About Chris LaHatte

Barrister and Solicitor LLB M Mgt (Dispute Resolution) FAMINZ (Mediation/Arbitration) FCIArb
Chris has been a lawyer for more than 37 years. He has had many years practising as a barrister in Auckland, including a role as house advocate for construction conciliations and arbitrations for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation. This is a project which was the largest transportation infrastructure initiative in the world at the time, with an estimated cost of $ US 15 Billion.
Chris has a diverse legal background and has appeared in all levels of courts and tribunals in New Zealand. He has had a number of cases reported in New Zealand law reports and is recognised as very experienced in a number of areas including insolvency litigation. He has undertaken criminal jury trials and criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has argued a number of judicial review cases including appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has also argued many substantial civil trials in the District Court and High Court including a major trial lasting 5 weeks. He has also appeared in the Maori Land Court, Taxation Review Authority and other tribunals. 
He was the Ombudsman at ICANN for a five year term from 2011 to 2016
Chris has a particular interest in construction and building law and is a member of the panel of Building Adjudicators held by the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute. He has completed a Master of Management in Dispute Resolution through Massey University, presenting as the Research Report an examination of the Judicial Settlement Conference in New Zealand. He is a Fellow of AMINZ  in Mediation and Arbitration.
Chris was the Convenor of the Auckland District Society Library Committee for many years. He has been actively involved with the Library and other committees for many years, and has presented a number of seminars for the Society and for other publishers such as LexisNexis. He is an editor for Brookers District Court Procedure. Chris is a Costs Assessor and Mediator for the New Zealand Law Society in Auckland and Wellington.
Chris is a mediator on the AMINZ panel, and accredited as an FDR Family Mediator by the New Zealand Law Society and Fairway Resolution. He is also accredited as a mediator by Mediate .com at http://www.mediate.com/mediator/details.cfm?clientid=17956. He is also on the Intellectual Property List held by AMINZ

Chris is now  based in Wellington New Zealand.  His email address is chris@lahatte.co.nz , and  is available to be instructed as a barrister and mediator.