Terry Sissons
Terry SissonsBarrister & Mediator
  • Contract and Property Disputes

  • Negligence

  • Estate, Trust and Relationship Property

  • Insurance Law

  • Professional Disciplinary Proceedings

  • Judicial Review

  • Arbitration

  • Mediation


Terry Sissons is a barrister, arbitrator and mediator with over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer in New Zealand.

He currently divides his time between Wellington and Marlborough where he has chambers at 219 Hawkesbury Road, near Renwick.

Terry has acted as counsel in a wide variety of cases before the New Zealand courts, including contract and property disputes, negligence, estate, trust and relationship property and equitable claims, insolvency, securities enforcement, fisheries, gaming, professional disciplinary proceedings, judicial review and arbitrations both as counsel and arbitrator.

Terry Sisson’s main areas of practice are arbitration and mediation and professional disciplinary proceedings.

Terry has acted as arbitrator in disputes involving commercial contracts, distribution and franchise agreements, commercial leases, rent reviews, construction and engineering, insurance, professional and farming partnership dissolutions, real property and trusts. He has also carried out independent investigations into matters affecting the racing industry, professional sport and local government.

He has acted as mediator in disputes involving relationship property, company liquidation, partnership dissolution, commercial leases, misfeasance in public office, professional complaints and resource management.  He acts pro bono as mediator of complaints referred by Wellington based Standards Committees of the NZLS.

His experience before professional regulatory bodies includes acting as prosecuting counsel for the Professional Conduct Committee of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and acting as legal assessor for the New Zealand Registered Architects Board in relation to disciplinary proceedings.

  • Presenter NZLS seminar on Equitable Remedies;
  • Director of NZLS Advanced Litigation Skills course in 2003 – faculty member 1993 to 2013
  • Director of NZLS Litigation Skills course in 1992 – faculty member 1990 to 1992
  • Faculty member of NZLS Expert Witness Programme since 1995
  • Assessor for AMINZ fellowship examinations;
  • Presenter to AMINZ annual conferences on Costs in arbitration and Interim Measures.

Co-author of Equity and Trusts in New Zealand (Brookers Ltd Wellington 2003 and 2009);

Recent and Notable Cases

  • McLanahan & Tan v NZ Registered Architects Board [2016] NZHC 2276 counsel for Board in judicial review of Board’s decision to dismiss a complaint against an architect.

  • Specialised Structures NZ Ltd v Findlater Construction Ltd [2016] NZHC 1340 counsel for defendant in application for injunction to restrain breach of restraint of trade clause

  • New Zealand Climate Science Education Trust v National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd [2013] 1 NZLR 75 – acted pro bono as counsel for the plaintiff in a claim for judicial review of the respondent’s New Zealand climate record.

  • First Sovereign Trust v Secretary for Internal Affairs HC Wellington CIV-2010-485-828 22 July 2010 33, TCL 32/4 – counsel for plaintiff in judicial review of Gambling Commission’s decision to hear an appeal against cancellation of a class 4 operator’s licence when a District Court prosecution was still to be heard

  • Murray & Mills v Wellington City Council [2012] NZHC 3446 – counsel for plaintiff in judicial review of decisions of WCC to remove two conditions attached to an encroachment licence which protected the plaintiffs’ frontager rights.


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