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What the team is known for

Bell Gully's committed team advises on high-profile and complex cases in New Zealand, and is a distinguished leader in defence of class action proceedings. Works with a prestigious clientele, including financial institutions and government bodies as well as corporations. Other areas of impressive capability include contentious insolvency proceedings, defective product claims, tax disputes and regulatory investigations and litigation. Offers further proficiency in such ADR proceedings as arbitration and expert determinations. Key clients include Asia Pacific Village Group, the Electricity Authority and Southern Response Earthquake Services.

Strengths

A client who "overall had a fantastic experience working with the Bell Gully team" and identifies several reasons for arriving at this conclusion, stresses particularly being "very impressed by the speed of turnaround on enquiries," and with the fact that, in a specific dispute, "the Bell Gully team was very well across the topics being addressed in the evidence, and was able to identify points that might be tested in cross-examination and provide a very constructive critique of a proposed approach."

Another client, who reports that Bell Gully "provides a highly personalised and seamless service and consistently outperforms expectations," emphasises the team's "clear communication that addresses the issues at hand and considers alternative positions, so that we, the client, are consistently a step ahead of the curve."

Work highlights

Bell Gully acted for Genesis Energy in widely reported High Court proceedings in which, unprecedentedly, a private law case was brought against the client and six other high-profile New Zealand companies on the alleged grounds that their involvement in activities that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere represents a breach of an inchoate duty owed to the plaintiff.

Notable practitioners

Jenny Stevens is based in Wellington, and in addition to being particularly well known for her competition-related expertise, she is active across a wide range of commercial matters, including consumer issues and potentially contentious matters in the banking and energy sectors. A client reports that she is "great at dealing with complex litigation and regulatory matters."

David Friar is based in Auckland and offers over 20 years' experience as a commercial litigator in a variety of complex commercial cases, including notable insolvency and insurance-related disputes. Respected as an "excellent lawyer" by market sources, he is described by a client as "a very smart guy who gets the complexities of our business and is clear on what we need and how to deliver it."

Sophie East exercises a wide-ranging commercial disputes capability from the Auckland office, her areas of particular expertise including class actions, banking and finance disputes and arbitrations. A market commentator describes her as "a really excellent lawyer."

Jesse Wilson acts particularly prominently on corporate and construction disputes and is also an experienced handler of product liability and securities-related issues. An interviewee who describes him as "an extremely talented and intelligent litigator who has deep knowledge of the law and is able to apply that in a very commercial way to deliver results for his clients," adds: "I wouldn’t use anyone else." He is based in Auckland.

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