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Hon. Sir Ian Barker, QC

Sir Ian's reputation as an arbitrator and mediator is grounded in a distinguished legal career. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1958, made silk in 1973 and was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1976 to 1997. On the bench he presided over much major commercial litigation and has made numerous distinguished contributions to the evolution of the New Zealand court system. He was knighted in 1994 for services to the law. He was the Judge in charge of the Commercial List from 1987 to 1997.

Sir Ian recalls that he was first exposed to mediation at a Judges’ Conference in 1995 “Several Australian LEADR people, led by the late Gaire Blunt, offered a simulated mediation to a somewhat sceptical audience. I thought at the time that here was a useful addition to the dispute resolution armoury which had great potential.” Since then, Sir Ian has gone on to conduct many commercial arbitrations and mediations. He has taken on major appointments both here and abroad and has delivered papers at numerous conferences and written articles on a wide variety of legal and ADR topics.

Sir Ian was Patron of LEADR in New Zealand since 1997 and has become patron of Resolution Institute since 1 January 2015.