General Background

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.

As a generalist, she remains current in many aspects of the law, which enables her to bring a wide perspective to cases. Her key expertise is in commercial and civil litigation. She is particularly experienced in cases involving product liability, land law (such as vendor/purchaser, unit titles, cross leases, encroachment and Maori land law) construction, equity and trust law, contract, statutory and public law, contractual interpretation and company law.

Law is a passion for Sandra not just a career, but when not working in law she is out paddle boarding, wine tasting, attending musical and cultural events and travelling.

Professional Activities

  • Barrister Sole July 1991 to present.
  • Employed as a staff solicitor with Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co November 1987 to July 1991
  • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand on 17 June 1988

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of the NZ Bar Association, Auckland District Law Society and New Zealand Law Society

Academic Achievements

  • Paterson & Lang Prize (Commercial Law and Property) 1987
  • University of Otago Award in Law 1986
  • Sir Thomas More Prize (Equity) 1986 
  • Latin Cup 1979
  • Rua I Gardner Entry Scholarship (awarded to top 3 new entrants based on entrance exam) 1977

Education

  • Otago University 1984 to 1986
  • Auckland University 1982 to 1983
  • Auckland Girls' Grammar School 1977 to 1981

Case History

  • Brintons Limited v Feltex Furnishings of New Zealand Limited (HC) [1990] 4 TCLR 100; [1991] 2 NZLR 677
  • Franklin Machinery limited v Albany Farm Centre Limited (HC) [1991] 4 TCLR 671
  • Apple Computer v Apple Corps SA (HC) [1990] 2 NZLR 598; 3 PRNZ 78
  • Currie v Wansbone (HC) [1992] 5 PRNZ 700
  • Stubbs Enterprises Limited v Springfield Acres Limited (HC) [1992] 5 PRNZ 697
  • Cumberworld Contracting Limited v Foseco (NZ) Limited (HC) [1993] 5 TCLR 534
  • Smythe v Bayleys Real Estate Limited [1993] (HC) 5 TCLR 454
  • Downley Properties Limited v Stirling (HC) [1993] 7 PRNZ 241
  • Iversen v Zendel Industries Limited (HC) [1993] 7 PRNZ 205
  • Fieldforce (NZ) Limited v Auchterlonie (HC) [1994] 7 PRNZ 563
  • Springfield Acres Limited (In Liquidation) v Abacus (Hong Kong) Limited (HC) [1994] 3 NZLR 502
  • Watson v Gilbert (HC) [1995] 5 TCLR 95
  • Calvon Robinson Industries v Kay Play Limited (HC) [1995] 6 TCLR 722
  • Glev Pty Limited v Foodmakers (1992) Limited (HC) [1995] 6 TCLR 714
  • Nordern v Blueport Industries Limited (HC) [1996] 3 NZLR 450
  • Stubbs Investments Limited v Thorp (HC) [1997] 1 NZLR 310
  • Denning v Tri-Star Customs and Forwarding Limited (HC)
  • Morrison Industries Limited v Masport Limited (PC) [1995] BCC 496
  • Dreux Holdings Limited v Attorney General (HC) [1995] 8 PRNZ 485
  • Dreux Holdings Limited v Attorney General (HC) [1996] 7 TCLR 82
  • Attorney General v Dreux Holdings Limited (CA) [1997] 7 TCLR 617; [1996] 5 NZBLC 104,073
  • Foseco New Zealand limited v Cumberworld Contracting Limited [1997] 6 NZBLC 99-398, 102,033
  • Stubbs v Thorp & Stone [1997] 1 NZLR 310
  • Wright v Benchmark Building Supplies (HC) [1997] 10 PRNZ 594
  • Beecroft v Auckland District Court [1999] 3 NZLR 672
  • MTM Funds Management Ltd v Force Holdings Ltd & Anor [2000] 14 PRNZ 657
  • Agio Tustees Co Ltd & Anor v Harts Contributory Mortgages Nominee Co Ltd & Anor [2001] 4 NZ ConvC 193,480
  • Rimini Ltd v Manning Management and Marketing Pty Ltd [2003] 3 NZLR 22
  • Crawford v Securities Commission [2003] 3 NZLR 160
  • Proprietors of Hiruharama Ponui Block Inc v Attorney General [2003] 3 NZLR 478
  • Proprietors of Hiruharama Ponui Block Inc v Attorney General (No 2) [2004] 1 NZLR 394
  • Benchmark Building Supplies Ltd v Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Ltd & Anor [2004] 58 IPR 407 (CA)
  • Harte v Wood [2004] 1 NZLR 526
  • Clarkson & Anor v Whangamata Metal Supplies Ltd & Anor, Williams J, HC Auckland, [2004] 10 TCLR 1049
  • Otago Station Estates Ltd v Parker [2005] 2 NZLR 734, SCNZ.

Publications and Seminars

Seminars and Presentations

  • Co-presented Introduction to Litigation Skills, New Zealand Law Society
  • Shareholder Agreements, Legalwise Seminar, 2016
  • Mastering Interlocutory Applications, Legalwise Seminar, 2015
  • Recent Developments in Property Litigation, Property Law Conference, Auckland, 2012.
  • Recent Cases under the Commerce Act 1986 at a competition law conference in Wellington, 2008.
  • Presentation of a paper on the costs regime to the 2007 Annual Bar Association Conference.
  • Personal Property Securities Act 1999, 2006.
  • Drafting and enforcing clauses for liquidated damages, 2005.
  • Presentations on litigation skills in the topics of direct examination, and the gathering of evidence at Lexis Nexis annual seminars 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (Otago) 1987

Barrister Sole: 1991

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (Otago) 1987

Barrister Sole: 1991

General Background

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.

