Laura specialises in litigation and insolvency. She has a broad background in commercial litigation with extensive expertise in insolvency matters, judicial review, Fair Trading and Commerce Act claims, cross-border issues and contractual disputes.
Laura is an experienced courtroom advocate, appearing regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She is highly regarded for her litigation skills, recognised by her ranking as a leading lawyer in numerous international directories including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500, Euromoney's Expert Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Doyles Guide.
She is the author of the New Zealand Chapter in International Execution against Judgment Debtors (looseleaf, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, New York).
Laura has a masters degree in law from the University of Cambridge, and a commerce degree with a major in accounting and finance.
"Sources regard Laura O'Gorman as a 'superb litigation adviser and advocate,' and 'a very deliberate, careful practitioner'."
- NZLS Council member (Large Law Firms Group representative)
- Member of RITANZ
- Rules Committee member
Acting for the Electricity Authority
in proceedings brought by Trustpower Limited about the consultation process for proposed Code amendments (Trustpower Limited (formerly Bay Energy) v Electricity Authority  NZHC 2914)
Acting for the administrators and deed administrators
of the Solid Energy group to defend a challenge to the validity of the deed of company arrangement under Part 15A of the Companies Act (Cargill International SA v Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd  NZHC 1817)
Acting for Zespri Group
in a judicial review about collaborative marketing (Splice Fruit Ltd v New Zealand Kiwifruit Board  NZAR 680)
Acting for the defendants in a contractual dispute
about the 2015 Toyota Racing Series (Ferrer-Aza v NZONE Race Management Ltd  NZHC 885)
Acting for a company in a dispute
with certain shareholders about the proper interpretation of rights attaching to preference shares (Cadre Investments Ltd v Activedocs Ltd  NZHC 1489)
Acting for a lender
to obtain summary judgment in respect of lender liability claims (Cantara Limited v Bank of New Zealand  NZHC 2775)