Damian

Chesterman

Damian is an arbitrator, mediator and barrister with over 25 years of legal experience.

Qualifications

  • FAMINZ (Arb) (Fellow of Institute of Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand) (2019)
  • LL.M (Hons, University of Cambridge) (1998)
  • B.Commerce (University of Auckland) (1996)
  • LL.B (First Class Hons, University of Waikato) (1993)


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Qualifications

  • FAMINZ (Arb) (Fellow of Institute of Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand) (2019)
  • LL.M (Hons, University of Cambridge) (1998)
  • B.Commerce (University of Auckland) (1996)
  • LL.B (First Class Hons, University of Waikato) (1993)


BIOGRAPHY

Damian has wide ranging experience with disputes involving Maori land and Treaty settlements. He has particular expertise in advising on commercial disputes involving Maori freehold land and leases subject to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. He has provided specialist advice to ahu whenua trusts on fiduciary duties especially the intersection between trust orders and the common law.


Damian’s focus on arbitration, mediation and issues affecting Maori builds upon many years as counsel in general commercial and civil cases.

Damian has also practised law in New York, London and Sydney and he completed a Master of Law (LL.M) at the University of Cambridge, England.

Admitted to the New Zealand Bar: 1995


Barrister sole: 2005

Overseas Bar Admissions:

  • New York, United States of America (Attorney and Counsellor at Law) (2003)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor) (2001)
  • Australian Capital Territory, Australia (Barrister and Solicitor) (1998)
  • New South Wales, Australia (Solicitor) (1998)