What the team is known for
Commercial litigation team with significant experience in large-scale matters, notably representing both government bodies and domestic and international corporate entities in contentious commercial, taxation and real estate cases. Active in the arena of regulatory litigation as well as on banking and securities issues. Experienced in the advocacy of cases at all levels of the national court system and before specialist tribunals, and additionally adept in the resolution of disputes through arbitration, mediation and expert determination processes. Further noted for high-profile work on litigation and claims resulting from the damage caused by the Christchurch earthquakes. Advises regulatory bodies on environmental and competition disputes, among other matters.
One client emphasises the efficiency with which the team operates, noting: "They provide prompt and pragmatic advice, drawing on their extensive expertise. They stay one step ahead of any deadlines and are always available to assist us when a difficult and complex matter arises. In particular, their advice always takes a highly commercial view, while ensuring that outcomes are investor-focused."
Another client particularly appreciates the breadth and depth of the practice's knowledge and experience, reporting: "The key difference has been the expertise they bring to the table; for each issue they have had the valuable experience of solving the issues with other clients, so they can come straight to the point and come up with good strategies to solve them."
Acted for the Capital and Coast District Health Board in litigation against several parties - including Fletcher Construction and Beca - involved in the construction of the NZD300 million Wellington Regional Hospital, the operation of which has been disrupted by a serious leaking pipe problem for a number of years.
has more than 30 years' experience in the commercial litigation field, much of it dedicated to the resolution of complex contractual, construction, consumer and property-related disputes. Clients applaud him as a source of "pragmatic, easy-to-understand and high-quality advice,"
and as an "excellent operator"
whose "unaggressive and persuasive"
approach often proves "very valuable."