Session 4

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Session 4: Promoting Better Access to Justice: What Action Items Should be Considered a​nd by Whom? 


15:30 - 17:00 pm

Linda ClarkLinda Clark (Moderator) - Formerly one of New Zealand's leading political journalists, Linda is Special Counsel in the Kensington Swan public law and litigation team.  She has a unique combination of legal and communications skills, together with an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand political environment.  Linda manages complex legal, political, and regulatory relationships, bringing together legal, government relations, and strategic communications skills to deliver practical solutions to public law and regulatory issues. Linda is an experienced public speaker and MC. 


Since completing the LEADR course in the early 1990s, Denise Evans has been involved in many mediations which have involved Employment, Commercial Property, Relationship Property, Protection of Personal and Property Rights, Children's care and contact, Shareholder disputes, Trust and Estate matters. Denise is currently employed by FairWay as a Senior Resolution Practitioner and leads the Commercial and Private Dispute Resolution Scheme. She joined FairWay Resolution first as a contractor providing advice in the development of the Family Dispute Resolution Service which is now delivered by FairWay. She later became the Scheme Director of this service.  Denise is part of the faculty for the NZLS/CLE Massey University Mediation for Lawyers, and a Fellow of AMINZ and has a Master's Degree in Management (Conflict Resolution).


Daniel Kalderimis is a commercial litigation partner at Chapman Tripp and leads the firm's international arbitration practice.  He is ranked as a leading individual for dispute resolution by Legal 500, which describes him as "a sharp, skilled advocate" (2017) who is "excellent in landmark cases" (2016).  Daniel has particular expertise in cross-border dispute resolution.  He is the only New Zealand firm practitioner listed in the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, which describes him as "exceptional; very smart guy and a really excellent advocate" (2017).  He is admitted in New Zealand, New York and England and Wales (where he is a solicitor-advocate).  Daniel is also an adjunct lecturer at VUW Law School.

Ian Macduff is a Teaching Fellow, Centre for ICT Law at Auckland Law School. He was, until June 2016, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Initiative at Singapore Management University. He has been a practising mediator for over 30 years, in commercial, environmental, policy, intercultural, family, online mediation and other fields. He is a member of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation); and a member of the IMI's Task Force on Intercultural Mediation accreditation, a member of the Global Organising Committee of the Global Pound Conference series, and a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution [http://odr.info/fellows/]. He is co-editor of Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in South and South East Asia (Sage, 2003); contributing author of Dispute Resolution in New Zealand (OUP 1999), and of Guidelines for Family Mediation (Butterworths, 1995) and contributing author to An Asian Perspective on Mediation. He is editor of Essays on Mediation: Dealing with Disputes in the 21st Century, (Kluwer 2016)

Caroline Holden brings wide experience in the legal and policy arenas and unbounded enthusiasm to her role as Director of the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution (GCDR). She has worked in a wide variety of roles across a number of government agencies. She has a strong interest in cross-government collaboration and co-ordination. The GCDR provides an opportunity to bring all this together and to drive the work of the team forward with a steady hand.


Kathryn Beck is the current President of the New Zealand Law Society.  She was elected to the position in 2016 having served as Vice President of the Law Society and as a Council member of the Auckland branch of the Law Society. Kathryn specialises in employment, health and education law.  She has had more than 25 years' experience in the New Zealand legal community and advises a range of entities, from large corporates to charitable organisations.  Kathryn also acts as a mediator and facilitator. She is based in Auckland and is a partner in a specialist employment law firm.


Katherine Anderson
 is a senior lawyer with extensive private and public law experience.  In 2007 Katherine joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as an advisor to the Prime Minister, serving Prime Ministers Clark and Key.  During her time with DPMC she was a member of the Officials Committee supporting the Cabinet Domestic Policy Committee and an ex officio member of both the Legislation Advisory Committee and the Legislation Design Committee.

In 2011 she moved to the New Zealand Police representing it in the Pike River Royal Commission and later joining Police's Executive Team as General Manager: Policy, Performance and Legal. In 2013 Katherine was appointed as a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal. Katherine joined Auckland Council as a member of its Executive Team in February 2014 leading the delivery of Legal Services and Risk Management (including insurance).  She will shortly be joining the Anthony Harper partnership as a Litigation Partner and Public Law Specialist.


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