As a generalist, she remains current in many aspects of the law, which enables her to bring a wide perspective to cases. Her key expertise is in commercial and civil litigation. She is particularly experienced in cases involving product liability, land law (such as vendor/purchaser, unit titles, cross leases, encroachment and Maori land law) construction, equity and trust law, contract, statutory and public law, contractual interpretation and company law.

Law is a passion for Sandra not just a career, but when not working in law she is out paddle boarding, wine tasting, attending musical and cultural events and travelling.

Professional Activities

  • Barrister Sole July 1991 to present.
  • Employed as a staff solicitor with Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co November 1987 to July 1991
  • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand on 17 June 1988

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of the NZ Bar Association, Auckland District Law Society and New Zealand Law Society

Academic Achievements

  • Paterson & Lang Prize (Commercial Law and Property) 1987
  • University of Otago Award in Law 1986
  • Sir Thomas More Prize (Equity) 1986 
  • Latin Cup 1979
  • Rua I Gardner Entry Scholarship (awarded to top 3 new entrants based on entrance exam) 1977

Education

  • Otago University 1984 to 1986
  • Auckland University 1982 to 1983
  • Auckland Girls' Grammar School 1977 to 1981

Case History

  • Brintons Limited v Feltex Furnishings of New Zealand Limited (HC) [1990] 4 TCLR 100; [1991] 2 NZLR 677
  • Franklin Machinery limited v Albany Farm Centre Limited (HC) [1991] 4 TCLR 671
  • Apple Computer v Apple Corps SA (HC) [1990] 2 NZLR 598; 3 PRNZ 78
  • Currie v Wansbone (HC) [1992] 5 PRNZ 700
  • Stubbs Enterprises Limited v Springfield Acres Limited (HC) [1992] 5 PRNZ 697
  • Cumberworld Contracting Limited v Foseco (NZ) Limited (HC) [1993] 5 TCLR 534
  • Smythe v Bayleys Real Estate Limited [1993] (HC) 5 TCLR 454
  • Downley Properties Limited v Stirling (HC) [1993] 7 PRNZ 241
  • Iversen v Zendel Industries Limited (HC) [1993] 7 PRNZ 205
  • Fieldforce (NZ) Limited v Auchterlonie (HC) [1994] 7 PRNZ 563
  • Springfield Acres Limited (In Liquidation) v Abacus (Hong Kong) Limited (HC) [1994] 3 NZLR 502
  • Watson v Gilbert (HC) [1995] 5 TCLR 95
  • Calvon Robinson Industries v Kay Play Limited (HC) [1995] 6 TCLR 722
  • Glev Pty Limited v Foodmakers (1992) Limited (HC) [1995] 6 TCLR 714
  • Nordern v Blueport Industries Limited (HC) [1996] 3 NZLR 450
  • Stubbs Investments Limited v Thorp (HC) [1997] 1 NZLR 310
  • Denning v Tri-Star Customs and Forwarding Limited (HC)
  • Morrison Industries Limited v Masport Limited (PC) [1995] BCC 496
  • Dreux Holdings Limited v Attorney General (HC) [1995] 8 PRNZ 485
  • Dreux Holdings Limited v Attorney General (HC) [1996] 7 TCLR 82
  • Attorney General v Dreux Holdings Limited (CA) [1997] 7 TCLR 617; [1996] 5 NZBLC 104,073
  • Foseco New Zealand limited v Cumberworld Contracting Limited [1997] 6 NZBLC 99-398, 102,033
  • Stubbs v Thorp & Stone [1997] 1 NZLR 310
  • Wright v Benchmark Building Supplies (HC) [1997] 10 PRNZ 594
  • Beecroft v Auckland District Court [1999] 3 NZLR 672
  • MTM Funds Management Ltd v Force Holdings Ltd & Anor [2000] 14 PRNZ 657
  • Agio Tustees Co Ltd & Anor v Harts Contributory Mortgages Nominee Co Ltd & Anor [2001] 4 NZ ConvC 193,480
  • Rimini Ltd v Manning Management and Marketing Pty Ltd [2003] 3 NZLR 22
  • Crawford v Securities Commission [2003] 3 NZLR 160
  • Proprietors of Hiruharama Ponui Block Inc v Attorney General [2003] 3 NZLR 478
  • Proprietors of Hiruharama Ponui Block Inc v Attorney General (No 2) [2004] 1 NZLR 394
  • Benchmark Building Supplies Ltd v Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Ltd & Anor [2004] 58 IPR 407 (CA)
  • Harte v Wood [2004] 1 NZLR 526
  • Clarkson & Anor v Whangamata Metal Supplies Ltd & Anor, Williams J, HC Auckland, [2004] 10 TCLR 1049
  • Otago Station Estates Ltd v Parker [2005] 2 NZLR 734, SCNZ.

Publications and Seminars

Seminars and Presentations

  • Co-presented Introduction to Litigation Skills, New Zealand Law Society
  • Shareholder Agreements, Legalwise Seminar, 2016
  • Mastering Interlocutory Applications, Legalwise Seminar, 2015
  • Recent Developments in Property Litigation, Property Law Conference, Auckland, 2012.
  • Recent Cases under the Commerce Act 1986 at a competition law conference in Wellington, 2008.
  • Presentation of a paper on the costs regime to the 2007 Annual Bar Association Conference.
  • Personal Property Securities Act 1999, 2006.
  • Drafting and enforcing clauses for liquidated damages, 2005.
  • Presentations on litigation skills in the topics of direct examination, and the gathering of evidence at Lexis Nexis annual seminars 2003, 2004 and 2005.