CASES

& EXPERIENCE

COMMERCIAL

LITIGATION

  • Acting for a large commercial cleaning company pursuing relief for alleged breach of confidence and fiduciary duty by former employees in High Court interim injunction proceedings and Employment Relations Authority litigation (sole counsel).

  • Successfully defended copyright infringement proceedings against a strike-out application in the High Court (Burden v ESR Group (NZ) Ltd [2019] NZHC 1546) and successful appeal to the Court of Appeal (Burden v ESR Group (NZ) Ltd [2020] NZCA 560) permitting amendment of pleadings to include new allegations of infringement post-liability hearing (led by Andrew Brown QC).

  • Acting for Scapegrace Distillery Co, New Zealand's best-selling New Zealand-made gin, against a new gin market entrant for alleged passing off and breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986 (led by Andrew Brown QC).

  • Acting for Bed Bath & Beyond in proceedings brought against Bed Bath N' Table for trade mark infringement and invalidity, passing off and breach of the Fair Trading Act (led by Kevin Glover).

 
  • Acted for Apple Inc in trade mark opposition proceedings before IPONZ over the trade mark IWATCH (Apple Inc v Swatch AG [2019] NZIPOTM 30) (led by Andrew Brown QC).

  • Acted for Recorded Music, the New Zealand sound recording licensing body, in a two-day mediation with New Zealand radio stations over the payable rate for music on radio (with Andrew Brown QC).

  • Acted for two large New Zealand media companies defending copyright infringement proceedings brought by SKY TV for use of rugby TV clips (led by Andrew Brown QC).

IP RIGHTS LITIGATION

 

MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE

  • Appointed as counsel to Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, to investigate and consider alleged miscarriages of justice.

  • Acting for Gail Maney in her appeal against conviction for the murder of Deane Fuller-Sandys (led by Julie-Anne Kincade QC).

  • Acted for Mark Lundy in his appeal against conviction before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (led by Jonathan Eaton QC).