Dion Morley

Senior Associate

Dion is a civil litigation Senior Associate in the Auckland litigation and dispute resolution team, with a particular interest in financial regulatory litigation, construction disputes and insolvency matters.

He has broad experience in a variety of civil litigation matters in both the District Court and High Court, ranging from contract disputes and debt recovery to complex class actions and regulatory investigations. His experience also includes insurance, insolvency, and defective building claims.

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At the outset of Dion’s career he gained experience in general commercial matters which allows him to provide practical and commercially pragmatic advice in resolving disputes.

Dion is also a keen early adopter of technology, focusing on providing efficiencies for the benefit of clients. He led the roll out of the Auckland team’s use of electronic bundling and e-discovery software.

Recent highlights

  • Representing one the directors of the failed CBL Corporation (and CBL Insurance) in the six High Court proceedings (FMA proceedings, liquidators’ proceedings and two sets of class actions issued by shareholders) issued against the directors in the aftermath of the $747m collapse of these companies.

  • Acting for an overseas-based settlor/beneficiary of a trust in respect of replacing a corporate trustee, and recovering trust assets that the director of the corporate trustee had attempted to misappropriate.

  • Acting for various clients in respect of Construction Contract Act disputes.

  • Acting for insurer clients on both indemnity and debt recovery matters.

  • Advising directors of their obligations under the Companies Act 1993.

  • Acting in various bankruptcy and liquidation disputes.


Limitation of liability clauses upheld by the High Court

18 April 2024

Chambers and Partners - Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 New Zealand chapter

23 February 2024

Tanya Wood features in Sparke Helmore's 2023 Construction Update

20 December 2023

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