Kate Wiseman

Present Position

I am a barrister, mediator and FLA arbitrator, employed by Hon Robert Fisher QC.

Professional Experience

I completed my first mediation training in 1999, have been an Associate of AMINZ since 2008 and have worked in dispute resolution since 2010.

I completed a LLB(Hons) in 2014 and was admitted to the bar in 2015. Since then I have practiced as a barrister as well as mediator, specialising in trust and family financial law amid a more general civil practice. Where possible I prefer to help clients settle disputes out of Court, but I am glad the Courts are there to provide resolution when settlement is not possible. I have experience in the District, Family and High Courts as well as the Court of Appeal. I am a member of the AMINZ FLA Arbitrator List.

Career Summary

I worked in the commercial world for 20 years prior to moving to dispute resolution. I enjoyed a variety of roles during my business career, including management, marketing and sales. I have been a company director, a small business owner and an exporter. The work I did, particularly a long term role in business research, gave me insight into a wide range of industries, including manufacturing; primary industry (steel, mining, farming and aquaculture); professional and other services; advertising and marketing; FMCG; and building & construction.


I am the co-author of the Professional Responsibility in New Zealand(LexisNexis, Wellington) chapters on the professional responsibility obligations of mediators (Chapter 25) and arbitrators (Chapter 24).

Since becoming a dispute resolution professional I have presented to legal and dispute resolution conferences and seminars, including for AMINZ and the Criminal Bar Association. During my business career I regularly presented to many, varied business groups and companies.

Personal Summary

I am Chair of the Parnell Trust, a large charitable trust providing community services to a broad spectrum of society. I previously served six years on a school Board of Trustees and co-founded a heritage society. I have four teenage/young adult children.


I completed both my BCom and LLB(Hons) at the University of Auckland.

I have had formal mediation training at the the Mediation Training Centre in 1999 and through the first year of the Massey University Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) in 2008.