CASES

& EXPERIENCE

COMMERCIAL

LITIGATION

  • Acting for a foreign businessman in dispute with a former partner before the High Court including allegations of fraud, bribery and forgery (sole counsel). 

  • Acting for a cryptocurrency payments service company in dispute with its former lawyers over payment of alleged legal fees, including successfully disputing two statutory demands (sole counsel). 

  • Acting for a housing developer in High Court proceedings over a dispute with its architect, planner, surveyor and the local government body over negligently drawn plans (sole counsel).

 

  • Acting in High Court judicial review proceedings for an incorporated society seeking interim and permanent relief against a local government body for breach of natural justice and illegality (led by Sam Lowery).

  • 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).

 
  • Acting for the LEGO Group to identify, locate and seize counterfeit products, including drafting High Court proceedings for without notice interim orders (led by Andrew Brown QC).

  • Acting for the LEGO Group in High Court proceedings including allegations of trade mark infringement, passing off and breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986 (led by Andrew Brown QC).

  • 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

 

CRIMINAL LITIGATION

  • Acting in appeals before the Court of Appeal as to conviction and sentence, and in criminal proceeds recovery litigation (led by Ron Mansfield QC).

  • 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).