Our expertise

We work closely with clients to ensure the best personalised care while utilising our combined expertise to deliver outstanding legal and commercial advice and advocacy.

  • Development Auckland Ltd (formerly Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Ltd) v Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd [2017] 1 NZLR 48 (SC); [2016] 2 NZLR 281 (CA); (2014) 15 NZCPR 391 (HC)

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

  • Skyward Aviation 2008 Ltd v Tower Insurance Ltd [2015] 1 NZLR 341 (SC); [2014] 2 NZLR 713 (CA); [2013] NZHC 1856

    Acting for an insurer in a leading test case on the operation of total replacement policy for residential insureds in the context of Christchurch earthquake claims

  • Houghton v Saunders [2019] NZCA 506 and (2019) NZCA 404

    Acted for directors in the Feltex IPO class action on appeals concerning whether their affirmative defences under s 63 of the Securities Act 1978 should be permitted to go to trial and on the admissibility of the plaintiff's expert evidence as to loss

  • Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated & Ors v Rangitira Developments Ltd [2018] NZCA 445

    Acting for the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated in an appeal about the interpretation of provisions of the Crown Minerals Act 1991 and Reserves Act 1977 in relation to a proposed coal mine on reserve land

  • Hojsgaard v Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand [2019] NZCA 84

    Acted for a cadastral surveyor resisting an appeal against the dismissal of allegations that he had breached professional standards in surveying of a block of Maori land

  • Myall v Tower Insurance Ltd [2017] NZCA 561 (leave to appeal to Supreme Court refused)

    Acted for an insurer in an appeal concerning the nature and extent of its obligation to pay full replacement value for a heritage property destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes

  • Green v Green [2016] NZCA 486; [2017] NZLR 321

    Acted for a beneficiary of high value family trusts in proceedings to remove trustees that raised complex issues of capacity and undue influence in the context of trusts and testamentary dispositions

  • Tower Insurance Ltd v Domenico Trustee Ltd [2015] NZCA 372; [2015] NZHC 981

    Acted for an insurer in an appeal concerning the insurer’s right to elect to settle a claim by reinstatement or by payment and the obligation of the High Court to decide cases in accordance with the pleadings

  • Hotchin v NZGT & Perpetual Trust Ltd [2014] 3 NZLR 685 (CA); [2014] 3 NZLR 655 (HC)

    Acting for a corporate trustee in defending a third party claim by a finance company director for contribution to his alleged liabilities to investors

  • Law v TAN Corporate Trustee Ltd [2013] 1 NZLR 651

    Acted for the owners of residential apartments in a damaged multi-storey unit title development in an appeal concerning the apportionment of repair costs among all unit owners

  • i-Health Ltd v iSoft NZ Ltd [2012] 1 NZLR 379

    Acted for the vendor of a healthcare information software business in an appeal concerning the scope of a clause limiting the liability of the purchaser of the business for breach of an all reasonable endeavours obligation supporting the purchaser’s earn-out of the purchase price

  • ANZ National Bank Ltd v Tower Insurance Ltd [2010] NZCA 267

    Acting for an insurer in a contractual dispute with a major bank over the ownership of bank-branded insurance policies following termination of the agency relationship

  • Focus Construction Interiors Ltd v Spaceworks Design Group Ltd [2019] NZHC 2211

    Acted for a commercial design business defending allegations at trial that it had breached an obligation to make reasonable endeavours to refer to work to the plaintiff construction firm

  • Houghton v Saunders [2019] NZHC 2007, [2019] NZHC 1062 and [2019] NZHC 1061

    Acted for directors in the Feltex IPO class action in numerous pre-trial applications concerning whether their affirmative defences should be permitted to go to trial, the admissibility of the plaintiff’s quantum evidence, security for costs and other matters

  • Hojsgaard v Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand [2018] NZHC 750

    Acted for a cadastral surveyor at trial on technically-complex claims for declarations alleging defects in a cadastral survey of a block of Maori land in the Hokianga

  • Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated & Ors v The Environmental Protection Authority & Anor [2018] NZHC 2217

