We are a specialist advisory and dispute resolution practice with extensive experience as advisors and advocates in complex litigation and regulatory matters. Our clients include major corporates, financial institutions, insurers and professional firms.
We focus on providing strategic and practical advice, and outstanding advocacy, that helps our clients achieve their commercial objectives. We appear as advocates at all levels of the courts and other dispute resolution forums. Our clients trust us to deliver across all their disputed matters, from the day-to-day to the largest and most strategically significant.
Client and peer feedback in the Chambers & Partners and Legal500 directories describes us as “very smart people who think at a high level and are able to transition complex issues quickly into action“; our partner team as “the strongest of any in New Zealand“; “one of the best boutique litigation firms in the country: incredibly efficient with outstanding client service and legal expertise“; “good to deal with” and “good value for money“.
We were awarded Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year at the 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 NZ Law Awards.
We work as closely and collaboratively with our clients as we do with each other. This approach ensures a high level of care and involvement from partners, as well as an in-depth understanding of what success means to our clients.
We’re equally comfortable working alongside in-house teams, clients’ external corporate and project lawyers, counsel, or taking counsel briefs directly from other firms.
We believe that smart can be simple. We’re open and willing to innovate to get the best results, and we’re agile enough to handle disputes of any size, including large-scale, document-intensive litigation and investigations.
Our collaborative and empathetic approach ensures that we put our clients’ needs first and look for innovative ways of achieving their objectives.
We have adopted the NZLS Gender Equality Charter and the NZLS/NZBA Gender Equitable Engagement and Instruction Policy.
Our team culture is characterised by excellence, responsiveness, innovation and collaboration.
We were one of the first law firms to pioneer an open plan office and our equally open attitude means that we’re continually looking for ways to innovate and collaborate. We know the value of bringing the right minds together at the right moment.
We’re approachable, personable and genuinely care about doing a good job and looking after our clients and each other.
Gilbert Walker is in my view New Zealand’s premier litigation firm— Legal 500 Directory
Top quality expertise in a modern collaborative practice— Legal 500 Directory
A heavyweight practice in the corporate and commercial litigation space— Chambers & Partners
One of, if not the, leading litigation firms in New Zealand— Legal 500 Directory