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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 the immediate past 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 and remains a member of the Intellectual Property Committee.
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. In 1986 he was a founding member of Shortland Chambers.
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, appearing regularly in the High Court and appellate courts. I have particular experience and expertise in appellate work, insurance law, company law, equity, the interpretation of contracts and other documents, remedies, vendor and purchaser, commercial leases, unit titles, and easements and covenants.
I was previously an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland. My research has been published in leading journals such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Insurance Law Journal, and the New Zealand Law Review. I am a co-author of leading texts on company law and land law.
I am an Associate of AMINZ and on its Arbitration Panel.
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.
I am principally involved in commercial dispute work at both trial and appellate levels: contract, tort, construction and structural engineering issues (I was counsel assisting the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failures Caused by the Canterbury Earthquakes), regulatory matters, judicial review and property disputes. I have a substantial specialist practice in defamation, acting for both plaintiff and defendants. I have acted for the Commerce Commission in a number of important consumer protection cases, including proceedings dealing with the fees provisions in the Credit Contracts Consumer Finance Act 2003, where the Supreme Court upheld the Commission’s position on the correct interpretation of the “reasonable fees” provisions in the Act, and proceedings to determine the application of the Act to P2P lending. I am currently acting for the Commission in proceedings under the CCCFA that involve “payday” lending that is to go trial in June 2020.
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. I am a former President of the New Zealand Bar Association.
Adam practises in civil, corporate, and commercial law, and regulatory crime (securities, corporate, trade practices, environmental).
With a career that spans 30 years, Adam has a wealth of knowledge and experience. In 1996, he joined Chapman Tripp’s litigation department as a partner, where he worked for 18 years on a broad range of cases, and on corporate and commercial advisory matters.
During this time, Adam was recognised by Chambers & Partners as a "Band 1" lawyer in litigation, dispute resolution and insurance. Other notable awards include the Cleary Memorial Prize, and Fulbright, Rotary and Spencer Mason Scholarships.
Adam commenced practice as a barrister sole at Shortland Chambers in March 2015. Since then he has enjoyed a diverse civil and commercial law practice. He’s been retained by instructing law firms and in-house corporate lawyers from around the country and appeared regularly in first instance and appellate courts.
Nic practises in most areas of civil/commercial litigation and in employment law. He has extensive trial experience and is known for his client skills and advocacy. He is an accredited and experienced mediator (CEDR).
Nic has acted for and advised clients on a wide range of issues and disputes. 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: government departments, national and international companies, insurers, investment companies, banks, local authorities, manufacturers, retailers, trustees, sporting clubs.
In appropriate cases, Nic will take instructions directly from clients, without an instructing solicitor. He can advise clients whether that 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 specialises in civil, commercial and construction litigation and dispute resolution. Notable recent work includes claims involving the sale and purchase of land, company and shareholder disputes, leaky building and other construction isues, wills and estates.
Peter joined Shortland Chambers in 1998. He brings an analytical approach to litigation with a sharp focus on resolution to the client's best advantage.
Peter has extensive experience in:
He provides opportunities for junior barristers to grow their experience where possible and presents at seminars from time to time.
Peter is a graduate of the University of Auckland, gaining a Senior Prize in Law in 1984 and subsequently an LLM Hons (1st class). He spent four years as a partner at Grove Darlow & Partners. In his spare time Peter enjoys boating, skiing and travelling.
My practice is focused on commercial cases in the High Court. I joined Shortland Chambers in 2016 after eight years as a partner at Gilbert Walker, a specialist litigation firm.
In the past few years I have acted at trial and on appeal in the bank swaps litigation, the Green trust litigation and the Torchlight penalty fee litigation; in the ongoing Fuji Xerox accounting litigation; in civil and criminal cases arising from major corporate collapses; twice as counsel assisting the Court; and in other matters for ANZ Bank, the Commerce Commission, Korda Mentha, Precinct Properties, Vector and Vero Liability. 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 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 recognised as a leading individual in Who’s Who Legal, the Legal 500 and Chambers.
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. I currently sit on the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. I am involved in a range of community projects as a trustee of the Hugo Charitable Trust.
