Jonathan Forsey

Special Counsel


I am a Special Counsel in the Christchurch litigation and dispute resolution team. I have considerable experience across a broad range of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution forums, including the Courts at all levels, specialist tribunals, arbitration and mediation.

I specialise in defamation and media law issues, as well as privacy, official information, cyber liability, and technology related aspects of the law. My work encompasses advice on advertising and broadcasting standards, fair trading and consumer legislation, and other aspects of statutory compliance. I also deal with contractual disputes, administrative law and insolvency.

In recent years, I have developed a practice dealing with many of the legal issues thrown up by the Canterbury rebuild. I have advised clients on construction contracts issues, contracting, retentions and compliance issues, insurance and regulatory matters, as well as contract and negligence issues.

My experience includes acting:

  • For project managers administering aspects of the post-earthquake home repairs in Canterbury.
  • For tertiary and professional bodies on disciplinary and appeals processes and administrative law issues.
  • For the New Zealand Mines Rescue Service in respect of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River mining disaster. 
  • For the Ngāi Tahu Ancillary Claims Trust in resolving ancillary claims pursuant to claims settlement legislation.
  • On defamation cases as well as advice in respect of privacy, confidentiality and other issues associated with the use of emails and internet technology.
  • On the arrest and disposal of vessels on behalf of international and domestic creditors.

I have published articles and made appearances in media in respect of Debt Recovery, Internet, Media Law and related issues in New Zealand and overseas.

I am admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and spent several years as a commercial litigator with one of the top five City firms in London. I have also worked in Auckland as a Judge's Clerk and as a media law and general commercial litigator for a large Wellington firm.