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BA LLB(Hons) (VUW) | MBHL (Distinction) | GradDipBusStuds (Dispute Resolution) | LLM | AAMINZ | MInstD
Iris Reuvecamp is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Iris has been practising as a health and disability law specialist for close to twenty years both as inhouse counsel and as an external advisor. She has a particular interest in mental health, older persons and disability law. Iris appears regularly in a range of courts and tribunals and is a court appointed lawyer for the subject person under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. She is an Affiliate of the Law Faculty of the University of Otago and teaches health and disability law related courses to health professionals and undergraduate students.
Iris has published and presented on a range of topics relevant to mental capacity law in a variety of different forums. Iris holds a number of health and disability sector governance roles. She is chair of the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology and the WHO Compliance Panel for Implementing and Monitoring the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in New Zealand: The Code in New Zealand.
LLB (Hons) | FCIArb | FAMINZ (Arb)
Nicole Smith is a Barrister practising in New Zealand. She is also a solicitor (admitted in England and Wales) acting as a consultant to Keystone Law (UK). She specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, sitting as an arbitrator and also acting as an advocate. She has experience in all fields of commercial disputes including disputes involving medico-legal issues, shareholders, small and medium enterprises, fraud, leases and post-settlement revenues.
She has a particular expertise in the energy industry and has acted for a number of energy companies on supply disputes and disputes relating to operational issues.
She regularly presents on arbitration issues in New Zealand and internationally. She is a member of the AMINZ Council, a Fellow of AMINZ and also of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Darren spent over 20 years as a litigator in London and now works as a mediator and independent reviewer based in Auckland.
With wide-ranging experience including with medico-legal, property, commercial, employment and insurance matters (to name just a few), Darren has the experience and expertise to be effective across a number of industries and businesses.
Darren has strong inter-personal skills and is known for making positive change happen even in the most difficult of cases.
B Ed/Dip Tchg | BA/LLB | AAMINZ
Ngaire trained and worked as a teacher for 15 years before re-training as a lawyer. After being admitted to the bar in 1998, Ngaire has specialised solely in medico-legal matters She has extensive experience in the medico-legal arena including as the medico-legal counsel for the Waikato DHB from December 2003 until she resigned in December 2009 to travel overseas.
In between various medico-legal roles, Ngaire has worked as a reviewer/ adjudicator of ACC disputes. In that regard, she has extensive experience in the ACC jurisdiction working as a reviewer, mediator, and conciliator at various times. Ngaire is particularly skilled in adopting a pragmatic and sensible approach to assist parties in moving matters forward to try and resolve disputes as soon as practically possible.
LLB | AAMINZ
Anita Killeen is a Barrister, Independent Director, and Commercial Mediator based at Quay Chambers in Auckland with over 20 years’ legal experience.
Anita has specialist expertise in financial crime and fraud, commercial and criminal litigation, compliance and regulation, and governance and decision-making. She is an experienced governance professional and qualified lawyer who offers directorship, ministerial review, and tribunal experience, together with strong legal, advocacy, financial and analytical skills capability.
In addition to her legal and governance experience, Anita has had 10 years’ mediation experience. Anita first trained in mediation at the London School of Economics in 2010, and has engaged in further mediation training in New Zealand through AMINZ (Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc) and the Resolution Institute. She is an accredited mediator and an Associate Member of AMINZ.
She is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office and has particular expertise in resolving financial and commercial disputes and also has experience in mediating ACC, medico-legal, employment, property, trusts and estates, insurance and rent disputes. In addition to private mediation work, Anita serves on a variety of mediation panels.
B.A. | J.D.
Lindsay obtained her BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and then went on to study law at the University of Arizona, obtaining a juris doctorate degree in 2001. Lindsay then worked as a litigator in the areas of medical malpractice, insurance defence, and personal injury law before emigrating to New Zealand.
Since 2009, Lindsay has worked exclusively in the ACC space, adjudicating disputes between ACC and injured claimants. Lindsay is an affiliate member of AMINZ.
LLB | Dip.Bus.Admin
Graham is a Disputes Tribunal Referee in Palmerston North, a position he has held since 2010.
He also practises as a lawyer in health/disability law, and employment law.
Graham has held a range of adjudication and complaint determination roles, including as a tenancy adjudicator, as well as the chair of complaints assessment committees under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008, and university academic grievance committees.
LLB (Hons) | MCR | FRI
Anet is a legally trained, Mediator, Supervisor (mediators, RJ facilitators, lawyers), conflict management coach, and former University Lecturer.
Having mediated over 400 and reviewed about 200 ACC cases since 2007, Anet is highly experienced in ACC dispute resolution work. She has also assisted people to resolve their varied conflicts in many other areas, including, family, relationship property, employment, testamentary disputes (wills & succession), elder, civil, partnership, contract, building, commercial, EQC, Leaky Homes, tribal, inter-cultural and community groups issues for over 29 years, and prefers to foster opportunities for enhanced communication & empowerment in all mediations.
