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Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals

Acting for and against decision-makers concerning the validity of their decision-making

Contract and Company

Complex contractual disputes and corporate law matters, including breach and termination issues, shareholder disputes, agency, frustration and statutory compliance

Conflict of laws

Acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in respect of cross-border commercial issues and the international enforcement of foreign judgments

IP and Media 

Acting on a range of intellectual property and media matters, including various copyright claims and defamation disputes

Competition and Fair Trading

Acting for parties in claims under the Commerce Act and the Fair Trading Act 

Lender and Insolvency

Acting for banks and insolvency practitioners on a large range of debt collection, restructuring and insolvency matters including priority disputes and director claims

Land law

Experienced in a range of land law disputes including the removal of caveats, priority issues, public works acquisitions and mortgagee sales

Insurance Law

Advising on interpretation issues and acting for insureds in respect of various claims against professionals

Relevant Court Judgments


CaseDateCourtLed by
(if any)
DescriptionExpertise
Vector Limited v The Electricity Authority [2019] NZCA 49, [2019] 3 NZLR 192019-03-13CAA R Galbraith QCDecision about the respective roles of the Electricity Authority and the Commerce Commission in regulating electricity distributors.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Re General Electric International Inc [2018] NZHC 33682018-12-17HC Appeal of a decision by the New Zealand Registrar of Companies, about an exemption from filing audited financial statements.Company; Judicial Review
Vector Limited v The Electricity Authority [2018] NZCA 543, [2019] 3 NZLR 1, [2019] NZAR 602018-11-30CAA R Galbraith QCDecision about the scope of the Electricity Authority's jurisdiction to seek more standardisation in electricity distribution agreements.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Sky Network Television Ltd v My Box NZ Ltd [2019] 2 NZLR 411 (HC), (2018) 136 IPR 3412018-10-25HC Obtaining summary judgment under the Fair Trading Act about the illegality of pre-loaded Kodi boxes.IP; Media; Fair Trading
City Financial Investment Co (New Zealand) Ltd v Transpower New Zealand Ltd [2018] NZHC 14882018-08-06HC Acting for the Electricity Authority in an appeal and judicial review of the Authority's decision about alleged Code breaches concerning the HVDC link.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Gibson v Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd [2018] NZHC 412018-02-01HCR B Stewart QCActed for administrators to obtain a determination about the proper interpretation of the terms of a deed of arrangement.Contract; Insolvency
Miraka Limited v Milk New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Limited [2017] NZHC 21632017-09-08HC Acted for the plaintiff in a summary judgment proceeding concerning take or pay and arbitration clauses.Contract
Vector Limited v The Electricity Authority [2017] NZHC 1774;2017-07-31HCA R Galbraith QCDeclaratory judgment application about the respective roles of the Electricity Authority and the Commerce Commission in regulating electtricity distributors.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Jackson v Porwal [2017] NZHC 15142017-07-03HC Obtaining freezing and ancillary disclosure orders against guarantors.Lender; Insolvency
Unison Networks Limited v Solar City Limited [2017] NZHC 13432017-06-19HC Acting for the Electricity Authority in a Part 20 appeal against a decision of the Rulings Panel concerning the Ruling Panel's jurisdiction to hear Code disputes.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Spark New Zealand Trading Ltd v Commerce Commission [2017] NZHC 2382017-02-22HCTC Weston QCActing for SKY in respect of an application to stay the effect of a Commerce Commission clearance decision pending appeal.Competition
Gibson v Solid Energy New Zealand Limited [2016] NZHC 29392016-12-06HCR B Stewart QCApplication for directions about interpretation of a clause in a deed of company arrangement concerning standing to vote on variations.Contract; Lender; Insolvency
