Winner: Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia Pacific Region
- APAC Insider Legal Awards 2016
Who’s Who Global Mediation Thought Leader 2017
- Who’s Who Legal 2017
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
Geoff divides his time between his London and New Zealand mediation practices as well as mediating in Asia.
Over the 2016/2017 period he has 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 of political and historical significance, co-mediated with a retired UK Court of Appeal judge; a multimillion pound insolvency litigation; two large fraud matters and the termination of a wholesale insurance arrangement; a takeover involving sensitive client issues and a Southeast Asian energy infrastructure claim set against a complex backdrop of litigation and arbitration in Manila, Singapore and London. Before that, a Middle Eastern oil and gas sector project dispute and a UAE construction dispute involving an iconic Dubai building project.
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 and NZ Governments.
He mediates across a range of commercial conflicts including infrastructure, construction, intellectual property, engineering, technology/telecom/energy sectors, financial, insurance, contractual, shareholder, joint-venture and public sector/governmental matters.
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.
As well as being APAC Insider’s Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific in both 2016 and 2017, 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 Annual NZ Law Awards in 2012.
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 has mediated the competition final and 2017 feedback from university coaches included; “Fantastic session mostly due to the quality of the mediator. The best mediator I’ve observed in the many sessions since many years at the ICC competition weeks.”
He is appointed to CEDR’s International Mediator Panel.
Active in Asia, Geoff is also a member of Singapore Mediation Centre’s International Panel of Mediators and appointed a SIMC Ambassador in 2017. He is also a member of the National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel. In 2018 he was also appointed a mediation panel member of the Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto which will work closely with the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center.
Prior to committing to a full-time mediation practice a decade ago, Geoff was a litigation partner at Bell Gully, one of New Zealand’s largest national commercial law firms. Before that his early career was at Mallesons, a major Australian commercial firm.
He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand and Australia (NZ High Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, High Court of Australia and the Australian Federal Court) and holds NZ and UK passports.
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.
LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1982
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
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
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
Geoff is a regular contributor to the Kluwer Mediation Blog
Collections of his Articles and Mediation Videos can be found on his website.
- 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)