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Gilbert Walker

Dispute Resolution

3 ranked lawyersBand 2New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Specialist boutique litigation and arbitration practice providing both advisory expertise and advocacy in complex commercial matters. An impressive clientele includes financial institutions and leading domestic and international corporations. Noted for its capability in proceedings, including class actions related to insurance, professional liability and financial matters, and also highlighted for advising on environmental protection cases and construction disputes.

Strengths

A client who identifies Gilbert Walker as "one of our go-to firms" for specialised litigation briefs observes: "Their people are strong technically, have a strong service ethic, are good to deal with and provide good value for money."

Work highlights

Acted for ANZ in defence of High Court class action proceedings brought by 550 investors in Ross Asset Management, a company to which ANZ had been banker, but which proved, upon its collapse in 2012, to have been New Zealand's largest Ponzi scheme.

Notable practitioners

Iva Rosic receives particularly enthusiastic feedback from interviewees, one of whom calls her "incredibly impressive and very highly thought of," while another identifies her as someone who "has already come a long way and is going to go a long way further." She is particularly experienced in the handling of large-scale commercial and insurance-related disputes and of regulatory issues.

Interviewees acknowledge Martin Smith as a "very, very good operator" and as a lawyer who not only "works well with others" but is also "good at getting on with it and getting the job done."His clients include leading banks, insurers and commercial landlords.

Matthew Harris is singled out by one client for his "combination of responsiveness, pragmatism and deep knowledge of the law," while another emphasises the fact that he is "strong technically, with a good client manner." Operating across a broad commercial range, he is notably experienced in the construction and insurance fields and in the handling of class actions and professional liability issues.

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New Zealand

Dispute Resolution


Iva Rosic
Band 4
Martin Smith
Band 3
Matthew Harris
Band 3