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Clive is a registered patent attorney, barrister and arbitrator. Before going to the Bar, he was a partner and headed the litigation team at Baldwin Shelston Waters.
Clive is the President of the NZ Bar Association and a Council Member of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Law Society.
Alan attended Auckland Grammar School before commencing his law degree at Auckland University where he graduated with LLB (Hons). He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1967 and attended Oxford University where he gained a BCL in 1970. Alan went to the Bar in 1979 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1987.
Whilst dedicating most of his time to the Law, Alan has maintained his passion for athletics and is a keen runner, successfully competing in World Masters Championships over the years. He is also known for his interest in horse racing and breeding and is proud to be part owner of a successful stud farm in the Waikato.
I act for and advise clients on a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, and appear regularly in the High Court and appellate courts.
I was previously an academic, first at the University of Nottingham, and then at the University of Auckland, where I was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. From 1998 until 2008 I combined my academic career with practice as a barrister. My practice, teaching, and research has focused on contract law, insurance law, company law, securities regulation, and land law. My research on those subjects has been published in leading texts, as well as in the Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Insurance Law Journal, and the New Zealand Law Review.
Since 2008 I have practised full time at the bar.
I act for clients on a wide range of civil and commercial matters.
I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1981 and became a specialist barrister in 1987. I joined Shortland Chambers in 1989. I have appeared as senior counsel in literally hundreds of cases in the High Court, the appellant courts and in arbitrations. I have extensive mediation experience. I provide opinions and advice and am available to act as an arbitrator.
In 2013 I was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
My success rate in the Court of Appeal alone is more than 80%.
I have a generalist litigation practice with a particular focus on commercial/contractual disputes, tort, construction and structural engineering issues, regulatory matters, including trade practices, defamation, privacy and related media areas, judicial review and property disputes. I have acted for the Commerce Commission on a number of major matters, most recently in litigation over the fees provisions in the Credit Contracts Consumer Finance Act 2003, where the Supreme Court has upheld the Commission’s position on the interpretation of the CCCFA.
I attended Takapuna Grammar School, the University of Auckland and the University of Pennsylvania. I have taught at law schools in New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
Tom practises in most areas of civil litigation, but with a particular focus on trusts, equity and insolvency matters.
He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is the New Zealand country correspondent for Trusts & Trustees, which is a leading international journal on trust law and practice.
Adam practises in civil, corporate, and commercial law (including insurance), and regulatory crime (securities, corporate, trade practices, environmental).
Adam attended Auckland Grammar School and thereafter the University of Auckland, where he completed his degree in 1988. Adam then worked as a judges' clerk in the High Court at Auckland, before joining the litigation department of Kensington Swan in 1991. He completed a master's degree at the University of Virginia in 1992, and returned to Kensington Swan where he appeared - both with senior advocates and alone - in numerous courts and tribunals throughout the country.
Adam joined Chapman Tripp's litigation department as a partner in 1996, where he worked for the next 18 years on cases great and small, and on corporate/commercial advisory matters. For some years Adam has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as a "Band 1" lawyer in litigation and dispute resolution, and in insurance. Adam commenced practice as a barrister sole at Shortland Chambers in March 2015.
Nic practises in most areas of civil and commercial litigation and in employment law. He has extensive trial experience and is known for his client skills and advocacy. He is an accredited mediator (CEDR).
Nic has acted for and provided strategic advice to clients on a wide range of issues and disputes, appearing as counsel as required. He has represented clients in many courts and tribunals and often in long and complex cases.
Nic has advised and represented a range of clients, including in his experience work for individuals, government departments, national and international companies, insurers, investment companies, banks, local authorities, manufacturers, retailers, trustees, and sporting clubs.
In appropriate cases, Nic will take instructions directly from clients, without an instructing solicitor. He can advise clients whether it is appropriate for them.
Between 2001 and 2010, Nic practised from Tanfield Chambers, a leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers in London. He remains an associate member of Tanfield Chambers.
Daisy's practice covers advice and advocacy in a broad range of commercial disputes, including high-profile intellectual property litigation, judicial review, contract disputes, Construction Contract Act claims and insurance matters. She has also advised and acted in connection with both seeking and opposing applications for interim relief and has been appointed by the New Zealand Courts as independent counsel to supervise the execution of search orders (formerly known as Anton Piller orders).
Outside work Daisy is a keen skier and maintains an interest in good food and fine wine following a former career as a hotelier with Regent Four Seasons and The Landmark London.
Peter joined Shortland Chambers in 1998 prior to which he was a partner at Grove Darlow & Partners. A graduate of the University of Auckland, he gained a Senior Law Prize in 1984 and subsequently an LLM Hons. He specialises in civil and commercial litigation including construction disputes.
