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Ecorate Ltd, trading as Dispute Settlement Associates provides, to the construction industry and the commercial world, dispute resolution services.  Keith Huntington is a professional commercial mediator and CCAct adjudicator.  His particular interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures began in England in the 1970s while studying for his UK architectural registration.

Keith is a Mediation Fellow of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ) and also a member of LEADR NZ Inc - Association of Dispute Resolvers.  He is included on the Mediator Panels of both organisations.  Keith is also included on the AMINZ Panel of Adjudicators able to be appointed under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

MEDIATION:  Keith has been involved in providing mediation services since the late 1980s and has been a Warranted Independent Tenancy Mediator, and was an original mediator for the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service.

Mediation is a most useful general tool that is easily tailored to any particular situation.  Because it is not 'Judicial' it allows a wide exploration and clarification of the matters of concern, and therefore for possible outcomes to be explored. Nothing is agreed until there is a specific agreement between the Parties.  Often interpersonal difficulties can be significant, (but unspoken), in the origin of disputes and Mediation allows for a safe acknowledgement of these and thereby allowing for subsequent possible resolutions.

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT ADJUDICATION:  CCAct 2002 adjudication is a quick and efficient process for obtaining an enforceable resolution for disputes within the Building Industry, without the disadvantages of formal Arbitration.  Please refer to the following page.

FACILITATION and DISPUTE MANAGEMENT:  When the road get a bit 'rocky' Parties can head-off the escalation of many disputes by acknowledging the potential early and before the difficulties gell.  By bring in an independent facilitator the differences can be addressed, misunderstandings clarified, and if necessary the options for further outside assistance can be discussed and agreed.

EXPERT  EVIDENCE:  With an extensive background in architecture Keith has been engaged to investigate and report on matters associated with building disputes, and to prepare expert evidence for legal actions.

CONTACT DETAILS: Please feel free to contact Keith for his C.V. and summary of experience.    tel:  04 499-3015     mble:  021 890 251     e-mail: keith@settlement.co.nz

Keith Huntington - B.Arch, Dip.Urb.Val, Dip Bus.Stud(Disp.Res), FNZIA, FAMINZ(Med), LEADR Registered Architect (RAB# 1372) and NZGBC Homestar™ Practitioner & Assessor (reg# 6868)


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