BA | LLB
Sandhya has several years of work experience in the Accident Compensation jurisdiction in New Zealand. In 2007, the Accident Compensation Corporation appointed her as a reviewer under the relevant Act to conduct review hearings, to issue decisions, reports and recommendations (where applicable) to ACC.
An experienced Adjudicator, Sandhya has adjudicated on many quasi-judicial hearings under the Accident Compensation Act 2001, and issued written decisions involving various aspects of the scheme.
Sandhya is an enrolled Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court in NZ. She enjoys working with both individuals and organisations through the dispute resolution process in what can be a difficult and challenging time for those involved.
LLB | BA |AAMINZ
Lisa is enrolled as a Solicitor and Barrister in both New Zealand and Western Australia. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution in all its forms having worked as a civil litigator for several years, as well as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Lisa returned home to New Zealand in February 2017 and has been working in the ACC jurisdiction as an independent reviewer, mediator, and/or conciliator since then.
Lisa has a passion for alternative dispute resolution and solution-generating processes. She believes in assisting and encouraging parties to engage collaboratively early on in a dispute to avoid any lengthy delays. Lisa approaches each matter with compassion, recognising that being in a dispute can be stressful and overwhelming at times, and she always ensures the process is fair and balanced and easily understood by the parties.
Lisa is an associate member of AAMINZ and a member of the Resolution Institute.
LLB (Hons) | AAMINZ | Dip Midwifery | Cert Gen Nursing (UK)
Irene trained and worked as a General Nurse and Midwife before re-training as a lawyer.
She has extensive experience in the ACC jurisdiction and has appeared before the District and High Court. Irene’s health background has been invaluable in assisting to resolve disputes and provides her with a unique perspective. Irene is particularly interested in resolving matters quickly to minimise the effects of disputes on all parties.
LLB (Hons) | BA
Having held a series of Ombudsman and Complaints Commissioner roles, Jonathan has broad adjudicative experience in a range of subject areas, including medico-legal, financial, and administrative law. Jonathan also has experience Chairing sports disciplinary proceedings
LLB | B.Com | AAMINZ
Ben has diverse experience in alternative dispute resolution as counsel, adjudicator, mediator and on occasion participant and has been fortunate to have worked with many excellent colleagues which have influenced and informed his practice.
A lawyer in the commercial and dispute resolution fields, he has also sat on a range of government and industry decision making bodies. Including in the education racing and social sectors.
Ben is a firm believer in working collaboratively with all parties from the outset in an engaged manner to assist in reaching a desirable result.
Clayton has been a solicitor and barrister for 17 years, he is currently based in Auckland and have dealt with a wide range of ACC matters since starting with ACC reviews in March 2020.
Admitted as a solicitor in South Africa, Clayton spent many years litigating in the insurance sphere before he was called to the Bar and became admitted as a barrister in 2012.
During his tenure as a South African barrister, he gained extensive experience in the spheres of insurance, medico-legal, construction and motor law. A talented, yet practical, litigator and arbitrator, Clayton has always maintained that preparation is key to any success, and has shown, in the numerous milestones that he has achieved, that he is always well prepared.
BA/LLB (Hons) | LLM (Hons)
Hannah holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Laws (Hons) from the University of Cambridge. She started her career as a Judges’ Clerk of the Auckland High Court and then joined the Crown Solicitor’s office in Auckland, where she worked as an Intermediate Crown Prosecutor and general civil litigator in the medico-legal team. She has also worked as a civil litigator in the disputes resolution team of a commercial law firm and a boutique litigation law firm.
Hannah is an experienced advocate and has appeared before the District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal on a variety of civil and criminal matters. She has a keen interest in medico-legal law, disputes resolution, and jurisprudence.
BA | JD
Miriam firmly believes that transparency and candor, from herself and the parties, are the foundations of solid decision-making. She strives to ensure all parties walk away feeling that they have had a fair hearing and that the decision, even if they don’t agree with it, is clear and balanced.
Her experience comes from working as a lawyer in Canada and as an adjudicator and independent reviewer in New Zealand.
Belinda Harvey has a background in adjudication and dispute resolution. Her experience comes from working as a Tenancy Tribunal adjudicator for 14 years and in other complaint determination roles.
Belinda practised law in the United Kingdom and Bermuda before returning to New Zealand to complete a Master of Laws in 1998 specialising in environmental and public law. With a friendly approach to the review process, Belinda seeks to ensure a fair hearing for the parties with an emphasis on clear communication and understanding.
