Chambers UK Bar and UK Mediators 2020
“… Geoff Sharp of Brick Court Chambers operates a truly international mediation practice, and regularly acts in commercial disputes in New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to his domestic work. Clients say: “He is a brilliant mediator: incredibly courteous and insightful, and able to find the blockages that nobody else spots”
Chambers UK 2019
“… really tenacious and determined to look at things from every angle to get the parties to talk” and “he’s really sharp, asks the right questions and knows when to intervene and when to give clients space”
Who’s Who Legal
“truly an international mediator… with sources who report being “very impressed with his knowledge of commercial disputes”
“a leading mediator with clients praising his “engaging manner, charm and intelligence” and has “considerable expertise as a mediator in international commercial conflicts”
“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”
“he enjoys an “exceptional reputation” all over the world. Sharp is one of our most highly recommended practitioners”
Geoff is an international mediator, with a focus on the resolution of cross border commercial disputes in Asia and Europe – with Chambers UK describing him this year as “truly an international mediator”.
Geoff is based at Maxwell Mediators, Singapore and Brick Court Chambers, London and Clifton Chambers, Wellington.
He is ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2020 and is described by Who’s Who Legal as a “mediation megastar”.
Geoff mediates in multiple jurisdictions and has recent experience in mediating insurance, financial sector class actions, country to country commercial disputes, Asian and Middle Eastern oil & gas, energy infrastructure and construction disputes.
In 2019 Geoff conducted mediations in Singapore, Korea, UK, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand and prior to the COVID travel restrictions in early 2020, further mediations in Singapore.
During the pandemic travel restrictions Geoff is available to mediate cross border matters virtually, recently resolving an $83m dispute entirely online.
Earlier this year Geoff was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes where he joins a small group of global mediators and academics having oversight of the UN’s Global Mediation Panel.
Geoff is also a member of Singapore Mediation Center’s International Panel of Mediators and appointed a SIMC Ambassador in 2017.
He is also a member of the National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel. In 2018 he was appointed an inaugural panel member of Japan’s International Mediation Center located in Kyoto and which will work closely with the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative).In November 2019 Geoff was announced by Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center as one of Asia Pacific’s top 10 mediators and he is APAC Insider’s 2019 ‘Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific’ and Lawyer International Legal 100’s ‘Best Commercial Mediator 2019 in the Asia Pacific’
Previously Geoff was a litigation partner at Bell Gully and began his legal career in Melbourne with global law firm King & Wood Mallesons.
He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand and Australia (all NZ Courts, Supreme Court of Victoria, High Court of Australia and the Australian Federal Court).