covering the Asia-Pacific region” and “is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent mediators” possessing “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East”
- Who's Who Legal 2015

“Clients would go to Geoff Sharp “10 times out of 10”. 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

Geoff is “the leading mediator in New Zealand” for many of our respondents. He enjoys an “exceptional reputation” all over the world. Sharp is one of our most highly recommended practitioners”
- Who's Who Legal 2013

Overview

Geoff divides his time between his London and New Zealand mediation practices as well as occasionally mediating in Asia.

In 2016 he mediated a number of high-profile London matters including a multibillion-pound class-action and one of the most significant pieces of litigation in the UK for 2016, a five party country to country commercial dispute, co-mediated with a retired UK Court of Appeal judge, of political and historical significance together with a multimillion pound insolvency litigation and a Southeast Asian energy infrastructure claim set against a complex backdrop of litigation and arbitration in Manila, Singapore and London.

Known as a mediator who can connect with parties in conflict, Geoff has been engaged by many of the world’s leading law firms dealing with contentious matters as well as government agencies, including the UK Government in 2016.

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

In 2013, 2014 and again in 2015/16, Geoff is included in Who’s Who Legal Global Top 10 Mediators with selection based on independent survey of both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.

He is one of New Zealand's leading commercial mediators and was voted by the NZ legal profession to be the Inaugural Mediator of the Year at the 2012 Annual NZ Law Awards.

He is honoured to be a past LEADR Fellow and the first Australasian mediator to be elected a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (USA).

Geoff has been a member of ICC’s Mediation Rules Task Force and for many years on the faculty of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition devoted to international commercial mediation and held in Paris every year. He was honoured to mediate the competition final in 2012 (video here).

He is appointed to CEDR’s International Mediator Panel as well as Singapore Mediation Centre's International Panel of Mediators and is a member of the National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel.

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

practice areas

Mediation

Geoff has conducted well over 1500 mediations since becoming a full-time mediator in 2000 and has trained mediators and lawyers in New Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Australia, USA, Europe, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand and has consulted widely to the New Zealand Government on aspects of public sector mediation. 

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

  • In the 2016 APAC Insider Legal Awards Geoff won category of Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia Pacific Region (citation here)
  • 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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