Partner, Auckland

Luke Sizer

Luke Sizer


Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration.  He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency and credit, judicial review, regulatory issues, contractual disputes, negligence, and company disputes.  Luke has experience in a range of tribunals and courts, on both substantive and interlocutory matters, including applications for urgent and interim relief.

Luke has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from Columbia University in the City of New York, where he graduated as a James Kent Scholar.

He has produced a range of peer-reviewed publications on various topics including contractual matters, public and constitutional law, judicial review, negligence, corporate fraud, and regulatory issues.

  • James Kent Scholar (Columbia University in the City of New York)
  • Dean of Law’s Award of Academic Excellence (University of Auckland)

Work highlights

Acting for Zespri Group

in the High Court and Court of Appeal to obtain freezing orders and subsequently a $12m judgment for breaches of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 and contractual obligations, involving novel issues of user-damages, extra-territoriality, and jurisdiction, and successfully opposing an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court (Gao v Zespri Group Ltd [2021] NZCA 442, [2022] 2 NZLR 219, (2021) 165 IPR 161; [2022] NZSC 13)

Acting for the New Zealand Blood Service

in the High Court successfully to oppose orders requiring it to provide directed donation of blood sourced from donors unvaccinated with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which was sought in a high profile and urgent guardianship proceeding (Te Whatu Ora v C and S [2022] NZHC 3283)

Acting for Eleonora Sport

the UK former owner of English Premier League team Leeds United, to pursue recovery of approximately ₤5.5m from, and obtain liquidation orders of, a New Zealand based non-bank deposit taker, in a case concerning previously untested Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 issues (Arjang v NF Global Ltd [2021] NZHC 395)

Acting for a BVI company

in the High Court and Court of Appeal to obtain and sustain mirror freezing orders in aid of proceedings in Singapore over cryptocurrency and other assets, for which cryptocurrency was posted as security for the undertaking in damages (MB Technology Ltd v Ecomi Technology Pte Ltd [2020] NZHC 2883)

Acting for Zespri International

to dispose of $25m claims brought against it by its former importer and distributor in the People’s Republic of China in connection with the plaintiffs' customs duty and VAT fraud (Shanghai Neuhof Trade Company Ltd v Zespri International Ltd [2019] NZHC 3479)

Acting for various Banks, liquidators, administrators, receivers, and other institutions

to enforce guarantees and security, realise assets, obtain freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, inspection and search orders, and other interim relief, and to obtain liquidation and bankruptcy orders

Alternate contacts

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Partner, Auckland

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