Named 2019 “Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific” by APAC Insider and ACQ5 2019 Global Awards, Geoff is a leading mediator in Asia, New Zealand and the UK. He is ranked in Chambers UK 2020, is widely recognised for his work by Who’s Who Legal and others and is trusted by law firms around the world to mediate clients’ high stakes and often sensitive commercial disputes
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1981: Admitted all New Zealand Courts
1982 – 1984: Mallesons, Melbourne
1982: Admitted Supreme Court of Victoria, High Court of Australia and Federal Court of Australia
1985 – 1999: Bell Gully, Wellington (Litigation partner 93/99)
2000: Clifton Chambers, Wellington
2015: Brick Court Chambers, London
2019: Maxwell Mediators, Singapore
2020: Appointed to the International Advisory Board of The Office of the Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Progammes charged with oversight of the UN’s Global Mediation Panel for UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS and UN-Women.
“Geoff Sharp was a co-mediator in a very sensitive mediation involving two sovereign states. He handled the mediation with remarkable skill and sensitivity and quickly gained the trust and confidence of my clients. I would not hesitate to recommend as in the first rank of mediators practicing in London”
A London QC 2018
“… The most professional and skilled mediator with whom I had been involved… Highly effective at generating constructive, realistic and helpful settlement options”
International Mediation Institute feedback
” a mediation megastar… hugely experienced” and “truly an international mediator… with sources who report being very impressed with his knowledge of commercial disputes”
MEDIATION AWARDS & RANKINGS
- Bali International Arbitration & Mediation Centre Top 10 Mediator in the Asia Pacific in 2020
- APAC Insider Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia-Pacific
- Lawyer International’s Legal 100 Asia Pacific Mediator of the Year – UK
- ACQ5 Global Awards Winner
- Corporate USA Today Best Commercial Mediator 2019 – Asia Pacific
- Global Venture – Annual Awards – 2019 Best Commercial Mediator 2019 – Asia Pacific
- LawFuel Power List 2020 – NZ’s 50 most influential lawyers
Chambers UK/UK Bar 2019/2020: “Really tenacious and determined to look at things from every angle to get the parties to talk” and “He is a brilliant mediator: incredibly courteous and insightful, and able to find the blockages that nobody else spots.”
Who’s Who Legal Global Leader 2019/2020: “Geoff Sharp is distinguished by peers as a “stellar” mediator and “one of the best” in the field”
Who’s Who Legal – UK Bar: “A mediation megastar, hugely experienced and brings years of knowledge to each mediation”…“engaging manner, charm and intelligence, he has considerable expertise as a mediator in international commercial conflicts”
2014: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Summer School Teaching Faculty, Pepperdine University School of Law
2012: Inaugural New Zealand Mediator of the Year, NZ Law Awards
- Appointed the 4th LEADR Fellow (Australasia)
- Fellow of Resolution Institute (FRI)
- First Australasian Elected Distinguished Fellow of International Academy of Mediators (USA)
Geoff is available for appointment direct by the parties or through arbitration/mediation institutions and his daily and hourly rates vary according to the type and complexity of the matter.
In most circumstances, he can agree on daily/hourly rates or a fixed fee, depending on party preference.
Geoff presents as a local mediator in Singapore and London, so there is no extra charge for travel time or air travel to or from these centres.
Please contact Geoff directly for his full engagement information.
1976 – 1981: LL.B Victoria University of Wellington
1994: Harvard Negotiation Institute Course, Harvard Law School
2009: Massey University, Graduate Programme in Dispute Resolution
2010: Pepperdine University Summer School, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
After almost 20 years as a commercial litigator, Geoff is widely recognised for his mediation work in Asia, UK and New Zealand where he has been resolving cross border disputes for the past decade.
Since launching Maxwell Mediators in June 2019, to date in 2019 Geoff has mediated cross border disputes in London, Zurich, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and New Zealand.
While primarily facilitative in approach, Geoff will often give subtle gradations of advice that clients and representatives usually appreciate when it is in the right form and at the right time.
In early 2020 Geoff was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes, having oversight of the Ombudsman’s Global Mediation Panel where he joins a small global group of mediator and academic members of the Board.
A member of Clifton Chambers (Wellington) and a door tenant of Brick Court Chambers (London), Geoff has been mediating in the Asia Pacific for the last decade and is a certified mediator in Singapore, being a member of both the SMC and SIMC international mediation panels. Geoff is a SIMC Ambassador and he is also a member of the National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel. In 2018 he was appointed an inaugural panel member of Japan’s International Mediation Center which will work closely with the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center.
Known as a mediator who can connect with parties in conflict, Geoff has been engaged by many of the world’s leading law firms and ADR organisations like the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SMIC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), as well as the various governments and government entities including UAE, Singapore, India, UK, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Geoff has taught lawyers about mediation around the globe including, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, UAE, Cook Islands, Fiji, UK, France and the USA.
Geoff mediates across a range of commercial matters, including;
- class actions – shareholder, fraud
- country-to-country disputes
- oil & gas/mining
- shipping/transport infrastructure/military
- banking & shareholder matters
- natural disaster claims – earthquake, flooding
- financial services and fraud/insolvency
MAXWELL MEDIATORS’ EXAMPLE MEDIATION AGREEMENT
International Mediation Institute
Certified IMI Mediator
Singapore International Mediation Centre
Singapore International Mediation Institute
SIMI Certified Mediator
National Electricity Market of Singapore Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel
Japan International Mediation Center
Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center
Senior Mediation Expert