Contractual Adjudication Webinar

Find out more about this new dispute resolution process designed by NZDRC and NZIAC with cost and time efficiency in mind.

Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Professional Development: 1 CPD Hour


About this event:

The ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre) has introduced a new alternative dispute resolution process, Contractual Adjudication. This process is delivered domestically in New Zealand through the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre and internationally through the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre.

Contractual Adjudication offers a proportionate and fast-track dispute resolution process with the primary purpose of improving cashflow, whilst providing quick and relatively inexpensive access to justice, alleviating pressure on the Courts.

Importantly it also provides parties with a procedural option that is effective and efficient, allowing them to find a resolution to their dispute and move forward as quickly as possible. Based on the successful statutory adjudication scheme which has become the predominant forum for dispute resolution in the construction industry over the last 20 years, contractual adjudication provides a private, proportionate, effective and efficient alternative dispute resolution process, for a wide range of disputes.


Join us for this educational webinar to find out more about this new dispute resolution process.

In this webinar, we will outline the following

  • What is Contractual Adjudication
  • Who can use the process
  • How to engage in the process

Who should attend?

  • Barristers
  • Lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Alternative dispute resolution practitioners
  • Anyone interested in pursuing a dispute out of court

About the Presenters:

Warwick Smith


Warwick Smith is an arbitrator and mediator with over 40 years of experience in the litigation and dispute resolution industry. His professional experience includes a wide array of civil and commercial dispute resolution work – initially as an advocate, and later as an arbitrator, tribunal member, mediator and settlement conference convenor, and judge. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and later completed a Master of Laws degree at University College London.

Warwick was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1974. He initially practised as a litigation solicitor in Dunedin, but moved to Auckland to take up a litigation position in 1976. In 1981, he joined the firm of Alexander Bennett (later Earl Kent Alexander Bennett) as a litigation partner, and from 1989 he was a litigation partner at Chapman Tripp. He moved to the independent bar in 2000, joining the chambers that later became known as Bankside Chambers. He remained a member of Bankside Chambers till he was appointed to the bench. He was appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court of New Zealand in January 2014.

Warwick has recently retired from the bench, and has resumed his private practice as an out-of-court dispute resolution professional. Warwick has been a Fellow member of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand since 2001, and he had considerable experience resolving disputes before he was appointed to the bench. That experience included acting as a Domain Name panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), where he completed over 150 domain name decisions (including 15 as chair of 3-member international panels), and acting as an Expert for the New Zealand Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service. In addition, he was a member of the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand in 2012 and 2013, and an Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, and Plant Variety Rights for New Zealand in 2013.

    Royden Hindle


    Royden is an experienced commercial arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator. He was a litigation partner at Simpson Grierson before moving to the bar in 1996. He became an AMINZ Fellow in 2001, and was awarded the Sir Ronald Davison Award for excellence in Award Writing in the 2001 Fellowship Assessment Programme.

    Between 2002 and 2011 Royden chaired the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

    Since returning to practice he has been engaged as an arbitrator in a wide variety of commercial matters. He also regularly acts as an adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and as Chair or member of a number of ad hoc and institutional Tribunals. Royden has taught Dispute Resolution at AUT University at both undergraduate and graduate levels since 2014.

    He is a member of both the Mediation and Arbitration Panels of AMINZ, is a Principal Arbitrator, Evaluator & Mediator with the New Zealand Disputes Resolution Centre, and an RI-accredited mediator. Royden is the past President of AMINZ, and its Director of Professional Studies.

      Catherine Green

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      Catherine has her own private practice as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator taking appointments with respect to both commercial and construction disputes. She is also the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC) as well as its related domestic registry services which cover a full spectrum of commercial, building and construction, and family and relationship disputes.

      Prior to specialising in the design and delivery of private dispute resolution processes, Catherine practised as a commercial litigator both onshore and offshore in New Zealand, London, and the Cayman Islands, gaining extensive experience in a wide range of matters, involving fraud, insolvency, contractual, financial services, tax avoidance and regulatory issues.



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