DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Simpson Grierson

Dispute Resolution

4 ranked lawyersBand 2, Spotlight TableNew ZealandGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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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.

Foreign desks

A well-regarded group of practitioners offering advice on a wide range of matters. Regularly provides commercial dispute resolution expertise on trusts, insolvency, environmental law matters as well as regulatory investigations in Samoa and the Cook Islands. Auckland-based Ben Upton is a key contact.

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.

Auckland-based Ben Upton is particularly active on contentious matters in Samoa and the Cook Islands. He focuses on banking litigation, with further expertise in employment and trust-related disputes.

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.

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New Zealand

Dispute Resolution


Anne Callinan
Eminent Practitioners
Ben Upton
Foreign expert for Pacific Islands
Jania Baigent
Band 4
Richard Lange
Senior Statespeople