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, where I am currently listed in Band 1.
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.
BA/LLB (Hons) (Auckland)
Barrister Sole: 2016