Commercial Barrister, International Legal Consultant and Professional Director

Rabin Rabindran

Rabin Rabindran

Commercial Barrister, International Legal Consultant and Professional Director

Rabin Rabindran is a commercial barrister & international legal consultant and an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ).

He specialises in major national and international project negotiation and documentation principally in the fields of business, construction, energy and infrastructure development. Rabin has worked on projects in over 25 countries advising Governments and corporations in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean.

Rabin is also a professional director serving mainly on infrastructure and energy related boards. He has been the Health and Safety lead director on various boards.


Rabin has been involved with major projects in New Zealand and in over 25 other countries.

Directorships & Committees

Rabin's governance roles include directorships in mainly infrastructure and energy related industries


  • Chairman of The Bank of India (NZ) Limited
  • Former Director Marsden Maritime Holdings Limited
  • Former Deputy Chair Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Former Director Auckland Transport
  • Former Director Solid Energy New Zealand Limited
  • Former Chairman of ARTA and the Rugby World Cup Regional Transport Forum
  • Former Director Manukau Water Ltd
  • Former Director Tomorrow’s Manukau Properties Ltd & TMPL (Flat Bush) Ltd
  • Singapore Chapter Chair ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business Council
  • Former Director MBf Carpenters Ltd, an Australian public company

Positions Held

  • Former Lloyds Arbitration Reports correspondent for Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Member of the first Ministerial Trade Mission to Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Member of the ASEAN Mission with the Prime Minister to Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Founding member of The New Zealand International Consulting Group

A selection of Papers presented by Rabin

  • Business Take-overs with particular reference to the National Economic Policy of Malaysia – Singapore
  • Renegotiating Tender Conditions after the Award: A Construction Case Study – Singapore
  • New Zealand Position Paper on the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) at the 4th Plenary Meeting of the ASEAN/New Zealand Business Council – Singapore
  • Critical Cultural Factors in Dispute Resolution – Pacific Rim Advisory Council Conference in Malaysia


Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple), MA (Business Law), AAMINZ.


  • Rabin was called to the Bar by Middle Temple, London
  • Awarded the Commonwealth Law Prize
  • Awarded MA (Business Law) with Distinction
  • Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore
  • Attended the Summer Course at the University of Dundee Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law Studies
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Associate Member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ)

Professional Engagements

  • From 2003 – Commercial Barrister & International Legal Consultant
  • 1984 – 2003 Simpson Grierson (13 years as a Partner)
  • 1985 – 1986 On secondment to BP Indonesia as Legal Counsellor to the BP Group of Companies in Indonesia
  • 1981 – 1984 Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore





Areas of Practice

Rabin has extensive experience in the following areas

Rabin has extensive experience in major national and international project negotiation and documentation.  He is engaged by law firms as a consultant for the preparation of specialised contract documentation and strategy advice.

Some structuring project work includes:

  • Housing New Zealand Maintenance Project for 58,000 houses throughout New Zealand involving 300 contractors and advised on all issues from tendering to completion of the project 
  • purchasing of the energy assets of Shell by Swift Energy 
  • acted as a consultant for the construction of Clear Communications Head Office at Smale’s Farm Office Park, Takapuna

Rabin has extensive experience in infrastructure development including:

  • Wellington Wastewater Project tender to design, build and operate (DBO) the wastewater facilities
  • advising on mobile substation contract in Indonesia
  • advising on hydro-power and irrigation project for the the Uma Oya Multi-Purpose Project in Sri Lanka
  • advising on telecommunications joint venture in Vietnam
  • advising on US$150m integrated leisure and activity resort project in Malaysia

Rabin has considerable experience in negotiation and mediation – he facilitates discussion between parties to achieve desired outcomes.

Rabin’s commitment to looking after his clients needs and understanding their business leads to being able to resolve matters in dispute in an effective conciliatory manner, reaching resolution that is satisfactory to all parties involved. 

Rabin is an Associate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ).

Rabin specialises in commercial, corporate and strategic advice to the construction industry.

He advises governments, government organisations and major corporations. His extensive experience includes advising parties from initial structuring of the project through to successful completion.

He is principally involved with contract negotiation, documentation and dispute resolution.

Rabin is an Associate Member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ).

Rabin has vast experience in diverse areas of energy law which allows him to advise clients on a wide range of issues affecting the energy sector. His experience includes:

  • advising the Tuaropaki Trust on all aspects of their geothermal power project in Taupo
  • purchase of Maui Gas from ECNZ for power generation purposes
  • advising Swift Energy on their energy interests in New Zealand 
  • drafting Transpower conditions of contract for substation and transmission line works 
  • considering contracts for the construction, operation and maintenance of power stations in New Zealand and Australia in connection with the sale of 25% of Contact Energy
  • funded by the World Bank as Legal Specialist to advise the Government of Sri Lanka on the development of a 300 MW combined cycle gas turbine facility 
  • Rabin together with two other directors of Solid Energy who were very experienced mining engineers were members of the Solid Energy Health & Safety Committee.
  • Rabin was the lead director on Health & Safety for the board of Auckland Transport and Counties Manukau District Health Board.
  • He currently oversees health & safety issues at the Bank of India (NZ)


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