Partner, Auckland

Graeme Hall



Graeme specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in commercial litigation including Court action, arbitration, mediation, contractual disputes and professional indemnity actions.

Graeme appears regularly in the High Court and has experience in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council and before various Tribunals.  He is regularly briefed to appear as counsel in mediations and arbitrations and frequently appears on complex interlocutory applications including injunctions.

  • Associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
  • Member of LEADR & IAMA
  • Member of INSOL

Work highlights

Acting for Auckland Council

in Williams & Ors v Auckland Council [2014] NZHC 765 in relation to a claim under the Public Works Act alleging that Auckland Council is obliged to offer back to the descendants of the original owners, land currently used as a major Auckland park

Acting for the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board

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

Acting for Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC

in relation to an application for partial revocation of a trade mark for non-use (Carlton Hire Group Ltd v Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC [2013] NZIPOTM 32)

Successfully striking out a claim alleging breaches of fiduciary duty

and duties arising as a shadow director (Giles Bakery Ltd v Gillespie & Ors [2013] NZHC 1608)

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)

Acting on a range of proceedings in IPONZ

and the High Court involving breaches of trade mark


Alternate contacts

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