Kevin practises in the area of commercial disputes. About half of his work relates to intellectual property and the other half involves general civil and 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 lead counsel on trial and appellate cases, as well as interim injunction applications.
He is a recognised expert in intellectual property and has acted as sole or lead counsel in high profile 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. Examples of Kevin’s recent cases are set out below. He also adjudicates on domain name disputes as an Expert for the New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner. Kevin has been named as a leading barrister for intellectual property disputes in New Zealand by Doyle’s Guide (2016, 2018) and World Trademark Review (2017, 2018).
Kevin also advises and acts on a wide range of general civil and commercial disputes, mainly relating to land/property (including leases, caveats, agreements for sale and purchase and partition under the Property Law Act), contract and insolvency. Other recent matters include:
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 domestic and international arbitration. She accepts appointments as an Arbitrator and is on the AMINZ Arbitration Panel.
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 trial and appellate advocate. He has a broad practice encompassing most areas of commercial dispute. As well as general contract and tort claims, he has particular interests in the areas of trust and estate litigation, company law, public works compensation, insolvency, construction law, professional liability and land law.
A selection of some of Andrew's more significant instructions can be seen in his Case History.
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 graduated from Victoria University of Wellington 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 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. and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc.
Greg is a specialist commercial litigator with the skill and experience needed to successfully resolve almost any business dispute. He is well-versed in alternative methods of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and appears at all levels of the New Zealand courts.
Curious in nature, Greg is always up for a new challenge. He uses a combination of acumen, practicality, and level-headedness to systematically and expertly resolve disputes concerning:
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 at the start of 2015, after eight years as a partner at the law firm 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.
Bruce is both a trial and appellate advocate.
Bruce practises in a wide range of areas of civil and public law.
Bruce has led trials and hearings in cases involving tort law, contracts of insurance, sale, purchase and valuation of shares in businesses, international trade, ownership of intellectual property, sale of goods, media law and defamation, and trusts.
In public law, Bruce has appeared in cases involving Judicial Review of administrative action, Inquiries, Fisheries, Local Government and property development, political parties and elections.
Bruce has appeared before the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
A former High Court Judge, Rodney has a well-established practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration. After retiring from his role as judge in 2014, Rodney has specialised in alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, dispute and conflict resolution, legal and litigation consulting, expert determinations, and commercial and civil disputes.
Rodney draws on a wide range of experience, insight and wisdom including:
A strong believer in giving back to the profession, Rodney's mentoring experience has ranged from providing informal expert advice to colleagues, to regular support of junior barristers. Outside work Rodney's interests include reading, music, theatre, gardening and yoga.
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 criminal, professional discipline and civil cases, with a particular focus on defending complex regulatory and serious fraud prosecutions.
Since joining the bar in 2015, she has represented clients in a number of high profile criminal cases, including the longest criminal trial in New Zealand’s history (the Financial Markets Authority’s (FMA) prosecution of the directors of Viaduct Capital and Mutual Finance), the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) prosecution of Auckland Transport officials for corruption, the SFO’s prosecution of a $40 million mortgage fraud and the first two prosecutions under the Wine Act 2003. She currently acts for individual and corporate clients being investigated or prosecuted by various regulators.
Honor also has experience in criminal proceeds litigation and defending clients subject to professional discipline proceedings.
In addition, Honor acts in civil cases concerning shareholder disputes, company law, contract claims and breach of fiduciary duties.
Prior to joining the bar, Honor 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. She also worked as a defence lawyer at the International Criminal Court on the ‘Kenya 1’ case.
Honor has a keen interest in international and human rights law. She has 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. She is presently a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Human Rights and Privacy Committee.
Honor has a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Otago and a Masters in Law from Columbia University. At Otago, she was awarded academic prizes, was President of the Society of Otago University Law Students, won the national negotiation competition and came fourth in the world negotiation competition. 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 has a broad civil and commercial practice. He has particuliar experience in contract, company, equity and trusts, insurance and property law matters.
James graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in law and arts. He also holds a masters degree in law from Cambridge University, which he attended as a WM Tapp scholar.
