Seb specialises in advocacy and litigation, with a particular focus on contract, Companies Act, commercial and trust issues.
Seb is described in the Legal 500 2016 as an "excellent advocate" and is recommended as a litigator and insolvency lawyer in the Legal 500 2017, AsiaLaw 2017 and Doyle's Insolvency Guide 2016 and 2017. He is admitted in both England and New Zealand, and has an LLM 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.
- Member of RITANZ
Acting for Accident Compensation Corporation
in relation to the DePuy hip prosthesis failure (Sellwood & Ors v Accident Compensation Corporation  NZHC 2604)
Acting for Contact Energy
in complex intellectual property claim (Siemens (NZ) Ltd v General Electric International Inc & Contact Energy Ltd)
Significant arbitration (2017)
in relation to remediation obligations under commercial lease
Acting for an ad hoc group of creditors
in a case concerning novel issues of class construction under the Companies Act. Under appeal to the Supreme Court (Advicewise People Ltd & Ors v Trends Publishing Ltd  NZHC 2119 (High Court),  NZCA 365 (Court of Appeal))
Acting for English trustees
in bankruptcy seeking recovery of assets in New Zealand (Leeds & Wood v Richards & Anor  NZHC 1191;  NZHC 2314)
Acting for Bank of New Zealand
in striking out a claim for breach of mandate (Crummer Trustees No 83 Ltd v Bank of New Zealand & Ors  NZHC 2165)