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, 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.

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

Work highlights

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 [2016] 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 [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)

Acting for the defendants in a contractual dispute

about the 2015 Toyota Racing Series (Ferrer-Aza v NZONE Race Management Ltd [2016] 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 [2016] NZHC 1489)

Acting for a lender

to obtain summary judgment in respect of lender liability claims (Cantara Limited v Bank of New Zealand [2015] NZHC 2775)


Alternate contacts

Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall

Partner, Auckland

Graeme specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in commercial litigation including Court action...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7046
  • M +64 21 632 178


David Broadmore

David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation and has extensive experience in insolvency, professional negligence, property...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7010
  • M +64 21 022 72994


Aaron Harlowe

Aaron Harlowe

Senior Associate, Auckland

Aaron specialises in commercial litigation and in particular insolvency and restructuring, employment, and health and safety...

  • DDI +64 9 357 1854
  • M +64 27 416 9291