Special Counsel, Wellington

Bridie McKinnon

Bridie Mckinnon


Bridie has experience in a range of litigation matters including contractual disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, insurance, securities enforcement, property law disputes, negligence and trust law issues. 

Bridie offers pragmatic and tailored advice on all aspects of litigation strategy and has appeared in the New Zealand Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court as sole and junior counsel.

  • Associate member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand
  • Member of RITANZ
  • Member of WIRI

Work highlights

Acting for the liquidators of Cryptopia

(in liquidation) involving novel legal issues concerning the status of cryptocurrency at law, and the insolvency of corporate trustee companies (Ruscoe v Cryptopia Ltd (in liquidation) [2020] NZHC 728)

Acting for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

in the liquidation of CBL Insurance (in liquidation) involving the insolvency of a licensed insurance company (Reserve Bank of New Zealand v CBL Insurance Ltd [2019] NZHC 737)

Acting for a large corporate client

in relation to a Serious Fraud Office investigation, including assisting with compliance with notices issued under s9 Serious Fraud Office Act 1990

Acting for a large corporate client

in the successful defence of civil proceedings brought against in by an offshore importer

Acting for the voluntary administrators

(later liquidators) of Arrow Construction

Alternate contacts

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 498 7349
  • M +64 21 822 929


Peter Niven

Special Counsel, Wellington

Peter specialises in litigation, insolvency and credit recovery. He advises both private and public sector clients on a broad range…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0434
  • M +64 21 827 208