Monthly Archives: July 2016

John Walton in LawFuel’s 2016 list of arbitrators to watch

Legal publisher, LawFuel, has released its 2016 list of arbitration stars – John Walton has been listed as an “up-and-comer” or one to watch, along with former Solicitor-General Mike Heron QC, NZDRC’s John Green, rural specialist Ranald Gordon, Chapman Tripp’s Daniel Kalderimis and Russell McVeagh’s Sally Fitzgerald.

It’s an illustrious list. 


John Walton elected as President of AMINZ

I am delighted (and flattered, to be honest) to be elected as President of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, unopposed for the next two years.

I have been fulfilling the role since December 2015, when I was appointed by the Council of AMINZ following the resignation of the previous President, David Patten.  My election reflects the support of the general membership of the Institute in my appointment, for which I am honoured and extremely grateful.

Congratulations also to my colleague at Bankside ChambersRoyden Hindle, on his election as Vice-President (also unopposed).

There are considerable challenges, and corresponding opportunities, for private dispute resolution in the years ahead, not least the growing importance of mediation, the current construction boom and increasing availability and reliance on international dispute resolution.  AMINZ is also co-hosting the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress in Sydney in 2018, following which AMINZ will host the AMINZ-ICCA International Arbitration Day in Queenstown, immediately following the Sydney event.

I am honoured to be working with my colleagues on Council and with the AMINZ Executive; I am confident we will maintain the position of AMINZ as the pre-eminent professional body for mediators and arbitrators in New Zealand and in the region, and we will work hard to promote the services of our members and to provide opportunities for them.