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Areas of Practice

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Business/Trade

Consumer protection
Contracts
Employment
Franchising
Health and safety
Investigations and charges by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
IT
Partnership disputes
Finance/Solvency

Banking and finance

Creditor schemes of arrangement
Insolvency (liquidation and receivership)
Investigation and charges by the Financial Markets Authority and Serious Fraud Office

Company Issues

Director’s duties and liabilities
Shareholder disputes

Land/Property

Body corporate issues
Construction law
Forestry
Leaky buildings
Lease disputes
Property development

Personal/Family

ACC
Defamation
Equity
Family protection
Media law
Privacy law
Sports law
Torts
Trusts
Wills and estates

Insurance

Aviation
Marine
Personal
Property

Treaty of Waitangi

Negotiated settlements with Crown

Construction/Marine Construction

Having acted as counsel on numerous construction cases and leaky building claims as well the receivership of Hartner Construction Limited, I am able to can assist with all aspects of construction law.
As lead counsel on several international super yacht arbitrations, managing director and CEO of a super yacht construction company and as a receiver of another super yacht company, I have particular expertise in marine construction, refits, financing and contracts.

Transportation

Marine

With considerable legal and commercial experience of the marine industry, I can act as counsel or mediator in all aspects of the marine industry.  As well as expertise in marine construction, I have particular experience in marine/super-yacht insurance, brokerage, leasing, sales and chartering.

Aviation

Aviation law and operations are areas of interest and expertise.  My practical aviation experience includes 8 years flying with the Royal New Zealand Airforce, conducting VIP operations, transport operations, anti -submarine warfare, search and rescue and maritime resource protection.

As a barrister I have acted for aviation insurers in both airline and general aviation, in relation to aviation accidents and investigation, inquests, loss of life and injury claims, property damage, cargo claims and victim and third party claims.
I have represented IATA in dealings relating to the travel industry, travel agencies and international ticketing and have been involved in the statutory management of Ansett Airlines, the receivership of Qantas New Zealand, and the sale of a domestic aviation operator.

Freight

I am a director of a group of freight companies that is engaged in international freight, domestic freight forwarding, line haul and third party logistics.