    Acting for the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated in appealing a decision of the Environmental Protection Authority to grant consent for a proposed seabed ironsands mining operation off the Taranaki coast

  • Kilduff & Anor v Tower Insurance Ltd [2018] NZHC 704

    Acted for an insurer in defending at trial a claim for earthquake damage to a residential property in Canterbury

  • Sadat v Tower Insurance Ltd [2017] NZHC 1550

    Acted for an insurer defending claims at trial brought by a customer alleging that a residential property had been damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes

  • Financial Markets Authority v Warminger [2017] NZHC 327 and [2017] NZHC 1471

    Defended a fund manager in a high profile and market leading proceeding brought by the Financial Markets Authority alleging market manipulation

  • Shields v Hayward & Anor [2017] NZHC 261

    Defended a law firm at trial against claims arising out of the preparation of a will and trust deed for an elderly client

  • Cygnet Farms Limited v ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited [2017] 2 NZLR 538 (HC)

    Defended a major bank against substantial civil claims at trial arising from the sale of interest rate swaps

  • Antons Trawling Ltd v Dawson & Associates Ltd [2016] NZHC 982

    Acted for a maritime lawyer defending claims at trial arising from the sale of a fishing trawler to a Russian buyer

  • Young v Tower Insurance Ltd [2016] NZHC 2956; [2018] 2 NZLR 291

    Acted for an insurer defending claims at trial relating to the scope and cost of reinstatement work to a property damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and the scope of the insurer’s duty of good faith

  • Torchlight Fund No 1 LP (in receivership) v Johnstone [2015] NZHC 2559

    Acted for a borrower in a proceeding concerning whether a late payment fee under a loan agreement was an unenforceable penalty

  • Auckland Regional Rescue Helicopter Trust v Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board [2014] NZHC 647

    Acted for the Rescue Helicopter Trust in a judicial review challenging the Funding Board’s decision to reduce its annual grant

  • InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd v Nakedbus NZ Ltd [2014] 3 NZLR 177 (HC)

    Acted for Nakedbus in a trade mark dispute over advertising using Google AdWords

  • Perpetual Trust Ltd v Capital + Merchant Finance Ltd (in rec and in liq) [2013] NZHC 2320

    Acted for a corporate trustee seeking the appointment of the Public Trust as the replacement trustee to a failed finance company

  • O’Loughlin v Tower Insurance Ltd [2013] 3 NZLR 275

    Acted for an insurer in a test case concerning whether a house within the residential ‘red zone’ in Christchurch was a constructive total loss as a result of the Government’s decision to offer to purchase all insured properties within the zone

  • Edenz Colleges Ltd v Chief Executive of MBIE [2012] NZHC 3452

    Acted for a private training establishment in a judicial review challenging a decision by Immigration New Zealand and NZQA on the grounds that they had breached its rights to natural justice

  • SEA Management Singapore Pte Ltd v Professional Service Brokers Ltd (2012)

    Acted for shareholders opposing an application to liquidate a substantial holding company on the basis that the shareholder-appointed directors were deadlocked

  • National Finance 2000 Ltd (in rec and in liq) v William Buck New Zealand Ltd (2011)

    Acted for the corporate trustee of a finance company’s publicly-issued debt securities in a proceeding concerning duties allegedly owned by the trustee to the issuer of the securities

  • DNZ Property Fund Management Ltd v Argosy Property Management Ltd (2011)

    Acted for the manager of a substantial property trust in opposing an application for injunction brought by an organization opposed to proposals to internalize the trust’s management function

  • Russell v Robinson [2011] 2 NZLR 424

    Acted for the owner of a commercial building in relation to claims concerning whether a fire had rendered the premises untenantable resulting in termination of a lease

  • Radisich v Templeton [2009] 3 NZLR 276

    Acted for a barrister applying to strike out a claim that he owned a duty of care to his client’s adversary

  • Falun Dafa Association of New Zealand Inc v Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade Trust [2009] NZAR 122; (2008) 8 HRNZ 680

    Acted for the organisers of the Auckland Christmas Parade in a judicial review concerning whether they were required to allow a particular group to participate in the parade