Robert Fisher QC

Present Position

I am in full-time practice as an arbitrator and mediator with my own office and staff in downtown Auckland.

Professional Experience

From 1966 to 2004 I was successively a barrister and solicitor, barrister sole, Queen's Counsel and High Court Judge. During that period my experience lay mainly in advocacy and judging, litigation strategy, evidence, procedure, commercial law, intellectual property, maritime law, jurisprudence, and relationship property.

Since leaving the NZ High Court in 2004 my focus has been the study and practice of mediation and arbitration. I have conducted several hundred mediations and arbitrations, mainly in commercial, civil, contract, deceased estates, rent review, land valuation and relationship property disputes.

I have also continued with a number of part-time judicial or semi-judicial positions including the Samoa Court of Appeal, the Cook Islands Court of Appeal, the Kiribati Court of Appeal, the Tuvalu Court of Appeal, the Auckland University of Technology (Disciplinary Appeal Authority), Expert for domain name disputes (NZ Domain Name Commissioner), and Expert for domain name disputes (Council of Country Code Administrators).


Following my appointment to the High Court in 1989 I held positions as Chairman of the NZ Rules Committee, Supervising Judge of the Commercial List, Executive Judge of the Auckland High Court, Senior Judge of the Auckland High Court, and divisional member of the NZ Court of Appeal. In 2005 I was appointed Special Adviser to the Parliamentary Select Committee reporting on the Evidence Act 2006. Further biographical details are available at


I have published and lectured on mediation, arbitration, relationship property, evidence, procedure, intellectual property, maritime law, jurisprudence, advocacy and litigation strategy. For a list of publications click here.


I studied at Victoria University of Wellington, Southampton University, London University and the Federal Judicial Center, Washington DC. My qualifications and appointments include Doctor of Laws (1984), Queens Counsel (1985) and Fulbright Scholar (1994).