Mark von Dadelszen

Mobile 0274 523 530


LLB, Victoria University
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor (1969)

Specialist practice areas:

  • Societies and charitable trusts (author of Law of Societies in New Zealand and Members’ Meetings)
  • Alternative dispute resolution (including appointment as a mediator and arbitrator)
  • Chairmanship of meetings


Mark was a partner of BvonD from 1972 to late 2017, and is now a Consultant.  Over the years he has gained experience in most areas of legal practice but especially in civil litigation, resource management and not-for-profit law. His specialist interest in not-for-profit law has developed over the last 30 years. While Mark is no longer working full-time (his normal work days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week), he continues to provide advice to clients and other legal firms around New Zealand on issues arising with incorporated societies, charitable trusts and societies, and other not-for-profit entities, as well as in respect of meeting procedure. He enjoys the challenges involved in those specialties, and focuses especially on strategic and project work.

During his career, Mark has been active in Law Society affairs, including being a member of the New Zealand Law Society Environmental Law Committee (2001-2009 and Convenor 2006-2009) and Hawke’s Bay District Law Practitioners Disciplinary Committee member (1995-2009 and Chairman 2007-2009) and he remains a member of the “Friends” panel.

He has been and continues to be involved in community activities, such as being the President of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, an active choral singer and woodturner, and, previously, a Havelock North Borough Councillor (1980-86), a Toastmaster, and Spirit of Adventure Trust volunteer.