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Wilson Harle

Dispute Resolution

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

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What the team is known for

Boutique litigation practice with a high-end capability spanning commercial, regulatory and public law disputes. Maintains a high-calibre team of advocates who represent a distinguished client base from the energy, financial services, healthcare, media and telecommunications, and property sectors. Notably experienced in the handling of corporate governance disputes and active on behalf of regional public sector bodies.

Strengths

A client particularly values the fact that "they have taken the time to appreciate our company culture, complex systems and processes, priorities and risk tolerance, so when they advise us, it's always through a strategic lens and requires little translation for the benefit of the decision makers."

Work highlights

Acted for the New Zealand Retail Property Group in a dispute with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport over the design and construction of Westgate town centre.

Notable practitioners

Allison Ferguson commands widespread market respect as an "extraordinary operator" and a "very incisive practitioner with a very fine legal mind." An experienced handler of litigation at all court levels, and of alternative dispute resolution procedures, she is described by a client as an adviser with "deep expertise" and "excellent instincts" who "understands our needs, is excellent on litigation strategy and always has an instant, solid answer to a curly question."

Chris Browne brings to the table over 30 years' experience of the handling of commercial and public law litigation at all court levels. An interviewee, who has seen him in action and "would really rate him," emphasises his "very good judgement" and observes: "If he were at the Bar, he'd have taken silk a long time ago." His broad-ranging practice includes frequent involvement in contractual, shareholding and product liability matters.

Felicity Monteiro attracts high praise from clients, one of whom notes that she "has razor-sharp intelligence and is great on process, sifting through vast quantities of information and marshalling the evidence," while another reports: "She has great judgement and is someone whom you can completely rely on, which means a lot." Her litigation experience includes contractual, insolvency and trust-related issues and matters arising from the insurance, shipping and telecommunications sectors. 

Ian Denton is active in a variety of areas of commercial litigation, enjoying a particularly high reputation for his handling of competition and insurance-related disputes. He also advises on product liability and contentious contractual matters.

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New Zealand

Dispute Resolution


Allison Ferguson
Band 1
Chris Browne
Band 3
Felicity Monteiro
Up and Coming
Ian Denton
Band 3