Senior Associate, Auckland

Anita Birkinshaw

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Anita specialises in litigation and has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution.

She advises private and corporate clients on complex commercial disputes, including contractual, regulatory and negligence claims.  She is also experienced in intellectual property and competition and consumer law litigation as well as public and administrative law and works with clients from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing and retail, professional services, media and aviation.

Anita has a Masters degree in law from Sorbonne University, Paris, France.  Following her post-graduate studies, she worked as a litigator for leading international law firms in Paris and London, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the energy industry and on product liability law.

Work highlights

Acting for a major airline

in proceedings issued by the Commerce Commission alleging an air cargo cartel (Commerce Commission v Air New Zealand & Ors (2011) 9 NZBLC 103,318)

Advising a variety of businesses

in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions, including by the Commerce Commission and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise

Advising the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board

in judicial review proceedings [2014] NZHC 647 issued by an Auckland amenity receiving public funding

Acting for clients in trade mark infringement proceedings

involving the use of the same or similar trading names

Acting for clients across a variety of sectors

including media and manufacturing, in relation to copyright infringement claims

Acting for the insurers of several major airlines in New Zealand and overseas

 in relation to claims made under the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions both in relation to passenger death and injury and damage to goods


Alternate contacts

Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 358 7046
  • M +64 21 632 178


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...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7031
  • M +64 21 313 653