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Russell McVeagh

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Large full-service firm with specialists across all major industries acting on litigation and alternative dispute resolution mandates. Well-staffed bench across the Auckland and Wellington offices, supplemented where appropriate by expertise from other practice groups, servicing a broad base of private and public sector clients. Noted track record defending representative actions and of appearing on large-scale tax and construction-related litigation. Also prominent advising financial institutions on regulatory investigations.

Strengths

The team's ability to manage complicated issues is emphasised by multiple clients, one noting that the lawyers have "a great ability to get their heads around a fairly complex area and present paperwork in a compelling and simple way," while another says of the handling of one mandate: "It was a very detailed, complex matter and they did a fine job."

Interviewees also appreciate the way in which practice members "make the client feel part of the team," one reporting: "They take the time to understand how we like to operate and tailor their advice and interactions accordingly. The advice is always at the appropriate level - very commercial, yet well balanced with the legal requirements."

Work highlights

Acted successfully for Fonterra in connection with a High Court application for judicial review, brought by competitor Open Country Dairy, with regard to the Commerce Commission's acceptance of Fonterra's base milk price calculation for 2018.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Marika Eastwick-Field is attracting increasing attention as a "highly respected"younger partner and "good operator"with experience across the commercial spectrum, including the handling of major transactional disputes, financial services matters and insurance-related issues. A client acclaims her as "a wonderful person and such a candid adviser."

Polly Pope is a highly experienced disputes practitioner with an impressively varied track record of work in fields as diverse as agribusiness, construction and financial services. Clients value her as a particularly "responsive and user-friendly" partner, noted for her "attention to detail and clear, succinct and timely advice." One interviewee particularly emphasises the fact that she is "excellent at picking up new things and quick in coming up to speed on complex and detailed matters." 

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Overview

Our Dispute Resolution practice is at the forefront of the legal market and is sought out by local and international companies and banks to act on their largest and most strategically important disputes in New Zealand, including large cross-border matters and disputes for a variety of NZX listed corporates. Our commercial litigators act for a wide client base, across a range of industries, and our broad experience allows us to anticipate legal developments in the New Zealand market.

We recognise that our courtroom experience is often of most benefit to our clients in providing strategic advice and risk analysis to identify and maximise commercial opportunities.

Our specialist areas of expertise include:

  • "Bet the business" litigation and crisis management.
  • Class actions.
  • Construction and projects disputes.
  • Insolvency and Restructuring litigation.
  • High profile investigations.
  • Financial regulatory enforcement, conduct and culture.
  • Securities and capital markets.
  • Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions disputes.
  • Schemes of arrangement.
  • Product liability.
  • Consumer and marketing law.
  • Intellectual property and data protection.
  • Insurance disputes.
  • Real estate and leasing litigation.
  • COVID-19 impacts.

Members

Crotty, Malcolm

Curran, Chris

Irving, Will

Kersey, Matt

Massey, Kirsten

Pope, Polly

Rushbrook, Emmeline

Taylor, Michael

Walker, Nathaniel

Clients

Accident Compensation Corporation

Auckland International Airport

Bath Street Capital

Calibre Partners

Credit Suisse

Earthquake Commission

Fonterra Co-operative Group

Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Kiwibank

KPMG

Lendlease

TSB Bank

Various retail banks

Winton Property

Woolworths

Dispute Resolution

Russell McVeagh

firm
Location

Level 30, Vero Centre,

48 Shortland Street,

PO Box 8

DX CX10085

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

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Dispute Resolution


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