COMplex comMERCIAL DISPUTES
We understand that disputes are usually expensive, distracting and unwelcome. We work with our clients from the moment that a disagreement first emerges, helping them to achieve the best possible outcome as quickly and efficiently as they can. That may mean assisting with negotiation, mediation, or arbitration processes. If a case does need to be pursued through litigation, we can argue it as counsel at all levels of the court system up to and including the Supreme Court.
COMPETITION AND REGULATORY LAW
We have particular expertise in dealing with matters arising under New Zealand's major regulatory statutes. That can involve advising on issues arising under those statutes, seeking authorisations and approvals, dealing with enforcement investigations by regulatory agencies (like the Commerce Commission, the Financial Markets Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, or the Ministry of Primary Industries), or assisting with court proceedings alleging breach of a regulatory statute. Such matters are usually both high-stakes and high-profile, and need to be carefully managed in order to deliver the best outcomes.
Unlike many commercial litigators, we have special skill and experience in dealing with public law issues. We not only get involved in law reform processes, but also challenge decisions by government and local authorities through judicial review and other forms of court proceedings. We have also been closely involved in two Royal Commissions of Inquiry.
PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES
Disputes over real estate and building work present unique demands, and require a strong understanding of the commercial and industry factors at play. Our experience ranges from High Court trials concerning uncompleted sale and purchase agreements, to leading arbitrations over defective construction work, to dealing with adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.