Emma Currie

Senior Associate

Emma is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist, with particular expertise in insolvency.

Acting for large companies, small businesses and private individuals, Emma advises on a broad range of litigation involving contractual claims, shareholder disputes, breaches of directors’ duties, negligence, construction disputes, and fair trading.

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She regularly advises creditors, directors and liquidators on insolvency issues, including bankruptcy, receiverships, and liquidations, together with complex debt and asset recovery.

In addition to her commercial focus, Emma has extensive public law litigation experience and advises on statutory appeals, judicial review, regulatory prosecutions and investigations, together with a variety of insurance matters.

Emma has appeared in the District Court, High Court and specialist tribunals on a range of proceedings including injunctions. She also has experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation.

Recent highlights

  • Advising commercial clients on a wide range of claims for breach of contract.

  • Acting for a director in a High Court claim initiated by a group of prejudiced shareholders relating to company mismanagement.

  • Advising real estate agents in claims relating to misleading and deceptive conduct in the sale of commercial property.

  • Acting for a company subject to prosecution by the local council for breaches of the Resource Management Act 1991.

  • Acting for a client in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Acting for an not for profit agency subject to production orders in a public inquiry.

Insights

Chambers and Partners - Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 New Zealand chapter

23 February 2024

Government to reform financial services regulations

31 January 2024

Foodstuffs Merger – Commerce Commission releases Statement of Preliminary Issues

26 January 2024

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He tāngata

  • Contributing author of LexisNexis Practical Guidance and automated Court document tool.

  • Contributing author for Thomson Reuters insolvency precedents.

  • Long serving Wellington Community Law Centre volunteer.

Enterprising

  • Litigation experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

  • Secondment to an in-house government litigation team.

  • Member of the Woman in Restructuring and Insolvency (WIRI) Committee.

  • Member of the Society of Construction Law.

  • Member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association. 

  • Member of the Restructuring Insolvency Turnaround Association New Zealand.
  • Member of the NZLS Woman in Law Committee. 

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