The 2016 New Zealand Power Lawyer List . .

13. Robert Fisher QC

Robert Fisher QC is regarded as the ‘go to’ mediator by many in the corporate world and

Robert Fisher QC
Robert Fisher QC

has achieved a high profile with his various assignments and writings on evidential, arbitration and related issues.

A former High Court judge, having retired from the bench in 2004, he has applied himself fulltime to his arbitration and mediation practice, as well as serving as an appellate judge in several Pacific states and undertaking government enquiries such as the infamous inquiry into David Bain’s compensation.

As a High Court Judge, a position he achieved in 1989, he was supervising judge of the commercial list, Executive Judge of the Auckland High Court and a divisional member of the NZ Court of Appeal. and chairman of the NZ Rules Committee.

Academically distinguised, with a Doctor of Laws and Fulbright Scholarship, he has handled some of the most significant commercial arbitrations in New Zealand and continues to attract a wide following and busy case load, including relationship property issues and a more recent case involving domain name dispute between two tax refund operations.

Having written widely on a range of legal issues, he also continues to provide articles on matters ranging from how to tell if a witness is lying, to the finer points of arbitration.

A boating, running and tennis afionado and French speaking romantic, Robert (Bob) Fisher is well placed to continue his role as the country’s leading mediator and arbitrator although his place has slipped through pressure on the upper echelons of the Power List and his less prominent role in recent mediation and arbitration work.

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