Pro Bono.


From 1994-1998, through the law firm he then worked for, Mark was involved in the provision of pro bono services to the Mangere Community Law Centre.

Mark maintained a personal pro bono commitment to the Otara Citizens’ Advice Bureau from the mid-90’s to 2022.

From 2007-2014 he was a trustee (with responsibility for finance) on the board of a decile one school in East Tamaki.

From 2017-2019 he was a selector for Gymsports New Zealand (selecting athletes for Commonwealth Games and World Championships).

Mark was an AMINZ Councillor from 2015 to 2022, and President from 2020-2022. He championed various diversity, educational, and collegial support initiatives in these roles.

He ran marathons to fundraise for the charity Catwalk in 2015 (Dunedin) and 2019 (Auckland).


Mark continues to be involved in diversity initiatives with AMINZ, including supervising the AMINZ Scholarships programme.

He mediates for the New Zealand Law Society Lawyers Complaints Service without charge, and undertakes other pro/low bono mediations.

On the back of his Canterbury Earthquake Sequence mediation experience, Mark has been an advocate for the creation of a mediation scheme in advance of future natural disasters. He has undertaken research, speaking engagements and advisory work in this regard.

Since August 2019, Mark has funded the planting of one native tree for each participant in his mediations, through Trees That Count.

He has been involved in various other charitable and pro bono work.

Mark Kelly Commercial Mediator Pro Bono Work
“Mark can communicate with all types of disputants and adversaries and genuinely believes in the worth of and primacy of mediation. He is able to move debate and guide negotiations along, both around the main table and in the break-out rooms, drawing on his match-fit mediator skills, particularly natural charm and humour.”