& commercial

What we do

We act for corporates, financial institutions, insurers, and their directors, officers, and employees in high profile and complex commercial disputes across a wide range of industries.

How we help

Working closely with our clients and their in-house teams, we provide strategic and practical advice that helps clients achieve their commercial objectives. We aim to maximise the prospects of early resolution and mitigate the risk of dispute escalation.

Our lawyers are experienced advocates before the courts at all levels, in arbitrations, mediations and other dispute resolution forums. We have the resources to handle disputes of any size, including large-scale, document-intensive matters.


  • acting for Jones Lang LaSalle in recovering a substantial commission payable on the lease of the site of the Kumeu Film Studio to Auckland Unlimited

  • advising on a wide range of issues arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including force majeure and material adverse change clauses, frustration and cancellation rights, liquidated damages and penalties, statutory demands and other insolvency procedures

  • acting for former directors of Feltex in the liability and loss phase of the $200m class action brought on behalf of more than 3,600 shareholder claimants arising from the Feltex IPO in 2004

  • advising a major listed issuer on numerous disputes arising out of a $450m construction project suffering significant delays and cost overruns

  • advising lenders on internal and external investigations relating to compliance with the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act

  • acting for a professional services firm in relation to civil claims and regulatory investigations following the collapse of a listed company causing significant losses to investors

  • defending a major bank against substantial civil claims arising from the sale of interest rate swaps

  • acting for a borrower in proceedings concerning whether a $30m late payment fee was an unenforceable penalty

  • acting for a local government organisation seeking to claim from Mobil Oil the substantial cost of cleaning up contaminated land on the Auckland waterfront