BA, LLM(Hons) | Dip Bus Studies | PG Dip Bus Admin | ANZIIF (Fellow) | AAMINZ | ACILA
After a lifetime in insurance claims (all commercial classes, including liability, financial lines, and marine) Eoin now conducts statutory reviews under the Accident Compensation Act and provides alternative dispute resolution services.
Eoin has worked in the ACC space since 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a lawyer, appearing in the District and High Courts, the Waitangi Tribunal, and assisting clients at mediations.
Eoin holds a practising certificate as a barrister and is also a Chartered Loss Adjuster. His experience and education make him uniquely qualified to help people resolve disputes.
BA | LLB
Sandra specialises in resolving disputes raised by ACC clients about decisions on cover for personal injuries, entitlements, and associated matters. She has over ten years’ experience as an independent ACC reviewer and in alternative dispute resolution. Sandra’s knowledge includes an in-depth understanding of the ACC legislation.
Sandra is a people person, and she appreciates that she is meeting clients at what is often a difficult time for them. She likes to put her clients at ease during review hearings and to make sure that they understand the hearing process. Sandra ensures that clients receive a fair hearing, and she communicates the reasons for the outcome of the review clearly.
Sandra initially earned a degree in sociology before gaining her law degree in South Africa. There, Sandra worked in the state sector in criminal law before migrating to New Zealand with her family. In New Zealand, Sandra has worked in both the private and public sectors for over 25 years, including in management of personal injury claims, banking, and insurance.
John has a strong sense of social justice and the role that the Accident Compensation Act has to play in the lives of individuals and the community.
He believes that his forty-plus years of experience as a hands-on litigator, arbitrator, and in recent years, adjudicator, will enable him to contribute to delivering fair and just outcomes intended by the Act.
BCom | Grad Dip Bus Stud
Alec brings a diverse range of skills to the team, with a 20-year career in various sectors including the education and financial services sector.
Alec has 10 years’ experience dealing with accident compensation matters, both in the public and private sector, and during this time he has developed considerable experience dealing with medico-legal issues.
With a passion for cross-cultural understanding he has lived and worked in Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and England.
Alec has a relaxed and friendly approach to the review process and looks forward to providing exceptional customer service.
BA | LLB (Hons) | AAIMZ
Sheana Wheeldon is a barrister with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand legal practice. She spent 10 years as a partner in a major national law firm before beginning practice as a barrister and mediator in 2015. Her extensive experience in dispute resolution encompasses all spheres from directly negotiated settlements to formal mediations, to proceedings at all levels of the courts.
Sheana is a Resolution Institute accredited mediator and an associate member of AMINZ. She is passionate about mediation as a positive means of resolving disputes. In the ACC area, she mediates ACC review applications for ICRA. She also adjudicates ACC review decisions and has for many years been a member of the Panel of Experts who adjudicate domain name disputes for the New Zealand Domain Name Commission.
With strong interpersonal skills and a breadth of life and legal experience, Sheana brings positivity and clear thinking to dispute resolution.
Erynn has 9 years experience as a lawyer in civil and regulatory litigation. She worked in private practice on claims involving animal and veterinary law, insurance, health and safety, ACC, public liability, professional indemnity, statutory liability (Fair Trading, Vet Act, Health & Safety at Work, Resource Management, Commerce) and worked through many leaky building and earthquake claims. She has appeared in the High Court, District Court, various Tribunals and has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience.
She is also a small business owner and can be found in the garden, on the water or on the netball court in her spare time.
She enjoys working in the medico-legal field and the variety of being an ACC reviewer. Her attention to detail, friendly and relaxed approach and sense of fairness helps put people at ease and ensures they are in good hands.
Yasmin has been working as an ACC reviewer since early 2017.
Prior to that, Yasmin enjoyed working as an in-house Legal and Contracts Advisor for a large tertiary institution and spent several years working in insurance-based roles, drafting construction contracts as part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery effort and working as a Claims Executive, managing Australian Builders Warranty, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity claims. Yasmin discovered a passion for dispute resolution while working in a civil litigation practice in Auckland where she was largely focused on leaky building disputes.
Her insurance and litigation experience, coupled with her desire to strive for fairness and find pragmatic solutions which help parties to maintain ongoing positive relationships have served her well in her role as an ACC reviewer.
Ané has been a solicitor for 8 years and is currently based in Auckland. Admitted as a solicitor in South Africa, Ané has spent many years in the litigation and dispute resolution arenas. During her tenure as a South African solicitor, she gained experience in various areas of law including insurance, medico-legal, construction, labour and general litigation.
Ané immigrated to New Zealand in 2018 and since then, gained experience in the property law sector. Ané is passionate about dispute resolution and believes her fair and open-minded approach to disputes ensures that the best outcome is achieved. She strives to approach each review as holistically as possible.