Simpson Grierson

Dispute Resolution Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Comprehensive litigation offering with noteworthy abilities acting on cross-border disputes for New Zealand companies and overseas businesses active in New Zealand markets. Active across a range of areas including competition and regulatory, public, insurance, construction and privacy law. Also provides specialist expertise in ADR processes such as arbitration and mediation, and is a popular choice for government and publicly-owned entities.

Strengths A client who describes team members as "extremely responsive, accommodating and very level-headed in their advice" also appreciates the additional advantage of them being part of a firm with "the breadth and depth of experience to operate on the global stage."

Work highlights Advised the Financial Markets Authority on two High Court civil proceedings it brought against former executives of the formerly NZX and ASX-listed company CBL Corporation, whose collapse in February 2018 was one of the largest corporate failures in New Zealand's history.

Notable practitioners


Anne Callinan
combines her role as Simpson Grierson chair with a busy practice as a "well-established and experienced litigator."Best known for her competition expertise, she also advises on a varied range of consumer and securities-related matters and on regulatory issues.

Practice head
Jania Baigent
is "highly recommended"by clients, not only as a "friendly and very knowledgeable"partner who is "always happy to take your call," but also as a source of advice that is both "prudent and pragmatic." She is notably active on insurance, defamation and privacy-related issues.


Richard Lange
is a highly respected former practice head who continues to play leading roles on key mandates, notably including those concerning complex contractual disputes. He also advises extensively on banking, insurance and professional liability and negligence issues.