Expertise

Litigation and dispute resolution

Buddle Findlay is a major force in dispute resolution and litigation in New Zealand. We provide strategic and tailored advice to achieve our client's objectives.

Overview

We are a major force in dispute resolution and litigation in New Zealand.  Our approach is to manage disputes in a commercial and cost-effective way to achieve the client’s objectives.  This includes exploring settlement options and other dispute resolution methods when appropriate.  A good understanding of our clients' business and commercial needs is fundamental to delivering value to the client in this area.

Acting predominantly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and specialist tribunals and commissions, members of our dispute resolution/litigation team have also appeared in the Privy Council, Supreme Court and in the District, Employment and Environment Courts.

Our firm's practice covers the full range of commercial disputes and we assist clients in many areas, including:

  • Company receiverships and liquidations

  • Contractual disputes

  • Intellectual property disputes including patent, copyright, trade mark and passing off actions

  • Commerce Act and competition matters

  • Judicial reviews and appeals against decision-makers

  • Pension and superannuation fund issues

  • Insurance litigation

  • Liability of corporate trustees, directors and auditors

  • Partnership disputes

  • Construction disputes, including adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002

  • Arbitrations, including international arbitrations

  • Telecommunication disputes

  • Maritime and aviation disputes including seizure of vessels

  • Broadcasting Standards Authority proceedings

  • Tax and trust litigation

  • Energy and electricity sector disputes

  • Commercial property disputes, including caveat removal, leasehold disputes and rent review disputes

  • Professional negligence claims

  • Regulatory prosecutions

  • Valuation disputes, including disputes under the Public Works Act 1981

  • Interim remedies and injunctions

  • Enforcement of foreign judgments and cross-border litigation.

Our leading dispute resolution and litigation team have the skills, experience and specialist expertise to deliver effective results for clients.  We tailor our approach to suit the subject matter and our clients' needs, whether it be a streamlined approach for debt collection matters or comprehensive services in large and complex litigation.  We understand the need to be efficient and proportionate and have taken a key role in promoting the beneficial use of technology in litigation.

As a major national law firm, we manage disputes throughout the country and we also have significant experience in cross-border disputes.  Our advice to our clients is timely, relevant, practical, accessible and useable.



Work highlights

Acting for SKY Television, Television New Zealand, Lightbox New Zealand, and MediaWorks

in relation to copyright infringement proceedings concerning the Global Mode internet service provided by CallPlus Group

Acting for Auckland Council

in respect of seven individual claims by the successors of original owners of land at Te Atatu alleged to have been taken under the Public Works Act 1928 by the Auckland Harbour Board (Robertson v Auckland Council [2014] NZHC 765)

Acting for overseas shipping company (in administration)

in respect of ship arrests in New Zealand and cross-border insolvency issues (Kim v STX Pan Ocean Co Ltd [2014] NZHC 845)

Acting for Auckland Council

in Planet Kids Limited v Auckland Council [2013] NZSC 147, [2014] 1 NZLR 149, a case about whether a contract was frustrated by the termination of a lease

Acting for various mortgagees, including ANZ Bank

in Court proceedings to determine priority, remove caveats and enable completion of mortgagee sale processes (for example, Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2012] NZHC 3271; [2013] NZCA 401, [2013] NZSC 120; ANZ National Bank Ltd v Uruamo [2012] 13 NZCPR 643; ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Hart [2012] NZHC 2839; [2013] NZCA 94; [2013] NZSC 44)

Acting for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

in relation to trespass proceedings, involving complex legal issues including the ability to sue unincorporated associations, whether civil rights arise under the Trespass Act and whether the decisions of the church council and minister were amenable to judicial review (Brady v Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand [2012] NZHC 3526)

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Our team

David Allen

David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law. He is a...

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David Broadmore

David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation and has extensive experience in insolvency, professional negligence, property...

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David Randal

David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law, general civil litigation and Māori law. He...

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Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall

Partner, Auckland

Graeme specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in commercial litigation including Court action...

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Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education...

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Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Jennifer specialises in environment and resource management, and local government, with extensive experience as a strategic adviser...

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Laura O'Gorman

Laura O'Gorman

Partner, Auckland

Laura specialises in litigation and insolvency. She has a broad background in commercial litigation with extensive expertise in...

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Partner, Auckland

Patrick specialises in environment and resource management, local government, and public law. Patrick advises on a wide range of...

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Paul Beverley

Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington
National Chairman

Paul specialises in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori Law and Treaty Settlement negotiations. He appears...

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Peter Chemis

Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team...

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Scott Barker

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation, insolvency and credit recovery law. His practice includes banking, insurance and commercial...

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Seb Bisley

Seb Bisley

Partner, Wellington

Seb specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He has particular expertise in commercial litigation, insurance law and public law...

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Sherridan Cook

Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland

Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution...

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Susan Rowe

Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises...

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Willie Palmer

Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

Willie specialises in commercial litigation including construction, insurance and insolvency law. He has broad experience in...

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