Trustpower Limited (formerly Bay Energy) v Electricity Authority [2016] NZHC 2914, [2017] 2 NZLR 2532016-12-02HCA R Galbraith QCJudicial review concerning the validity of a consultation process.Electricity; Judicial Review
Cargill International S.A. v Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd [2016] NZHC 18172016-08-05HCR B Stewart QCActed for the administrators in a challenge to the validity of a deed of company arrangement.Lender; Insolvency
Splice Fruit Ltd v New Zealand Kiwifruit Board [2016] NZHC 864, [2016] NZAR 6802016-07-07HC Judicial review of regulator's decision to decline an application for collaborative marketing.Judicial Review
Cadre Investments Ltd v Activedocs Ltd [2016] NZHC 14892016-07-01HC Proceedings to determine the rights attaching to preference shares.Company; Contract
Ferrer-Aza v NZONE Race Management Ltd [2016] NZHC 8852016-05-04HC Summary judgment application about release and exclusion clauses.Contract
Vector Ltd v Transpower New Zealand Ltd [2015] NZHC 29592015-11-25HC Issue of whether an exemption appeal should be transferred directly to the Court of Appeal to be heard with a declaratory judgment appeal.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Commerce Commission v Enviro Waste Services Ltd [2015] NZHC 29362015-11-24HC Penalty hearing about Commerce Act breaches.Competition
Cantara Limited v Bank of New Zealand [2015] NZHC 27752015-11-09HC Summary judgment for the defendant in respect of lender liability claims.Lender; Contract
Retail Ready Logistics Ltd (In liq) v Bank of New Zealand [2015] NZHC 26822015-10-30HC Obtaining security for costs in respect of claim by company in liquidation.Lender; Insolvency
Focus Genetics Ltd Partnership v Soldiers Trading Ltd [2015] NZHC 21272015-09-03HC Interim injunction pending determination of contractual disputes.Contract
Cox v Auckland Council [2015] NZHC 18782015-08-10HC Dispute about whether a settlement precluded further claims arising from the acquisition of land for public works.Contract; Land
Vector Ltd v Transpower New Zealand Ltd [2014] NZHC 34112014-12-24HCA R Galbraith QCActing for the Electricity Authority in an application for a declaratory judgment about statutory interpretation.Electricity; Public Law; Judicial Review
Geneva Healthcare Ltd v Essential Assets Ltd (2014) 15 NZCPR 8262014-12-16HC Sustaining caveats, involving issues of intention to contract and electronic signatures.Contract; Land
Nestlé New Zealand Ltd v Mars New Zealand Ltd [2014] NZHC 18372014-08-06HC A claim about whether attribute claims on cat food packaging were misleading and deceptive.Fair Trading
Fortes v Bank of New Zealand [2014] NZCA 3462014-07-24CA Summary judgment granted in favour of the bank upheld by Court of Appeal.Lender; Contract
Re Postie Plus Group Ltd [2014] NZHC 13372014-06-13HC Extension of time for Watershed Meeting.Lender; Insolvency
Kim v STX Pan Ocean Co Ltd [2014] NZHC 8452014-05-29HC Acting for overseas shipping company (in administration) in respect of ship arrests in New Zealand and cross-border insolvency issues.Conflict of Laws
Mawhinney v Registrar-General of Land [2014] NZCA 222014-02-20CA Application for extension of time to appeal decision about security.Company; Land
Planet Kids Limited v Auckland Council [2013] NZSC 147, [2014] 1 NZLR 149; (2013) 14 NZCPR 694 (SC)2013-12-17SCJ A Farmer QCCase about whether a contract was frustrated by the termination of a lease. Court of Appeal decision overturned by the Supreme Court.Contract; Land
Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2013] NZSC 1202013-11-14SC Leave declined in respect of judgment about dispute over mortgage priorities.Contract; Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZHC 28392013-10-29HC Application for interim injunction to restrain mortagee sales.Lender; Insolvency; Land
Bank of New Zealand v Fortes [2013] NZHC 21882013-08-28HC Summary judgment against a debtor involving alleged misconduct of debtor's agent.Lender; Contract
Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2013] NZCA 401, (2013) 14 NZCPR 7592013-08-27CA Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision about mortgagee priorities.Contract; Land
Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd v Forest Trustee Ltd [2012] NZHC 32712013-06-24HC Acted for mortgagee in priority dispute and to obtain orders for registration of a priority instrument.Contract; Land
Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2013] NZHC 15302013-06-24HC Successfully opposed application to sustain three caveats.Contract; Land
Cox v Auckland Council [2013] NZHC 14592013-06-11HC Strike out of claim for compensation for Public Works acquisition.Land; Contract
ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Mawhinney [2013] NZHC 10502013-05-09HC Obtained orders to remove caveat.Contract; Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand [2013] NZSC 442013-05-01SC Mr Hart's application to Supreme Court declined.Contract; Lender; Insolvency; Land
Planet Kids Limited v Auckland Council [2013] NZSC 362013-04-18SC Leave to appeal granted in case about whether a contract was frustrated by the termination of a lease. Contract; Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZSC 272013-04-11SC Leave to appeal to Supreme Court declined concerning Mr Hart's adjudication, and Court of Appeal's decision to strike out for non-payment of security.Lender; Insolvency
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand [2013] NZCA 942013-04-10CA Application to adjourn hearing of summary judgment appeal, declined on basis that appeal abandoned by Official Assignee.Contract; Lender; Insolvency; Land
Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2013] NZHC 3692013-02-28HC Application for access for landlocked land, involving issues of standing.Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZCA 202013-02-19CA Appeal of High Court order adjudicating Mr Hart bankrupt struck out for non-payment of security.Lender; Insolvency
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZCA 942013-02-12CA Application re waiver of security.Lender; Insolvency
Re ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd, ex parte Hart [2012] NZHC 34642012-12-17HC Obtained order adjudicating Mr Hart bankrupt.Lender; Insolvency
Planet Kids Limited v Auckland Council [2012] NZCA 562, [2013] 1 NZLR 485, (2012) 13 NZCPR 683, [2013] NZCCLR 32012-11-30CA Court of Appeal upheld decision of High Court that a contract for a Public Works acquisition was frustrated by a fire terminating the lease.Contract; Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2012] NZHC 31952012-11-28HC Challenge to exercise of mortgagee's power of sale, seeking stay of execution.Lender; Insolvency; Land
ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Hart [2012] NZHC 2839;2012-10-29HC Summary judgment granted for more than $20 million.Contract; Lender; Insolvency; Land
Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd v Forest Trustee Ltd [2012] NZHC 27672012-10-19HC In a proceeding about mortgage priorities, an appliction for third party joinder.Contract; Land
Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd v Forest Trustee Ltd [2012] NZHC 27482012-10-18HC Application for interim injunction pending resolution of mortgagee priority dispute.Contract; Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2012] NZHC 22912012-09-06HC Costs decision considering issues of withdrawal of solicitor and role of solicitor on the record.Lender; Insolvency; Land
ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Uruamo (No 2) (2012) 13 NZCPR 6542012-07-27HC Removal of caveat involving Maori land issues.Contract; Land; Lender
ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Uruamo [2012] NZHC 1914, (2012) 13 NZCPR 6432012-07-27HC Hearing of stay pending appeal of decision to remove caveats.Land
Hart v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2012] NZHC 17042012-07-12HC Application for injuctive relief to prevent mortgagee enforcement and bank's application for removal of caveats.Contract; Lender; Insolvency; Land
Propst v ANZ National Bank Limited HC Auckland CIV-2012-404-2345, 11 May 20122012-05-11HC Injunction application to determine the scope of a mortgage granted by tenants in common, and the validity of Property Law Act notices.Lender; Land
The Country Channel Ltd (In Liq) v Sky Network Television Limited [2012] NZHC 2852012-02-28HC Application for security for costs against company in liquidation.Contract
