Profile

Iva is a specialist in commercial litigation. Her particular expertise is in large-scale company and commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and insurance litigation. Iva is listed for commercial and regulatory disputes in the Dispute Resolution section of the Chambers & Partners directory and is described by clients as having a “top-quality, analytical brain with great confidence in her ability”.

Iva represents clients in civil proceedings, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, and appears both in the courts and in arbitrations including as lead or sole counsel.

Iva has been in practice for over 15 years. A partner at Gilbert Walker since joining in 2016, Iva came to us after six years as a senior litigation associate at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Prior to that, she worked as a criminal barrister assisting Paul Davison QC and as a Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court.

Iva is a member of the NZLS Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee, NZ Insurance Law Association, Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association, International Law Association and NZ Federation of Graduate Women.

Credentials

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

  • Admitted to the Bar in 2004

Experience

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

  • regularly acting for companies and individuals in connection with regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, Serious Fraud Office, Reserve Bank of New Zealand and other regulators

  • regularly advising insurers on indemnity issues and defending claims against their insureds relating to professional liability, statutory liability, public/product liability, directors and officers’ insurance as well as property and general insurance

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

  • acted for a real estate agency in defending a claim under the Fair Trading Act 1986 alleging misrepresentations as to the stock carrying capacity of a farming property

  • acting for a national law firm in defending a claim brought by a former client for losses resulting from an allegedly defective employee incentive scheme

  • defended a firm of accountants from a claim brought by investors following the collapse of a group of companies, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to preparation and distribution of the group’s financial accounts

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

  • acting for a large national supplier in relation to a Commerce Commission investigation into the promotion and advertising of building products

  • acting for banking, financial and lending institutions in responding to investigations by the Commerce Commission into alleged breaches of disclosure requirements under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003

  • advising financial institutions on conduct and culture issues arising from the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and the Conduct and Culture Inquiry carried out by the Financial Markets Authority and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

  • acted for a water filtration company in a Commerce Commission prosecution alleging unsubstantiated and misleading claims in breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986

  • acted for a technology company in an investigation and prosecution brought by the Commerce Commission for breaches of disclosure obligations under the Fair Trading Act 1986

  • acted for certain directors, officers and managers of Pike River Coal Limited in the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy

  • regularly acting for companies and individuals in connection with regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, Serious Fraud Office, Reserve Bank of New Zealand and other regulator

  • 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

  • defended a firm of accountants from a claim brought by investors alleging misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to preparation and distribution of financial accounts for a group of companies which collapsed

  • advising clients and industry bodies on strategic and legal risks arising from class actions and funded claims

  • acting for an international insurance broker in respect of claims arising from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake

  • advising an insurer on indemnity and liability issues arising from discharges of slash, logging debris and waste by forestry companies following a major storm event near Tolaga Bay in June 2018

  • regularly advising insurers on indemnity issues and defending claims against their insureds relating to professional liability, statutory liability, public/product liability, directors and officers’ insurance as well as property and general insurance

  • regularly acting for insured professionals such as lawyers and accountants in defending sensitive and high value claims and procuring their resolution on a confidential basis

  • representing lawyers facing complaints to the New Zealand Law Society and disciplinary proceedings before the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal

  • regularly advising insurers on indemnity issues and defending claims against their insureds relating to professional liability, statutory liability, public/product liability, and directors and officers’ insurance

  • 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

  • acted for an employee of a transport company in relation to a WorkSafe investigation arising out of a fatal bus crash

  • acting for corporations and individuals, across a wide range of industries, including construction, transport, manufacturing, forestry and mining, who are subject to WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions, and inquiries

  • acting for overseas-based beneficiaries of a multi-million dollar trust in relation to removal and retirement of a trustee and the trustee's security over foreign trust assets

  • acting for a beneficiary of high value family trusts in proceedings raising complex issues of capacity and undue influence in the context of testamentary dispositions

  • acted for an executor of a deceased estate seeking to set aside a transfer of an insurance policy, involving issues of capacity, undue influence and broker liability