James began his career at Bell Gully. His career includes two years at the Court of Appeal, where he clerked for Justice Chambers, and four years at an American law firm in London, where he practised in international 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 is an experienced litigator practicing commercial and civil litigation. She receives instructions in a wide range of areas with a focus on contract, negligence, intellectual property, employment, human rights (including sexual harassment), privacy, media, trusts, and relationship property matters. She also works as an independent investigator and represents parties in investigations and inquiries.
Nura has a breadth of experience including trial and appellate work, and has appeared before most of New Zealand’s courts and specialist tribunals. She also provides advisory services, and will work with clients to resolve disputes outside of court where possible.
Nura has a Bachelors degree in Law from Auckland University and a Master of Laws (with distinction) from University College London. During her postgraduate studies, Nura was awarded the Sir John Salmond Prize. In 2011 she was the recipient of the IPSANZ Prize.
Nura is a member of the New Zealand Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is passionate about access to justice issues and supports a number of pro bono initiatives in the community.
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.
Bronwyn has specialised in environmental, resource management and local government law since 2000. She started her career at Simpson Grierson, before joining Russell McVeagh in 2011 and becoming a partner in that firm's Environmental, Planning and Natural Resources team later that year. Bronwyn joined Shortland Chambers in December 2018.
Yvonne acts in criminal and civil proceedings with a particular interest in serious fraud, regulatory prosecutions, proceeds of crime, disciplinary proceedings and other areas of public interest litigation.
She began her career at the bar as an employed barrister and subsequently held tenancy as barrister sole at two sets of respected chambers in Auckland. During this time, Yvonne worked with a number of prominent senior barristers and appeared in a wide range of District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings both as junior and sole counsel.
Most recently, Yvonne worked at the esteemed firm Meredith Connell where she specialised in High Court litigation under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009. She also appeared as sole counsel in a number of criminal prosecutions as well as appellate and disciplinary hearings either as a Crown prosecutor or on behalf of other government clients.
In addition to court-based litigation work, Yvonne also have experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiations involving New Zealand and overseas government authorities and private parties, on behalf of government and individual clients.
Born in Shanghai, and raised both there and in New Zealand, Yvonne is bilingual in English and Chinese (including spoken dialects and written Chinese). This background gives her insight into the dimensions and nuances of the law as experienced by immigrant communities, particularly from China. As a member of the Diversity Committee of the New Zealand Bar Association, Yvonne is committed to advancing the interests of clients, colleagues and future members of the legal profession from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds.
Yvonne has a double degree in Law and Commerce (Finance) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours. Yvonne was the 2016 Arthur Watts Fellowship intern at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London) and an Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar (London) in 2018. She has a keen academic interest in comparative legal studies, corporate criminal law, proceeds of crime, administrative law, human rights law, access to justice and international investment law.
王越是Shortland Chambers大律師行的一名獨立大律師。她從事刑事和民事訴訟，特別關注各類經濟犯罪、監管起訴、非法收益沒收、違紀處分和其他公共利益訴訟。在此之前，作為皇家檢察官以及高級律師，王越曾在各類刑事和民事訴訟中擔任代表新西蘭皇家以及其他政府部門的出庭律師。而作為獨立大律師，王越曾與許多著名的資深大律師一起工作，在新西蘭地方法院，高等法院和上訴法院程序中擔任唯一或是輔助出庭律師。除了上庭訴訟，王越也有參與新西蘭以及海外政府與個人之間談判交涉的經驗。王越來自中國，在上海接受基礎教育，在奧克蘭就讀高中，後來獲得奧克蘭大學的法學和商學（金融）學士，墨爾本大學的國際和公共法碩士(一級榮譽)。 她的背景使她對于中新文化以及移民經曆的細微之處有第一手的理解。
Sarah is an award-winning litigation specialist with over two decades of experience advising on a wide range of commercial disputes, both in New Zealand and in the UK. Prior to joining the bar this year, Sarah was a partner in Russell McVeagh’s litigation practice for 12 years where she served in the role of head of the national litigation group between 2014-2016 and more recently in 2019. Sarah specialises in litigation strategy, company and securities law and tax disputes, banking and financial regulatory investigations and litigation, company schemes of arrangement, complex contract and tort claims, insurance, product liability, intellectual property, competition and fair trading.