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…
I am a general civil and commercial litigator. I have a broad practise focus. A lot of the work I do involves contractual disputes in one form or another, the Commerce Act, the Fair Trading Act, with the odd tort thrown in for good measure. I don’t limit myself, I’ve done IP, defamation, maritime, lease and property issues, as well as administrative law and judicial review. I enjoy doing different things.
I started my career in 1993 with Russell McVeagh. In 2002, I established LeeSalmonLong (a specialist disputes firm). I joined the independent bar at the start of 2017.
I did my post graduate studies at Oxford University, where I enjoyed being taught by wonderful people like Colin Tapper, Adrian Zuckerman, Francis Reynolds, Adrian Briggs, and Roy Goode. I present on legal topics from time to time, and when I do that, I’m told I can be quite entertaining. I have appeared before all New Zealand courts in a wide range of disputes, and I also do both international and domestic arbitration work. I have aspirations to be an arbitrator myself, so if that’s what you are after, let’s talk.
In 2018 I am teaching the Civil Procedure elective at Auckland University.
Client references are available on request.
Oh, and finally, just in case it’s important to you: I like golf, my wife and our two cats. I can solder reasonably well, have a basic understanding of electronic circuits and embedded computing devices, I do a bit of coding from time to time, and appreciate the power of a database. I understand aspects of Microsoft Sharepoint. I build, fly, and crash, my own drones.
Examples of some of the cases I have been involved in are below. These are some of the things that ended up in court.
Zurich Australasian Insurance v Withers  NZCA 618 (CA)
TTAH Ltd v Koninklijke Tencate NV  NZHC 2461 and  NZHC 2032
Wilson Parking New Zealand Ltd v Fanshawe 136 Ltd  3 NZLR 567(CA)
Manukau Golf Club Inc v Shoye Venture Ltd  1 NZLR 305 (SC)
KA No 4 Trustee Ltd v Financial Markets Authority  NZCA 370
Financial Markets Authority v Hotchin  3 NZLR 469
Telstraclear Ltd v Kordia Ltd CIV-2010-404-1168, 28 September 2010
Southbourne Investments Ltd v Greenmount Manufacturing Ltd  1 NZLR 30 (SC)
CIR v Motorcorp Holdings Ltd (2005) 22 NZTC 19,126
Bryers v Harts Contributory Mortgages Nominee Co Ltd  3 NZLR 343 (CA)
Xylem Fund I v Fletcher Challenge Forests Ltd (2002) 9 NZCLC 262,955
Transit New Zealand v Pratt Contractors Ltd  2 NZLR 313 (PC)
Peninsula Watchdog Group (Inc) v Coeur Gold New Zealand Ltd  3 NZLR 463
Turners & Growers Exporters Ltd v The ship "Cornelis Verolme"  2 NZLR 110
Melanesian Mission Trust Board v Australian Mutual Provident Society  1 NZLR 391 (PC)
Peninsula Watchdog Group (Inc) v Minister of Energy  2 NZLR 529
Re Connor (Debtors), ex parte Carter Holt Harvey Ltd  1 NZLR 244
Stead v The ship Ocean Quest of Arne  3 NZLR 415
Springfield Acres Ltd (In Liquidation) v Abacus (Hong Kong) Ltd  3 NZLR 502
BA/LLB (Hons) (Auck)1991
BCL (Hons) (Oxon) 1998
Barrister Sole: 2017