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
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
Liability of corporate trustees, directors and auditors
Construction disputes, including adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
Arbitrations, including international arbitrations
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
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.
Guide to litigation in New Zealand
Our national litigation and dispute resolution team have put together a high-level and general guide to litigation in New Zealand. This guide covers a wide range of issues from an overview of the New Zealand court system to commencing High Court proceedings and enforcing judgments.
"They know their stuff and they're prompt. You get a full answer from them."
Chambers and Partners
"The ‘well-oiled machine’ at Buddle Findlay provides ‘top-class legal advice’."
"The firm’s disputes team has been praised by clients and peers for handling some of the region's most sophisticated disputes."
- Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific firm of the year (2019)
Acting for SKY Television
in claims against sellers of pre-loaded Kodi boxes that enable users to view pirated copyright content
Acting for the administrators of the Arrow Group of companies
including obtaining urgent Court orders approving their appointment, extending various statutory time periods and urgent orders preventing cranes being removed from various construction sites
Acting for New Zealand Industrial Park
in opposition to an application to remove covenants, which had to be removed for the purposes of Synlait Milk's construction of a NZ$280m infant formula manufacturing plant
Acting for Zespri
against formerly licensed growers, claiming breach of contract and the Plant Variety Rights Act following alleged unauthorised supply and licensing of kiwifruit in China
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  NZHC 765)