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Geoff Sharp



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New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom
English
Mediation Profile

Who’s Who Global Mediation Thought Leaders
Who’s Who Legal 2017

Winner: Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia Pacific Region
APAC Insider Legal Awards (both 2016 & 2017)

Appointed: Senior International Mediation Expert for the Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Centre
HKJMC April 2017

Who’s Who Legal 2013 – 2017:

Geoff is regularly included in Who’s Who Global Top 10 Mediators and “in high demand for his practice covering the Asia-Pacific region”

“He is a mediation megastar, hugely experienced and brings years of knowledge to each mediation” and “one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent mediators” possessing “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East”

“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”

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”

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 in 2016.

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 Top 10 Mediators in the World 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 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.

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 law 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.

Recent Mediation Sample Aviation; 1. Air New Zealand Link Cabin Crew collective agreement 2. Air New Zealand Wide Body Engineering Plant (ANZES) contracting out issue Franchise ; National chain franchisor/ee dispute re franchisor support Sport ; 2005 NPC Rugby Competition intellectual property issue Gold Mining; Remedial works to land post mining/ Resource Management Act obligations Wine Industry; 1. A dispute over quality of harvest - disease and brix levels 2. Sale of winery – misrepresentation of production figures etc 3. Termination of a management contract of a South Island vineyard owned by a consortium of investors 4. South Island winery distribution contract in the USA - termination for cause Energy Sector; 1. Facilitation of agreement over a gas pricing mechanism 2. Mediation of issues under interconnect agreements between a GeneratorCo and LinesCo Marine; 1. Dispute over size of a mussel farm sold. Consideration of GPS coordinates and other technical matters 2. Fish quota advice dispute 3. Boatbuilding workmanship – insurers, boat builders, owner and supplier of materials Joint Venture; Renegotiating a joint enterprise agreement and restructuring of equity following problems between joint venturers IT/Software; 1. Dispute over ownership of software – levels of contribution to development and entitlement to subsequent profits 2. Multi million dollar system project and consulting contract dispute Building & Commercial Property 1. Various stand alone and multi-unit building disputes – construction defects 2. Landlord/lessee dispute over payment for upgrade of sprinkler system in a public sporting amenity 3. Dispute over air conditioning system of a large public building between owner, supplier/installer and manufacturer 4. Design budget dispute 5. Multi million $ claim for building defects/water ingress - 2 plaintiffs, 10 defendants, 4 third parties 6. Re-entry

Known as a mediator who can connect with parties in conflict, Geoff has been engaged by many of leading law firms dealing with contentious matters as well as many corporates and government agencies. "My aim is to conduct the mediation in a manner that complements the litigation process and I hope my reputation is as a proactive mediator who adds value to the negotiation and who is able to assist unyielding parties to settle the most difficult and contentious cases"
Commercial Mediation - all areas.

See Geoff's current engagement terms at http://www.geoffsharp.co.nz

1. Geoff is a barrister admitted to the courts of Australia and New Zealand. He is member of Brick Court Chambers (London) and Clifton Chambers (Wellington). 2. Geoff has been honoured as the first New Zealander to be named LEADR's Australasian fellow. Previous LEADR Fellows include Australian Federal Court Judge, The Honourable Tony Fitzgerald QC, Tom Howe QC, Professor Laurence Boulle and MATA founder Joanna Kalowski. The role of Fellow is to act as an ambassador and to represent ADR to the community and to government in Australasia. 3. Geoff is accredited by LEADR Australia to the Australian National Mediation Standards. 4. In April 2008 Geoff was invited to join Europe's new International Mediation Institute as an Independent Standards Commissioner and then in early 2009 he became a vice chair of IMI's ISC. 5. Who’s Who list Geoff as one of 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators globally - Who's Who is a global publication with selection based upon independent survey of both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide; “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” "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"

Training and Education

Geoff has received extensive mediation training over the last 15 years including Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University, California; various courses in New Zealand and Australia, International Academy of Mediators conferences

Geoff has trained mediators and lawyers in New Zealand, Samoa and the Cook Islands, Australia, USA, Europe, United Arab Emerites, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand and has consulted widely to the New Zealand Government on aspects of public sector mediation, including being engaged to establish the Weathertight Mediation Panel in response to NZ's leaky building crisis. Geoff is a member of ICC's Mediation Rules Task Force and since 2011 has been invited onto the faculty of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, the only moot devoted to international commercial mediation and held in Paris every year. In Particular; 1. 2012 – present; engaged by the New Zealand Law Society to teach lawyers about mediation – 3 courses per year in conjunction with Massey University, New Zealand. 2. 2011 – present; member of the faculty of the International Chamber Of Commerce Commercial Mediation Competition held in Paris annually – he mediated the final in 2012 3. 2014 - teaching lawyers about mediation in the Cook Islands 4. In 2008 Geoff joined the visiting faculty of California's Pepperdine University Law School for the Annual Summer Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution for mediators. Pepperdine University is/has been ranked #1 dispute resolution graduate school in the USA. Geoff taught 'Mediating The Complex Case: An Emphasis on Process Design, Party Management, and Insurance Coverage' 5. Geoff has been a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Queensland's Bond University Faculty of Law where he taught a program, talked to faculty and took part in the intellectual life of the law school for a brief time 6. June/July 2006 - requested by the Malaysian Government (Justice Ministry – Biro Bantuan Guaman) to train Malaysian government mediators and advise on implementing its legal aid mediation project.

Publications

Please visit articles Geoff has written at his website; http://geoffsharp.co.nz/articles/ Also, he is one of several authors at the Kluwer Mediation Blog; http://kluwermediationblog.com/

Compliance

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process : https://imimediation.org/professional-conduct-assessment-process

A copy of Geoff's current mediator’s indemnity liability insurance policy (AON) is available on request. The renewal date is 1 October each year.

Contact
Geoff
Sharp
Geoff Sharp
+44 (0) 20 7379 3550
Commercial Mediator
Brick Court Chambers, London
Brick Court Chambers
7/8 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3LD
United Kingdom