Peter's experience includes vendor and purchaser and other land law issues; tort liability; company, director and shareholder disputes; wills and trusts; insurance; insolvency; financial and general commercial disputes.
In his spare time Peter enjoys boating, skiing and travelling.
My practice is focused on commercial cases in the High Court. Prior to joining Shortland Chambers in 2016, I was a partner for eight years at Gilbert Walker, a specialist litigation firm.
In the past few years I have acted in various civil and criminal cases arising from finance company collapses; in the ongoing Green trust litigation and the Torchlight penalty fee litigation; regularly for a major liability insurer and one of the country's largest banks; and for several prominent law and accounting firms. Earlier in my career I worked at the Court of Appeal as Judge's Clerk to the late Sir Ivor Richardson, at Russell McVeagh, and for four years in the litigation team at Herbert Smith in London.
I hold a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland, where I graduated top of my law school year, and an LLM from Harvard University, which I attended as a Fulbright Scholar. I was admitted to the bar in New Zealand in 1998, in New York in 2003, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003. I have been listed as a leading individual in Who's Who Legal, Chambers, and the Legal 500. I have contributed to legal education and the profession as a lecturer at the University of Auckland, as a faculty member on the Litigation Skills course, and as a Law Society Standards Committee member.
Kevin practises in the area of commercial disputes. He holds a Masters degree in law from the University of Cambridge, presents lectures and seminars to practitioners and students and writes for a number of legal publications. He regularly advises on complex commercial disputes and acts as counsel on trial and appellate cases.
He has particular expertise in intellectual property and has acted as counsel in cases involving copyright, trade mark infringement and registrability (including IPONZ oppositions), patents, design rights, passing off, the Fair Trading Act, domain name issues and breach of confidence. He regularly advises acts on interim injunction disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. He was named as a “Recommended” barrister for intellectual property and TMT disputes in New Zealand by Doyle’s Guide in 2016.
Jane provides direct and pragmatic advice to individual and corporate clients across a wide range of practice areas. She is experienced in litigation of all sizes and at all court levels, primarily in commercial, corporate, insurance, contract, regulatory, trust and property matters.
In the last three years she has appeared as counsel in four Supreme Court cases (one as lead counsel) and six Court of Appeal cases (two as lead or sole counsel). She has acted in large scale commercial disputes in the High Court, and in private domestic and international arbitration.
Jane has a passion for running and has competed in numerous marathons and half-marathons. She is kept grounded by her pre-teen daughters who constantly remind her that they are above the law.
Andrew practises in most areas of civil litigation. He is an experienced advocate in the primary courts of first instance and appeal, and has appeared as counsel in some of New Zealand's most significant pieces of commercial litigation over the last 20 years (see Case History).
Andrew's core areas of practice cover the range of commercial disputes, including contract and tort claims, trust litigation, company and shareholder disputes, insolvency (corporate and personal), financial services, construction law, professional liability, land law, disciplinary tribunals and the like. A summary of the cases he has been involved in over the last few years gives some idea of his more recent experience (see Recent cases).
David was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Concordia University in Montreal where he graduated with distinction in 1983.
He attended the Faculty of Law at McGill University (also in Montreal) where he obtained an LLB and a BCL, graduating with Second Class Honours in 1988.
David emigrated to New Zealand in 1989. He has worked in law since that time and began practice as a Barrister in May 2003.
David became a member of Shortland Chambers in 2008. David provides advisory and advocacy services to a diverse range of commercial, institutional and private clients.
John attended Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a law degree. He first commenced practice in a mid-sized litigation firm in Wellington where he later became the Senior Common Law Partner.
John joined the independent Bar in 1989 and took silk in 1996.
John has very wide experience in all forms of litigation and in particular in trial work where he has acted as senior counsel in a number of nationally significant cases.
Whilst John dedicates most of his time to the law he has a background in representative golf, motor sport and currently is an avid sailor.
John’s interest in sport has led to his having a significant involvement in sports law issues.
John acts as pro bono counsel for the S.P.C.A.
Greg is a specialist commercial litigator. He has the skill and experience needed to successfully resolve every kind of business dispute.
He is expert in resolving disputes concerning:
Greg appears at all levels of the New Zealand courts. He is also well-versed in alternative methods of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
Before joining the independent bar in 2008 Greg was a litigation partner of the firm Kensington Swan.
Paul has been a Litigation partner at Glaister Ennor, Auckland, since June 1993 (senior litigation partner since 1999), acting in a wide range of legal subject-matter typically arising in an established urban law firm with a large client base in property and commercial work, estates and trusts, and with an independent litigation practice.
Paul is also an experienced arbitrator in commercial disputes.
Marc is an experienced trial lawyer with a broad practice that includes general civil and commercial disputes; civil and criminal regulatory proceedings; fraud and other criminal prosecutions.
John joined Shortland Chambers in April 2015, after eight years as a partner at Meredith Connell.
John's practice combines his expertise in three key areas:
John has extensive experience as a trial and appellate advocate. He has appeared at all levels of courts in New Zealand.
Sandra is a senior barrister at Shortland Chambers. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1988. She received comprehensive training and experience as a litigator at Russell McVeagh between 1987 and 1991, where she worked for specialist litigation, property and intellectual property partners. She has practised as a commercial and civil barrister in New Zealand since 1991 and was admitted in 2000 to practise at the bar in NSW, Australia.
She is known for being willing to take on challenging cases for clients that test the boundaries of the law, and for being robust and decisive in her advice. Many of her cases have involved novel issues and decisions.
Rodney is a mediator, arbitrator and former High Court judge. He retired from his role as judge in 2014 and has since established a practice in the specialist areas of mediation and arbitration. His extensive background experience - and the insights and wisdom gained - as a former barrister and judge also make him particularly suited to provide expert determinations, evaluations and, for individual parties, opinions and strategic litigation advice. He undertakes these roles for the resolution of a wide range of disputes including commercial and contractual, relationship property, trusts, and commercial and residential property.
Prior to being appointed as a High Court Judge, Rodney operated an extensive civil litigation and family law practice. For most of his 14 years as judge he served as a divisional member of the Court of Appeal and as a Commercial List Judge. This included some years as the supervising judge of the Commercial List. As a judge he exercised criminal and civil jurisdiction at first instance and on appeal.
Bob provides expert legal representation in dispute litigation. He has specific interests in contract, torts (particularly misrepresentation and negligence), restitution, company and commercial disputes, and insolvency. As well as representing clients in court and in arbitrations, Bob provides strategic advice and proactive management of resolving disputes and anticipated disputes. He is conscious of client goals and constructs a strategy to achieve these.
Jenny is an experienced litigator specialising in company and securities law, fair trading and consumer finance law, competition law, and insolvency. She has acted for both corporate clients and individuals involved in investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission and Financial Markets Authority, as well as advising and acting in a wide range of commercial disputes and insolvency related matters.
Honor acts in both criminal and civil cases, with a particular focus on serious fraud.
Honor has worked in prosecution in Wellington as a Crown Prosecutor and in New York as a Consultant to the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office. In Wellington, Honor regularly appeared in the District Court and High Court as both sole and junior counsel, and also advised on maritime, tax, health and safety and health law matters. In New York, she worked on New York County’s largest ever fraud case in terms of number of defendants.
Honor has a special interest in public international law and human rights law. Prior to joining Chambers she worked as a defence lawyer at the International Criminal Court (The Prosecutor v William Samoei Ruto and Johsua arap Sang – ‘Kenya 1’ case). The charges against her client were dismissed in April 2016. She has also completed pro-bono work for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, International Committee of the Red Cross and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Honor has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Otago and received a number of class rankings. At Columbia University, she was the W. Bayard Cutting Jr Fellow for International Law, a James Kent Scholar (A – A+ average) and was the recipient of a William Georgetti Scholarship from New Zealand.
James undertakes a broad range of commercial work in both litigation and arbitration. His practice has an emphasis on contract, insurance, equity and trusts, regulatory and international law matters.
James graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in Law and Arts (history and politics). He won numerous academic prizes, as well as the premier national and university mooting competitions. James also has a first class LLM degree from the University of Cambridge, which he attended as a WM Tapp scholar.
James’s experience includes two years at the Court of Appeal, where he clerked for the Hon. Robert Chambers, and four years at an international law firm in London, where his practice focused on international litigation and arbitration.
David is an experienced trial and appellate advocate who appears in the courts at all levels, in arbitrations and before specialist tribunals. David has a general civil litigation practice with a particular focus on complex contractual disputes, company and securities law, takeovers, competition law, regulatory investigations and class actions.
David graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1991. After a brief period at Bell Gully, he completed a PhD in law at the University of Cambridge and spent a year lecturing at the University of Chicago Law School. He then returned to Bell Gully where he was a litigation partner for 14 years before commencing practice as a barrister sole at Shortland Chambers in 2017.
For several years David has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “Band 1” litigation lawyer and in 2016 was named Disputes Star of the Year for New Zealand at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards.