Andrew Skelton

Present Position

Barrister, Capital Chambers

Professional Experience

Andrew is a barrister sole with over 25 years experience as a civil litigator in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Andrew's practice is principally in the areas of building and construction and property-related disputes, insurance disputes, company/shareholder disputes, disciplinary proceedings and sports disputes.

Andrew is available for appointment as an arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator and Dispute Review Board member throughout New Zealand and overseas. Andrew is also available for engagement as counsel in arbitrations, adjudications and mediations.

In addition to his experience as counsel in court proceedings at first instance and appellate levels, Andrew has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. He is a Principal Arbitrator and Adjudicator for the Building Disputes Tribunal, a member of the AMINZ Arbitration Panel and Adjudicators List and a LEADR-qualified mediator.

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Career Summary

2013 to date - Barrister, Capital Chambers

1999 to 2012 - Partner, Kensington Swan based in Wellington; lead partner in Wellington advocacy practice between 2005 and 2012

1993 to 1995 - Solicitor, Masons, London (now Pinsent Masons)


Numerous appointments as an arbitrator and adjudicator

Associate AMINZ, 2008; AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators, 2015; AMINZ Adjudicators List, 2015; Principal Arbitrator and Adjudicator, Building Disputes Tribunal 2013; Faculty Member NZLS Litigation Skills Course 2005 to date; Faculty Member NZLS Expert Witness Programme 2014 to date; Board Member NZLS Continuing Legal Education Limited 2008 to 2013 (now an advisor to the Board); Chair of Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust 2012 to date; Rowing New Zealand Selection Ombudsman 2013 to date


"The Tender Process Rights and Wrongs: Getting it Wrong" (paper prepared for Society of Construction Law Conference, August 2015)

"Restitution for Wrongs" (paper presented with Tim Mullins as part of Issues in Unjust Enrichment Intensive for New Zealand Law Society, July 2014)

"Concurrent Delay Demystified" (paper presented to the New Zealand Society of Construction Law, Auckland and Wellington, October 2013)

"Summary Judgment and Arbitration: The Contest between Pragmatism and Principle", (paper presented with Daniel Kalderimis to the AMINZ-IAMA Conference, Auckland, July 2013)

"Section 9 Contractual Remedies Act 1979" (paper presented to New Zealand Law Society Current Issues in Remedies Intensive, Auckland and Wellington, March 2010)

"Breach of Contract for the Sale and Purchase of Land: Rights and Remedies" (paper presented to Lexis Nexis Property Market Symposium, Auckland, July 2008)

Restitution and Contract (Mansfield Press, Oxford, 1998)

Speciality Areas

Building and Construction

Property including lease and sale and purchase agreement disputes and rent reviews

Company/shareholder disputes

Insurance disputes

Professional disciplinary matters

Sports disputes (contract disputes, selection and drug issues)