Partner, Wellington

Bridie McKinnon

Bridie Mckinnon


Bridie has over 15 years' experience in a range of litigation matters in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  Her experience includes contractual disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, securities enforcement, property disputes, regulatory investigations, judicial review and trust law issues.  She has a particular interest in securities, insolvency and trust related matters.  She is an author of the Practical Law digest on Farm Debt Mediation (Thomson Reuters) and is editor of Buddle Findlay's quarterly insolvency and restructuring newsletter.

Bridie offers pragmatic and tailored advice on all dispute resolution processes, and all aspects of litigation strategy.  She is a skilled advocate, having appeared in the New Zealand Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court as sole and junior counsel on both substantive matters and applications for urgent relief.

Bridie is an AMINZ Accredited mediator, and member of her children's school Board.

  • Member of RITANZ
  • Member of WIRI
  • Associate of AMINZ

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 the liquidators of three of the four Tamarind joint venture partners

on the collapse of a significant oil exploration project off the coast of Taranaki

Acting for clients on regulatory investigations

including investigations undertaken by the Financial Markets Authority and Serious Fraud Office

Acting for public entities

in judicial review proceedings, and providing advice on decision-making processes

Acting for trustees and executors

on claims brought by beneficiaries, including in relation to applications for directions

Alternate contacts

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

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  • DDI +64 4 498 7349
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Special Counsel, Wellington

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