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Ann Skelton
Mediator, Investigator & Barrister
LLB, BA, Fellow AMINZ (Mediation)

Ann Skelton leads Mediation Partners, a collaborative network of Mediators and Dispute Resolution practitioners.  Ann is a: 

  • Fellow of AMINZ (Mediation) and 2021 Recipient of the Ann Edge Memorial Prize for Excellence in Fellowship Mediation

  • Mediation Panel Member AMINZ

  • Council Member of AMINZ and the Co-Convenor of the Christchurch AMINZ Network

  • member of the Association of Workplace Investigators

  • Panel member of the Ministry of Education Arbitration Panel, the Sport and Recreation Complaints Mediation Service, Tertiary Education Dispute Resolution Panel, Disputes Panel Member for Department of Internal Affairs

  • Facilitator for Expert Determinations

  • original thinker with a collaborative style who works with you to help you resolve your dispute applying of balance of objectivity and empathy to design a bespoke resolution process to fit your dispute

  • transparent, respectful and consistent who demands the same from participants 

  • experienced in a wide range of legal, mediation/negotiation and dispute resolution forums in a variety of areas including a boutique insurance litigation firm, a national law firm, in-house advisory and governance, human resources and employee relations, a Disputes Tribunal Referee, Chair of Complaints Assessment Committees for the Real Estate Agents Authority and has run her own dispute resolution consultancy

  • mediation experience in a wide range of subject area expertise including consumer law, construction law, natural diaster disputes, employment law, professional indemnity, family wealth including estates and relationship property, community issues, sports law

With a litigation background, Ann knows the pitfalls and devastating effect unresolved disputes have on people and organisations.  Ann also knows litigation is only a successful and positive process for a very small percentage of litigants- others become disillusioned 
by the delay and cost and feel the process is not designed for the people it is meant to serve.

After many years mediating disputes, Ann sees how powerful resolution of even the smallest dispute can be for anyone.  Now Mediation Partners brings that same pragmatic approach to a wide variety of disputes.

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