Partner, Wellington

Seb Bisley

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Seb specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He has particular expertise in commercial litigation, insurance law and public law.

Seb has appeared in a broad range of cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and District Court.  He has a wide-ranging litigation practice, having advised and represented corporations, trustees, hedge funds, bondholders and individuals on complex litigation proceedings and regulatory investigations in New Zealand, England and a number of off-shore jurisdictions.

  • Member of RITANZ

Work highlights

Acting for some of the trustees of a significant public trust

in a dispute concerning the trust's administration (New Zealand Maori Council & Ors v Foulkes & Ors [2014] NZHC 1777)

Acting for Kiwibank

on a construction lending dispute (Rudyard Holdings Ltd v Kiwibank Ltd [2014] NZHC 1253)

Acting for Contact Energy

on Securities Act issues (Kennedy v Contact Energy Ltd [2013] NZHC 2576)

Acting in respect of an application for leave

to appeal on construction of an indemnity (Dorchester Finance Ltd v Deloitte & Perpetual Trust Ltd [2012] NZSC 78)

Acting on an appeal

in relation to the validity of an assignment of causes of action (Glynbrook 2001 Ltd v Lawrence [2012] NZCA 289)

Obtaining search and freezing orders

with domestic and international effect, in relation to scraping of our client's data (Terralink Ltd v City Realty Ltd & Ors (CIV-2012-404-6980))


Alternate contacts

Scott Barker

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

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  • DDI +64 4 498 7349
  • M +64 21 822 929


Peter Niven

Peter Niven

Special Counsel, Wellington

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  • DDI +64 4 462 0434
  • M +64 21 827 208