John Walton was admitted in NZ in 1984; and in England and Wales, and Hong Kong, in 1992. He has practised at Nabarro Nathanson (London), McKenna & Co (Hong Kong); was a partner at Buddle Findlay (Auckland); and went to the Bar (Bankside Chambers) in 2003. With over 30 years of major construction project experience, John now practises as an arbitrator, construction adjudicator and mediator. His qualifications include LLB (VUW), LLM (UofA), FCIArb, FAMINZ (Arb), FAIADR.
John was co-vice chair of the 2018 ICCA Sydney Congress and host of the AMINZ ICCA International Arbitration Day in Queenstown. In 2019, he was invited to join the Society of Construction Arbitrators as an overseas member and was made an honorary life member of the NZ Society of Construction Law.
While with McKenna & Co, John was part of the team advising the government of Hong Kong on its new port and airport development strategy at Chek Lap Kok. He has advised on major infrastructure projects in the energy, water and wastewater, transport and technology sectors in New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Indonesia and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region. John has arbitrated and adjudicated large construction and infrastructure disputes across all industry sectors.
As president of AMINZ, John also chaired AMINZ International, which included drafting the 2017 AMINZ Arbitration Rules.