Partner, Wellington

Seb Bisley

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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

Work highlights

Acting for Accident Compensation Corporation

in relation to the DePuy hip prosthesis failure (Sellwood & Ors v Accident Compensation Corporation [2017] 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 [2016] NZHC 2119 (High Court), [2017] NZCA 365 (Court of Appeal))

Acting for English trustees

in bankruptcy seeking recovery of assets in New Zealand (Leeds & Wood v Richards & Anor [2016] NZHC 1191; [2016] 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 [2015] NZHC 2165)


Alternate contacts

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Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

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


Peter Niven

Peter Niven

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


Anna Bloomfield

Anna Bloomfield

Senior Associate, Wellington

Anna specialises in civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She advises on contractual disputes, company law...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0465
  • M +64 21 509 503