Seb specialises in advocacy and litigation, including arbitration and mediation.
Seb was Benchmark Litigation’s New Zealand Lawyer of the Year in 2019, and is rated as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2021 and as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 2021. He is described in the Legal 500 as giving "very high-quality advice that is always sound and sensible", and a “great strategist” with a “clear understanding of what is at the heart of each issue”. He is recommended as a litigator and insolvency lawyer in the Legal 500 2017 - 2021 and Doyle's Insolvency Guide 2016 - 2021. He is admitted in both England and New Zealand, and has an LLM in competition law from Durham University.
Seb has appeared at all levels of the New Zealand courts. He regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
“Seb is excellent at setting out complex matters in a simple manner. He can convey his message well and tailor his approach to a variety of audiences. He is extremely thorough, but pragmatic and transparent about likely outcomes, and offers alternative ways of doing things.”
"Seb Bisley gives very high quality legal advice that is always sound and sensible"
“A great strategist - extremely thorough, with a clear understanding of what is at the heart of each issue.”
- Member of RITANZ
- Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star
- Legal 500: Leading individual for dispute resolution
Acting for the Department of Corrections
in a substantial construction arbitration and related proceedings (McVeigh & Ors v Department of Corrections  NZHC 1018; Department of Corrections v Decmil Construction NZ Ltd and Anor  NZHC 2976)
Representing animal rights organisations
in a pro bono case challenging the use of farrowing crates in pig farming on animal welfare grounds (New Zealand Animal Law Association v Attorney General & Ors  NZHC 3009)
Representing Accident Compensation Corporation
in an application for judicial review (King v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZHC 1751) and numerous appeals (eg Sellwood & Ors v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZHC 2604; Hamilton v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZHC 3109; Shand v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZHC 2743)
Applying for the discharge of freezing orders
(Flashoff & Ors v New Zealand Technology Group Hawkes Bay Ltd [2020 NZEmpC 222)
Acting for local councils
in judicial reviews of their powers of compulsory acquisition under the Local Government Act 2002, and to approve plan changes under the Resource Management Act 1993. (Sheffield Properties Ltd v Kapiti Coast District Council  NZHC 3290; Commercial Properties Ltd v Hutt City Council  NZHC 2243)
Acting for a group of creditors
in a case concerning novel issues of class construction under the Companies Act, appealed to the Supreme Court (Advicewise People Ltd & Ors v Trends Publishing Ltd  NZHC 2119 (High Court),  NZCA 365 (Court of Appeal),  NZSC 54 (Supreme Court))