About

CaptureGeoff Sharp is a commercial mediator working in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region (particularly Singapore) and the Middle East.

He is a member of London’s Brick Court Chambers  joining commercial mediators Tony Willis, Bill Wood QC, Stephen Ruttle QC and John Sturrock QC as a door tenant in one of the leading sets of barristers’ chambers in London.

While remaining based in New Zealand for much of the working year, Geoff uses Brick Court for offshore mediation projects and is delighted to be associated with some of Europe’s busiest and most recognised mediators. Geoff usually spends a couple of months a year at Brick Court in addition to visits for specific mediations.

Geoff was voted inaugural New Zealand Mediator of the Year by the NZ legal profession at the 2012/2013 Law Awards.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Geoff is included in Who’s Who Legal Global Top 10 Mediators with selection based upon independent survey of both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. In 2016 he is included in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Mediation Thought Leaders.

“one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent mediators” and possesses “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East and 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”.

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”.

IMG_5224Geoff was named Best Asia Pacific Commercial Mediator two years running for 2016 and 2017 by APAC Insider Magazine

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). Known as a mediator who can connect with parties in conflict, Geoff has been engaged by many of New Zealand’s leading law firms dealing with contentious matters at one time or another as well as many corporates and government agencies.

Click here for a selection of the types of disputes that Geoff has been involved as mediator.

Geoff is a member of ICC’s Mediation Rules Task Force and for the past three years 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 2012 he was honoured to mediate the competition final (video here).

He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the IBA/VIAC sponsored Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition held in Vienna each year.

Combining commercial practice with academic life, in 2016 Geoff is teaching mediation at Victoria University Law School’s LLM course and has also participated in Bond University’s Distinguished Practitioner in Residence program. He is a member of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute in The Hague currently setting global mediator credentialing standards. He is an IMI Certified Mediator.

Geoff has a particular connection with Asia and Singapore in particular. He is a member of Singapore Mediation Centre’s International Panel of Mediators (SMC), Singapore International Mediation Centre Panel of Mediators (SIMC) and also the Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel of the National Electricity Market of Singapore. Geoff is also a member of CEDR’s (UK) International Mediator Network.

Geoff is a barrister admitted in New Zealand and Australia having a law degree from Victoria University of  Wellington and will be teaching mediation there as part of VUW’s LLM program in 2016. He is an accredited mediator in Australia under the Australian National Mediator Standards and in New Zealand he is a member of the advanced mediation panels of both LEADR and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.

Geoff has trained mediators and lawyers in New Zealand, Samoa and 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, including being engaged to establish the Weathertight Mediation Panel in response to NZ’s leaky building crisis.

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, where he spent 15 enjoyable years. Before that his early career was at what is now King & Wood Mallesons where he was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court and Federal Court of Australia.

Updated June 2016