Session 2

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Session 2: How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations? 


11:15 - 12:45 pm

Anna Quinn (Moderator) has over 20 years of experience in mediation ranging from community to commercial. She is a Resolution Institute Fellow and mediation trainer, and has lectured at Auckland University Law School, including acting as co-coach for the Auckland team competing at the ICC Mediation Competition in 2014. Anna trains for the Institute of Judicial Studies and has delivered regular workshops to NZ law firms. Prior to moving into mediation Anna spent a decade practicing as a commercial litigator in NZ and London.


Paul Hutcheson originally graduated from Auckland University with a law degree. He worked in a variety of positions before focussing on mediation which involved a move to the United States. Paul completed a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution at Denver University and interned at the prestigious CDR mediation organisation in Boulder, Colorado. After several years of lecturing in dispute resolution at Massey University and working as a senior Mediator with what was the Department of Labour, Paul for the past eight years has practised nationwide as an independent Mediator/Facilitator. With the experience of over 5000 mediations he provides specialist assistance to the more challenging workplace, civil and commercial disputes.


Justice Venning completed a double major B Comm in 1978 at the University of Canterbury followed by an LLB (1st Class Hons) in 1981. From 1982 to 1986 he tutored part-time in commercial law at the University. He became a litigation partner at the Christchurch law firm of Wynn Williams and Co in 1986. He was appointed a master of the High Court in 1995 based in Christchurch. He subsequently moved to Auckland in November 2002 to take up a position as a High Court judge. Justice Venning was a member of the High Court Rules Committee from 1999 – 2005, a member of the Council of Legal Education from 2004 – May 2015 (Chair from March 2010) and served two terms as the list judge in the Auckland High Court.  Justice Venning was appointed Chief High Court Judge with effect from 1 June 2015.


Liz Fife is an insurance professional working in the cutting edge of dispute resolution with the Canterbury rebuild.   Liz recently obtained accreditation as a mediator.   Working in the Litigated Claims, Liz is responsible for the practical application of real-life settlement approaches.  While Liz applies dynamic strategies and deals with technically complex projects with a network of experts, Liz's ethos is to never forget that the customer's remain at the heart of any settlement process.    


Andrew Scott-Howman was an employment law partner at Bell Gully between 2003 and 2008, following which he was a partner in the Crown Solicitor's Office in Wellington from 2009 to 2012. He went to the independent bar in February 2012. He has represented clients in a wide variety of industries and has advised private sector employers, Crown Entities, individual employees and unions. He has particular expertise in mediation, and has acted as advocate at all levels (including the Employment Relations Authority, the High Court, the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal).

Allison Alcasabas.jpgGrant Morris is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington.  He joined the Faculty in 2002 after working as a negotiator for the Office of Treaty Settlements.  His research and teaching specialty areas are New Zealand legal history and negotiation and mediation.  Grant is the author of "Law Alive: The NZ Legal System in Context" (OUP), "Prendergast: Legal Villain?" (VUP) and numerous articles and chapters.  Recently Grant has been exploring the nature of the NZ commercial mediation market and the styles of mediation used in NZ employment disputes.  Grant is the recipient of a Victoria University 'Excellence in Teaching' Award.  He is an accredited mediator with the Resolution Institute.  Grant helped to create the SibSupportNZ programme to support young people with disabled siblings and has been the lead facilitator for this programme since 1997.  In 2015 he served as the academic representative on the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution Advisory Group.


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