Partner, Auckland

Laura O'Gorman

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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 and Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

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.

  • NZLS Council member (Large Law Firms Group representative)
  • Member of RITANZ
  • Rules Committee member

Work highlights

Acting for the Electricity Authority

in proceedings about the respective roles of the Electricity Authority and the Commerce Commission in regulating distributors (Vector Limited v The Electricity Authority [2017] NZHC 1774)

Acting for receivers and a bank

to obtain preservation, freezing and ancillary disclosure orders (Jackson v Porwal [2017] NZHC 1514)

Acting for SKY Television

in respect of a Commerce Commission clearance decision (Spark New Zealand Trading Ltd v Commerce Commission [2017] NZHC 238)

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 [2017] 2 NZLR 253)

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 [2016] NZHC 1817)

Acting for Zespri Group

in a judicial review about collaborative marketing (Splice Fruit Ltd v New Zealand Kiwifruit Board [2016] NZAR 680)


Alternate contacts

David Broadmore

David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation. He has over 14 years' experience in resolving banking and finance, insolvency, insurance…

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  • M +64 21 022 72994