COMMERCIAL MEDIATOR

Mediating commercial disputes since 1997
New Zealand       United Kingdom       Asia Pacific

COVID – I am fully vaccinated and my practice is to take a Rapid Antigen Test before an in-person mediation as a courtesy to those participating – and while I don’t insist on it, I encourage others to do likewise
 » Geoff’s International Schedule available here
» Geoff is back in New Zealand after the successful launch of Maxwell Mediators in Singapore, emphasising a continuing focus on Asia, and a year of mediation work in all NZ centres, London, Zurich, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney
» Chambers UK “Really tenacious and determined to look at things from every angle to get the parties to talk”… “He’s really sharp, asks the right questions, and knows when to intervene and when to give clients space”
Who’s Who Legal “he is a mediation megastar, hugely experienced and brings years of knowledge to each mediation” possessing “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East” and “distinguished by peers as a “stellar” mediator and “one of the best” in the field”
» Chambers UK “Has a truly international mediation practice, acting in commercial disputes in New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, as well as domestically. Clients say: “He is a brilliant mediator, who is incredibly courteous and insightful. He was able to find the blockage and achieve the impossible”
» Who’s Who Legal names as the foremost mediation set at the UK Bar
» Voted one of Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre’s top mediators in Asia in 2020 here
» For ONLINE mediation please email for my information sheet or click my Online Mediation Page
» IBA Investor-State Mediation Rules provide legal framework for mediation of Investor-State claims
» Geoff again wins APAC Insider’s Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific
» Connect with Geoff on LinkedIn
» Geoff Sharp, Bill Wood and Lim Tat establish Maxwell Mediators in Singapore

good commercial mediators...

settle 80%+ of their cases
respect and protect the positions of all participants
do not interfere with the trial process

… and somehow manage to help settle cases without leaving a bad taste in anyone’s mouth

my approach

My aim is to conduct mediations in a way that complements the litigation process and to be known as a proactive mediator who adds value to the negotiation process, able to connect and assist unyielding parties to settle the most difficult and contentious of cases – and to never give up

I use a mixture of online and in-person mediation and once we have settled intake matters, I like to meet parties online for private discussions with client participation to increase the likelihood that we will move more quickly into productive negotiations on mediation day

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mediation online

I am confident that I can continue to make mediation work for you and your clients in these difficult times. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about mediating online … or go to Geoff Sharp VIRTUAL because with international and possibly domestic  in-person dispute resolution disrupted for some time to come, online mediation is an important channel to keep commercial disputes moving

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What Others Say

“… really tenacious and determined to look at things from every angle to get the parties to talk” “he’s really sharp, asks the right questions and knows when to intervene and when to give clients space.” … “ a truly international mediation practice. He is a brilliant mediator, who is incredibly courteous and insightful. He was able to find the blockage and achieve the impossible” … “tenacious in his pursuit of a settlement…”

“You remain by a very long distance much the best mediator I ever worked with”

A London QC

Essex Court Chambers


“He is a mediation megastar, hugely experienced and brings years of knowledge to each mediation” : “one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent mediators” : “vast experience mediating in Asia and the Middle East” … “distinguished by peers as a “stellar” mediator and “one of the best” in the field”

Geoff Sharp was a co-mediator in a very sensitive mediation involving two sovereign states. He handled the mediation with remarkable skill and sensitivity and quickly gained the trust and confidence of my clients. I would not hesitate to recommend as in the first rank of mediators practising in London.

A London QC

2018

A world-class mediator, with charm and determination in spades, who we are delighted to see now making his mark in London. There are few, if any, better at it than Geoff. We are privileged to have him as a colleague.

Bill Wood QC

Brick Court, London, 2018

… without your expertise and especially your ability to keep people connected into a fluid and at times fractious dialogue, a result would not have been found.

Ross Knight

Partner, Auckland, 2018

Contact Geoff

Please get in touch. Your questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome.

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