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International Kudos for Kiwi Arbitrators

  • 15 January 2015

Two New Zealand arbitrators are among the five leading solicitors to feature in the new Queen’s Counsel list in England and Wales.

Wendy Miles, a graduate of the University of Canterbury, recently moved to the US-headquartered firm Boies Schiller & Flexner as head of international arbitration in London after 15 years with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Audley Sheppard, a graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington and now a partner at Clifford Chance, is the other New Zealander to have just become a QC.

Mr Sheppard is a former New Zealand Member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Arbitration Commission, and currently serves as vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Both Ms Miles and Mr Sheppard featured in the National Business Review’s recent list of the country’s leading arbitrators.

A number of arbitration specialists who are barristers have also become QCs.

The abundance of new QCs working in this area underscores its growing work in helping settle large, international disputes, Deborah Hart, the Executive Director of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand says.

“The fact that two of the five solicitors to be named QCs are New Zealanders says a lot about our growing international stature.

“With such respected arbitrators and arbitration specialists, as well as New Zealand's reputation for fairness, the country is better placed than ever to enlarge its activity in this lucrative international market.”

The latest appointments follow last year's successful joint New Zealand-Australian bid to hold the International Council for Commercial Arbitration in this region in 2018 and just a month before the ICC and AMINZ International Arbitration Day in Auckland, February 18, 2015.

Ms Miles will also be a keynote presenter at the 2015 AMINZ conference, to be held in Wellington, July 23-25.