Planet Kids Limited v Auckland Council HC Auckland CIV-2011-404-17412011-12-16HC High Court decision finding that a contract for a Public Works acquisition was frustrated by a fire terminating the lease. Contract
EXAPL Ltd v Pact Group (NZ) Ltd HC Auckland CIV-2011-404-59192011-12-12HCR B Stewart QCDispute about liability under a purchase price wash-up provision, involving issues of contractual interpretation and the jurisdiction of an accounting expert.Contract
Turners & Growers Ltd v Zespri Group Ltd (2011) 13 TCLR 2862011-08-12HCD J Goddard QCActed for Zespri in successfully defending Commerce Act causes of action.Competition
Turners & Growers Ltd v Zespri Group Ltd (No 2) (2010) 9 HRNZ 3652010-08-13HCD J Goddard QCActed for Zespri in successfully striking out three causes of action, including a challenge to the legality of the kiwifruit industry single desk structure.Judicial Review; Public Law
Turners & Growers Ltd v Zespri Group Ltd (No 2) (2010) 9 HRNZ 3652010-05-05HCD J Goddard QCDecision about split determination of issues.Competition; Judicial Review; Public Law
North Shore City Council v Stiassny [2009] 1 NZLR 342; [2009] BCL 88 (CA)2009-12-02CAR B Stewart QCCourt of Appeal upheld judgment in favour of receivers about title to plastic bags and proceeds (PPSA issues).Contract; Lender; Insolvency
Bastin Enterprises Limited v Graham and Gibson HC Auckland CIV-2009-404-4443, 4 November 20092009-11-04HC Application for leave to commence court proceedings after proof of debt rejected in the liquidation.Insolvency
Transportation Auckland Corporation Limited v Auckland Regional Transport Authority DC Auckland CIV-2009-004-873,2009-10-09DC Acted for bus company in its appeal against ARTA's decisions to decline registration of proposed commercial bus services.Judicial Review
Commerce Commission v Cards NZ Ltd (No 2) (2009) 19 PRNZ 7482009-07-27HC Decision on procedural issues and hot tub for economic experts.Competition
Air New Zealand Limited v Wellington International Airport Limited [2009] NZCA 259, [2009] 3 NZLR 713, [2009] NZAR 138, [2009] NZCCLR 15 (CA)2009-06-29CAD J Goddard QCCourt of Appeal upheld two separate decisions striking out claims for judicial review of the Airport's decision setting landing charges.Judicial Review
Commerce Commission v Cards NZ Ltd HC Auckland CIV-2006-485-26932009-06-29HC Decision about admissibility of evidence.Competition
New Era Energy Incorporated v The Electricity Commission [2010] NZRMA 63; [2009] BCL 4422009-05-04HCA R Galbraith QCApplication for judicial review of the Electricity Commission's decision to approve the proposal for the North Island Grid Upgrade (400kV transmission lines).Judicial Review; Electricity
JS Brooksbank & Co (Australasia) Ltd v EXFTX Ltd (in rec & in liq) [2009] NZCA 122, (2009) 10 NZCLC 264,5202009-04-06CA Court of Appeal overturned decision about retention of title and PPSA issues concerning mistaken delivery by agents.Lender; Insolvency
Counties Manukau Trust v Manukau City Council [2009] 2 NZLR 260 (HC)2009-03-02HC Case about fiduciary obligations in contractual/joint venture context.Contract; Equity
Air New Zealand Limited v Wellington International Airport Limited [2009] NZAR 138, [2009] NZCCLR 15 (HC)2008-11-18HCD J Goddard QCSecond decision re striking out claims for judicial review of the Airport's decision setting landing charges.Judicial Review
Commerce Commission v Infratil Ltd [2008] NZSC 732008-09-19SCC R Curruthers QCLeave declined in respect of penalty for breach of Part 4 of the Commerce Act.Competition
Krukziener v Hanover Finance Ltd [2008] NZCA 187, [2010] NZAR 307, (2008) 19 PRNZ 1622008-06-26CAC R Carruthers QCSummary judgment for a debt of more than $4m under a guarantee upheld by the Court of Appeal.Lender; Contract
New Zealand Bus Ltd v Commerce Commission [2007] NZCA 502, [2008] 3 NZLR 433, (2008) 8 NZBLC 102,285, (2008) 12 TCLR 692008-06-06CA Commerce Commission claim about the acquisition of shares without a clearance. High Court finding of breach upheld by Court of Appeal.Competition
Stiassny v Dunedin City Council HC Auckland CIV-2007-404-34632008-05-30HC Obtained judgment in favour of receivers about title to plastic bags and proceeds (PPSA issues).Lender; Insolvency

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