Mark Kelly - Barrister & Commercial Mediator

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Commercial Mediation

Mediation is a highly effective method for achieving timely, cost-efficient and practical solutions to commercial and civil disputes.

Mark completed the Mediating Disputes course at Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and an AMINZ Council member. Mark is also a Resolution Institute-trained and accredited mediator.

He is on mediation panels for AMINZ, the Health and Disability Commission, the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre, the New Zealand Law Society Lawyers Complaints Service, and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.

He is an appointee on the World Intellectual Property Organisation Center’s List of Mediators. The WIPO Center is administered from Geneva, Switzerland, and facilitates the resolution of IP disputes worldwide.

He has successfully mediated disputes involving: company, construction, contract, earthquake, education, employment, finance, insurance, intellectual property, negligence, partnership, property, relationship property, rural, sexual harassment, trust and weathertightness issues. He has worked with local and international parties.

Mark was the winner of the Resolution Institute's 2015 award for contribution to dispute resolution by an emerging practitioner. In 2016 he was recognised as one of the top 10 mediators in New Zealand by LawFuel. He was also awarded the AMINZ Ann Edge Memorial Award for Excellence in Fellowship Mediation and the Fellowship Mediation Prize.

Agreement to mediate

Parties are welcome to use the agreement to mediate linked below.

Agreement to mediate

Terms of engagement

Mark's terms of engagement are linked below.

Terms of engagement


Mark's fees as a mediator are:

  • A standard rate of $6,250 plus G.S.T. for a full-day mediation, including preliminary steps; or

  • $5,000 plus G.S.T. for a full-day mediation relating to earthquake insurance issues, including preliminary steps; or

  • Such fee as may be agreed in advance in relation to mediations of shorter or longer duration and/or panel-generated mediations.

Mark is based in Auckland, but does not charge travel time or costs for mediations in other New Zealand centres.

Mark is also happy to discuss pro bono matters.

Venues & teleconferences

Mark can accommodate smaller mediations at his chambers, with break-out space.

Parties can otherwise arrange their own venue for a mediation, or assistance can be provided. The Arbitration and Mediation Centre is a recommended option in Auckland.

Mark can facilitate teleconferences as required.

Getting started

Contact Mark to discuss available dates and to check any conflicts.