Partner, Christchurch

Kelly Paterson

Kelly Paterson



Kelly specialises in commercial litigation.  She advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including contract disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, local government issues, property law disputes and security enforcement.

Kelly has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as Tribunal and Arbitration hearings.  Kelly acts for receivers and liquidators and assists with complicated receiverships and pursuing claims against directors of insolvent companies for breaches of directors’ duties.

Kelly has successfully argued proceedings for recovery of land, an application for an urgent interim injunction, strike-out applications, defended liquidation proceedings and appeared in various High Court and District Court trials and interlocutory hearings.

  • Member of RITANZ
  • Recipient of Pegasus Scholarship in 2008

Work highlights

Conducting credit recovery for clients of varying sizes

including financial institutions, private clients and local authorities

Advising and acting for liquidators and receivers on insolvency matters

Conducting dispute resolution for and advising Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Waimate District Council

on legislative, regulatory, rating, property and construction matters

Conducting two stage land compensation arbitration

with a focus on valuation / Public Works Act related issues

Conducting construction contract disputes

including NZS3910 related issues

Conducting litigation for major banking institutions

Alternate contacts

Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

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

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