Blackstone Chambers

Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand


LLitigation The ultimate legal method for settling controversies or disputes between and among persons, organizations, and the State. In litigation process, a case (called suit or lawsuit) is brought before a court of law suitably empowered (having the jurisdiction) to hear the case, by the parties involved (the litigants) for resolution (the judgment).

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AArbitration is a formal dispute resolution process whereby two or more parties agree to submit all or certain disputes between them to an independent person called an arbitrator, for a binding decision.

Arbitration is entered into by agreement and the process is governed by the Arbitration Act 1996 and the Arbitration Amendment Act 2007. An arbitrator’s decision, called an award, is binding on the parties and is enforceable as a judgment of the Court.

The objective of arbitration is to provide a flexible and efficient means of resolving disputes quickly, cost effectively, privately and confidentially without necessarily adhering to the formalised, technical procedures of litigation.

The process is presided over by an arbitrator selected by the parties, or by an agreed nominating body, because of his or her experience, skill and expertise as an arbitrator in matters closely related to the subject matter of the dispute.

Tony Ellis, a barrister, who has developed the law of human rights in the courts of this country like no other lawyer before him. – Russell Fairbrother MP



Tony will accept cases in the following areas in the High Court or above: