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Clive is a barrister, patent attorney and arbitrator. Before going to the Bar, he was a partner and headed the litigation team at Baldwin Shelston Waters.
Clive is currently President of the New Zealand Bar Association.
He is a past Council Member of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also a past co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the IBA and a past president of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).
He was convenor of the Intellectual Property Committee of the New Zealand Law Society for a period of 10 years.
He is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis loose-leaf texts: Copyright and Design; and Patents and Trade Marks.
He has in the past been a part time lecturer in the post-graduate Masters course at both the Department of Law and the Department of Commercial Law at Auckland University and has taught the course "Selected Aspects of IP".
He is a frequent writer and commentator on IP and information technology issues and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Intellectual Property Forum.
He is named in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers, the International Who's Who of Internet & E-Commerce Lawyers and the World Trademark Review's World's Leading Trademark Professionals.
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%.
Daniel McLellan QC is a broad civil, commercial and media law barrister. He specializes in trial and appellate advocacy and advice in most fields but particularly media, commercial, property and insurance law.
In the last few years he has appeared in numerous High Court trials including as counsel for a defendant in the long running Houghton v Saunders (Feltex) shareholders’ class action, the appeals from that matter to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and in all courts in Trust Power v Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
In 2018 he was counsel for one of the successful defendants in a competition case brought by the Commerce Commission against real estate agencies alleging price fixing (Commerce Commission v Lodge Real Estate Ltd).
He has been involved in many media cases involving most issues affecting old and new media including defamation, suppression, contempt, privacy and central government election issues.
Daniel accepts arbitral engagements as counsel and arbitrator and has represented parties in litigation in overseas jurisdictions including the Cook Islands and Tonga.
Daniel regularly advises professionals, businesses and their insurers in relation to professional negligence, insurance coverage, conflicts and other ethical issues. He advises insurers and reinsurers on all areas of liability, general and life insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability and professional indemnity. He accepts instructions from insureds and insurers.
He also takes instructions in relations to regulatory investigations including financial markets and competition, and criminal and civil proceedings arising out of such matters.
Daniel is the 2018 Director of the New Zealand Law Society’s Litigation Skills Programme.
My practice principally involves commercial dispute work. I have had a particular focus on contractual disputes, tort, construction and structural engineering issues, regulatory matters, including trade practices, judicial review and property disputes. I recently acted for TVNZ in the Sky TV copyright litigation, now settled. I have a specialist practice in defamation. I have acted for the Commerce Commission on a number of major consumer protection proceedings, including 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 intellectual property litigation, contract disputes, insurance matters, company and shareholder disputes, and commercial lease disputes. 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).
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.
She has acted on large scale commercial disputes and in private domestic and international arbitration. She accepts appointment as an Arbitrator.
Jane has a passion for running and has competed in numerous marathons and half-marathons. She is kept grounded by her teenage daughters who constantly remind her that they are above the law.
Andrew is an experienced commercial barrister, appearing in all the primary courts of New Zealand. He has been counsel in many significant pieces of commercial litigation (see Case History).
Andrew’s practice covers most areas of commercial dispute, 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. For a summary of some of his more recent instructions see Selected 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.
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 commercial and civil litigator with significant experience across many aspects of the law. This has enabled Sandra to bring a a unique perspective to her cases. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1988, she is known for taking on challenging cases 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. She is fully committed to her clients’ causes and their success.
Sandra has significant experience in commercial and business disputes (involving for example, contracts, shareholder and business purchase issues) in cases about land law (such as vendor/purchaser, unit titles, cross leases, leaky homes encroachment and Maori land law) construction, equity and trust law (including wills and estates) and statutory and public law.
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 began his career at Bell Gully. His experience includes two years at the Court of Appeal, where he clerked for Justice Chambers, and four years at an international law firm in London, where his practice focused on international litigation and arbitration.
If you want to know a bit more about me, please read on, but I think the best way to know me, and to understand whether I can help you or your client, is to have a conversation.
What I do and how I go about doing it has to be all about you: what motivates you, what you want to achieve. My role is really to understand that, and to try to help you to get there. But not in just any old way, in the best way for you. That might mean you need to go to court, or it might not. Ending up in court is not always the best way to go. Ending up in court can be sub-optimal. But sometimes you have to do what you have to do. If push comes to shove and you need someone to argue in court, that is part of what I do. The bottom line is that the challenges you have right now are special to you. And so too are the solutions to those challenges. Together we will have a good hard look at the challenges you face, and together we will find solutions to them.
But enough about you, more about me…
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.
Nura practices commercial and civil litigation. She receives instructions in a wide range of areas, with a focus on contract, negligence, intellectual property, employment, human rights, privacy, media, trust, and relationship property matters.
Nura conducts litigation that is efficient and client-focused. She also provides advisory services, and will work with clients to resolve disputes outside of court where possible.
Nura has appeared before most of New Zealand’s courts and specialist tribunals. Her experience includes trial and appellate work.
Robert is an experienced litigator who specialises in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on defamation and media law including copyright, privacy, and contempt. Robert advises a number of New Zealand’s major online, print and broadcast media, and has led and appeared in a number of significant media law cases. He also regularly provides advice to New Zealand film production companies.
In addition to his media law expertise, Robert is experienced in the areas of insolvency and liquidation, judicial review, and trust and estate litigation.
Prior to moving to the independent bar at Shortland Chambers, Robert was a litigation partner for 20 years at the highly respected Wellington firm Izard Weston.
Robert is a faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Litigation Skills Programme and has contributed to legal education as a presenter to the CLE Media Law seminars.