Arbitration is a process for the settlement of disputes in which an independent and impartial arbitrator makes a decision to settle a dispute after considering the representations of the parties. The arbitrator's decision is called an "award" and is normally final and binding on the parties. The award is written and is enforceable by the courts. The Arbitration Act 1996 contains statutory provisions that govern the arbitration process.
Jim Guest is a very experienced arbitrator and member of the Arbitration Panel of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand. Jim has arbitrated many disputes over the years, particularly commercial and farming disputes.