Litigation and dispute resolution

We are a major force in litigation and dispute resolution in New Zealand.  We resolve some of the country's most significant and complex disputes.


We work closely with our clients to successfully resolve disputes

Our litigators are effective, decisive, and achieve a high impact for clients.  We provide timely and strategic advice to minimise litigation risk.  We are experts in using all forms of alternative dispute resolution to deliver results, including mediations and expert determination.

Our national reach offers clients a distinct advantage.  Across the country, our team works seamlessly with clients on major litigation to deliver a formidable national response.

As a full-service firm, our experience spans the breadth of commercial and public law.

We have experience at all levels of the New Zealand courts

Clients frequently call upon our market-leading skills in arbitration and in court to resolve disputes.  We act in domestic and international arbitrations, and at all levels of the New Zealand courts.  We have experience before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council, and Supreme Court.  We also have experience before a broad range of tribunals and decision-makers.

We work across all kinds of disputes and with all regulatory bodies

We are highly regarded for our work in:

  • Company and commercial disputes
  • Competition law matters
  • Construction and property disputes
  • Defending significant class actions
  • Financial services and insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Judicial review and administrative law
  • Trust and equity disputes.

We have successfully worked with organisations in regulatory investigations and prosecutions, including with the:

  • Commerce Commission
  • Overseas Investment Office
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Financial Markets Authority
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Authority.

Contact us to see how we can help.

Guide to litigation in New Zealand

We have put together a guide providing an overview of the New Zealand court system and litigation.

Download the Guide to Litigation in New Zealand

Work highlights

New Zealand Steel greenhouse gas emissions

We acted for for New Zealand Steel in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in defence of a claim seeking an injunction to cease or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Southern Response class action

We acted for Southern Response in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in defending and resolving a nationally significant class action which sought NZ$300m in damages related to the Christchurch earthquakes.


We acted for the liquidators of Cryptopia in the High Court on complex claims issues for cryptocurrency worth approximately NZ$170m arising in connection with the exchange's insolvency.

Zespri prosecution

We acted for Zespri in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in successfully prosecuting a novel claim for NZ$12.5m involving complex jurisdiction and damages issues, claiming breach of contract and the Plant Variety Rights Act following unauthorised supply and licensing of golden kiwifruit in China.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand prudential supervision powers

We acted for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in the High Court in first ever exercise of its prudential supervision powers to appoint interim and permanent liquidators to insurance firm CBLI which had liabilities in excess of NZ$1.2b.

Landcorp Farming judicial review

We acted for Landcorp Farming in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in a complex judicial review relating to decision-making of state-owned enterprises in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Our team

Bridie McKinnon

Partner, Wellington

Bridie has over 15 years' experience in a range of litigation matters in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.…

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Luke Sizer

Partner, Auckland

Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency…

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Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He advises both private and public sector clients…

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David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation. He has almost 20 years' experience in resolving banking and finance, insolvency, insurance…

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David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law…

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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law. He has advised clients at the heart of intensive RMA…

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Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

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

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Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

Jennifer specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law, with extensive experience as a strategic…

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Kelly Paterson

Partner, Christchurch

Kelly specialises in commercial litigation. She advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including insurance, contract…

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Olly Peers

Partner, Christchurch

Olly specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. Olly's experience and areas of interest include company law, contract law…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations…

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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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Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Sherridan specialises in advocacy and commercial litigation, with considerable expertise and experience in…

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Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

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

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Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa specialises in resource management, infrastructure, and environmental law.…

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Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

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

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