Litigation & Dispute Resolution

We help to both prevent disputes and to resolve them. In today’s business environment, disputes are more complex than ever. We navigate the complexities for you, getting to the heart of the issue and putting in place strategies to ensure the most appropriate solution for your commercial needs. Where litigation is the best option, we help you achieve your objectives.

Our national team is one of the largest in the country which ensures we have the capacity, flexibility and experience to deal with large and small matters in all areas of commercial, public and private law. We have extensive experience appearing before all levels of the court system and have worked across the full range of dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration, mediation and adjudication.

Recognised by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023, the team are described as "Trustworthy, highly knowledgeable, technically competent, pragmatic, and solution focussed. Very responsive to any concerns you might have, and a very good one-stop shop" and "a strong litigation team that provides timely and on-point advice. They provide pragmatic advice that takes into account practical needs as well as being legally sound".

  • Building and construction disputes
    • We have helped our clients through pro-active risk management strategies, contractual provisions, arbitrations, adjudications and court costs. Our work has included acting for industry professionals including engineers and architects on all areas of risk.
  • Insurance claims
    • We are currently dealing with a large number of insurance claims in Christchurch working with property and business owners in relation to earthquake related material damage and business interruption claims.
  • Health & safety matters
    • We regularly act for parties being investigated by Worksafe NZ as a result of a workplace accident or incident, prosecutions, and internal inquiries.
  • Insolvency
    • We advise creditors, liquidators, receivers, directors and shareholders on all legal issues relating to insolvency remedies and risk.
  • Emergency relief
    • There are times when you need to act quickly to protect your position or company. We have extensive experience in advising on and obtaining injunctions, freezing orders and orders for possession.
  • Estates and trusts
    • We have a long history of acting on many of New Zealand’s leading trust cases. With significant assets, personal relationships and complex law often involved, our experience sets us apart.