Profile

Alex advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes with significant expertise in insurance and professional liability cases, as well as WorkSafe prosecutions and investigations. He is listed by Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation’ lawyer in dispute resolution.

Alex joined Gilbert Walker after graduation and returned to the firm in 2013 after working in London as part of the commercial litigation team at Allen & Overy.

Alex has appeared as sole counsel in High Court and Tribunal hearings, and has experience in High Court trials and appellate instructions. While in London, he acted on a number of large disputes, including on behalf of major banks and a European multinational aerospace manufacturer.

Alex graduated at the top of his law school class and was awarded a number of academic prizes. He won the Greg Everard Memorial Moot and represented New Zealand at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.

Credentials

  • LLB (Hons) / BCom (Auckland) LLM (NYU) (Fulbright Scholar)

  • Admitted in New Zealand (2009) and New York (2012)

Experience

  • acting for a private equity firm in a legally and factually complex claim seeking substantial losses arising from a failed purchase of an iron ore mine

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

  • acting for a glass products company in relation to an investigation and prosecution brought by Worksafe arising out of a workplace accident resulting in serious injury to a worker

  • successfully represented a client under investigation by Worksafe for breaches of the Health and Safety At Work Act in relation to an accident arising out of use of earthmoving equipment, which has resulted in no charges being laid

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