The neutrality and independence of New Zealand, coupled with top quality communications and adherence to international dispute protocols, ensure an ideal venue for arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution.
Our special consultancy bridges the gulf between technical and lay language. However technical or scientific the problem, we will express your views in plain words. A network of highly qualified professionals is at your disposal.
Assessment and drafting of Domain Name dispute cases, for either Complainant or Defendant.
Areas of Dispute Resolution
Medical Science & Technology
Health & Safety
DNA & Genetic Engineering
Domain Names, Internet Trade
Education & Training
Intellectual Property, Professional Misconduct, Plagiarism
Environment, Pollution, Biosphere, Biotechnology
Antiques, Authenticity & Valuation
Travel, Accommodation, Aviation
Choose Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is mainly by Arbitration or Mediation. Negotiation and presentation of your position are also available. Arbitration is a professional procedure under the Arbitration Act 1996. The major advantages of Arbitration over Court action include:
Privacy and Confidentiality. Arbitration proceedings are private and no person may be present without the permission of the parties. The proceedings are not reported. An exception can arise if the Award is later challenged in the High Court.
Domain Name Disputes are resolved differently and Adjudications are published. To see a typical Adjudication, click here.
Choice of Arbitrator. Unlike proceedings in Court, the parties choose their own Arbitrator and can select a person with an expert ability to understand the evidence. Usually a single arbitrator is chosen jointly by the parties. If they cannot agree, there have to be three Arbitrators: one appointed by each side and a third appointed by the Arbitrators. The Arbitrators appointed by each side are not advocates for one side, but are required to act as neutral Arbitrators.
Speed. Arbitration can proceed much faster than Court action, provided the parties are co-operative.
Finality and Enforceability. The parties usually agree that an Arbitration Award is final and cannot normally be appealed to the High Court. The Award is enforceable in law and can be enforced in many foreign countries that are signatories to international arbitration protocols.
Costs. Arbitration may be cheaper than Court action but is not necessarily cheap. The parties choose a highly qualified, impartial and experienced expert to resolve their dispute and can expect to pay professional fees for those skills and overheads. A party with a strong case can take comfort in the expectation that some costs will be awarded to them against the losing party. The costs of an Arbitration include:
Parties' costs. These are the expenses incurred by the parties themselves such as legal help, attendance at hearings, expert witness costs; and
Arbitrator's costs. These include the Arbitrator's fees and expenses for hours spent on the case. Smaller disputes may be suitable for resolution on paperwork, or by teleconference, or over the internet. In major disputes the expense of formal hearings may not be large compared with the total value of the disputed matter.
Choose New Zealand
New Zealand is a multi-cultural nation with a strong reputation for integrity, independence and non-aligned policies. Communications technology is world class and the time difference to Europe or the USA is an advantage in facilitating an overnight response.
Dispute Resolution facilities are of the highest standard, monitored by the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand which regulates affiliation by examination and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Arbitration in New Zealand has a long history governed by the 1908, 1938 and now 1996 Arbitration Acts. The 1996 Act gives full recognition to all relevant international protocols.
Principal Dr Clive Trotman combines Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), Fellowship of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute NZ, the University Diploma in Dispute Resolution, and lengthy experience of scientific research and education.
Fuller details of Dr Clive Trotman's credentials are available. If you need a different arbitrator or specialist, this will be arranged.
Consultancy and Advocacy Let us write it for you
Consultants are available to advise in a wide area of science, technology, health and law. Our expertise is the presentation of complex matters in simple terms. Regardless of how technically complex the matter may be, we can express it for you in plain words tailored to the intended readership or audience. We can also do the opposite and convert your basic idea into a good technical or medical explanation suitable for professional presentation.
Skills available to assist you with -
Negotiating and explaining your position
Domain Name dispute case presentation
Understanding or planning expert evidence
Review of technical evidence
Arbitration and Mediation
Media articles and letters
Assessment of computer software or hardware specifications
Brochures and reports for public consumption
Interpretation of claims and inventions
Qualified consultants are available in these fields -
Information Retrieval Electronic Publishing Computer Communications Data Storage Algorithmic Efficiency and Scalability
General Radiology Medical Imaging, X-ray Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMR) Oral Surgery Biomedical Science Medical Ethics
Biotechnology, Biomedical, Life Sciences
All areas, including Biochemistry DNA Genetic Engineering Genetic Modification Drugs
Professional and Educational Standards
Professional Standards, Misconduct Postgraduate studies Tertiary Education Secondary Education Distance and Correspondence Tuition
Documentary Production and Direction Fashion and Design Photographic Art Theatre Spanish and French Translation
Dr Clive Trotman Dispute Science Ltd. Dunedin,New Zealand