Hamish advises on a range of commercial and corporate disputes, with a particular focus on regulatory, company and commercial, and construction disputes.

Hamish joined the Gilbert Walker team after completing his LLM at the University of Cambridge, and has appeared in High Court and appellate hearings, arbitrations, and other contractual dispute resolution forums.

Prior to joining Gilbert Walker, Hamish worked at Shortland Chambers as a junior barrister, and as a Judges’ Clerk at the Court of Appeal. During 2018, he worked at barristers’ chambers in London as a Pegasus Scholar.

Hamish is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the WM Tapp Studentship in Law from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He has been awarded the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award and the New Zealand Law Society’s Hon Rex Mason Prize in Legal Writing.


  • LLB (Hons) / BA (Auckland) LLM (Cambridge)

  • Admitted to the Bar in 2012


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

  • acting for a major bank in relation to a litigation funded class action brought by investors following the collapse of Ross Asset Management, a financial adviser revealed to have been running New Zealand’s largest Ponzi scheme

  • 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

  • acting for the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated on public interest appeals in respect of environmental matters