About Nigel Dunlop


Nigel was brought up in provincial New Zealand.

He graduated in both psychology and law at the University of Otago.

He is currently a barrister with over 40 years of legal experience.

Nigel first commenced practice as a solicitor in 1978 in Wellington with one of the predecessor firms of Buddle Findlay.

He later moved to Christchurch, initially practising with Cuningham Taylor and then Duncan Cotterill before establishing his own law firm. Ten years later he became a barrister.

He relocated to Auckland in 2008 and to Nelson in 2016. Coming full circle, Nigel returned to Wellington in 2020.

Nigel's legal experience is wide ranging. Apart from his role on statutory tribunals his specialties have been criminal, family and youth law.

He is a past President of the Canterbury District Law Society and Council member of the New Zealand Law Society.

Nigel initially trained as a mediator in 1993 and has undertaken further mediation training on a regular basis since then.

He has a high level of mediation experience with a high settlement rate.

Nigel is an accredited mediator with AMINZ (Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand), the Resolution Institute and NZLS (New Zealand Law Society).

Amongst others, he has conducted mediations for the Family Court, Department of Business Innovation and Employment, Health and Disability Commissioner and Domain Name Commissioner.

Nigel has had many articles about mediation and negotiation published. He has conducted mediation and negotiation workshops and spoken at mediation conferences.

Nigel holds a number of appointments not directly related to mediation. He is:

  1.  the Deputy President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, appointed by the Governor General in 2015
  2.  a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, having been appointed by successive  Ministers of Health since 1992
  3.  a member of the adjudication panel under the Retirement Villages Act 2003, appointed by the Retirement Commissioner
  4. A lay member of professional conduct committees under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 for the Medical Council, Dental Council, and Physiotherapy Board.

Nigel served 5 years as the chair of a complaints assessment committee under the Real Estate Agents Act.

Nigel has considerable experience in conducting investigations.

Nigel also acts as an arbitrator.

Nigel has held various pro bono voluntary community positions over the years, including as the chair of a school board of trustees and chair of a large not for profit organisation.

Nigel, who is a fourth generation New Zealander, married with 4 adult children and stepchildren. His interests include swimming, mountain biking, travel and history.