Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Our dispute resolution team has an outstanding track record for resolving the most challenging disputes, providing you with practical advice on the law and litigation strategies that enhance your prospects of success. We have acted on some of the biggest cases in New Zealand, and have some of the country’s brightest and most capable litigators.

Specialist areas of expertise we can help you with include property and construction, insolvency and restructuring, financial services, employment, economic regulation and competition, insurance, energy, environment and public law.

Our aim is to help you avoid disputes wherever possible, and can guide you through mediation and arbitration if this is the right option for you. We’re also right at home at all levels of the court system including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Privy Council. Legal advice across borders and quick access to courts is no problem either, thanks to our international network through the MinterEllison Legal Group.

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Aaron Lloyd

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Aaron is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, sports law and employment law.  Aaron leads our sports law practice, and is a member of the firm’s health and safety and public law teams.

Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations. He is recognised by both clients, and his peers, for being able to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity for our clients. His ability has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences.

In 2017 Aaron was named by Chambers & Partners (Asia Pacific) as one of New Zealand’s leading sports lawyers, and has been recognised for his employment and sports law expertise in other legal directories including Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland.

Aaron Lloyd

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9971
M: +64 21 532 000
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Andrew Horne

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Andrew specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and leads our insurance practice. He has particular expertise in commercial and contract disputes, corporate and regulatory issues, financial services, insurance, technology and telecoms.

Andrew has acted for major listed companies and financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world. He is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes, including taking cases to trial and resolving disputes through mediation. He also helps clients avoid disputes by resolving issues at an early stage.

Andrew began his career as an associate lawyer in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ dispute resolution team before spending nine years with Clifford Chance in London, the last three as a Partner, where he specialised in commercial disputes with a particular focus on corporate, financial services and technology litigation.

Since his return to MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2009, Andrew has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Andrew Horne

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9903
M: +64 21 2451 545
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Bianca Tree

Partner - Environment and Planning

Bianca is a specialist in resource management and environmental law. She provides advice on all aspects of the Resource Management Act 1991 and related legislation. She has experience across a broad range of development projects and environmental issues, including in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, aquaculture, forestry and energy sectors. Bianca’s clients value her knowledge of their business and her clear commercial advice on resource consent and planning process.

Bianca has extensive experience of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, with direct involvement in the regional policy statement, business, transport, heritage and air quality chapters. She also acted for several clients to achieve an uplift in zoning or area specific precinct controls.

Bianca also has experience in the related fields of the Public Works Act and the Local Government Act, including development contributions and private development agreements.

Bianca Tree

Partner


Environment and Planning
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9784
M: +64 27 700 8883
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Briony Davies

Partner - Public Law

Briony is an experienced advisor and advocate in public law and regulatory matters. Her expertise is in the development and application of regulatory frameworks, public law litigation and dispute resolution, privacy and data protection, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and crisis management.

Briony has provided a wide range of strategic, legal and litigation advice across the airports, electricity, gas, telecommunications, primary production/processing, transport and financial services sectors. Her clients have included large regulated corporates, government agencies, quasi-regulatory bodies, industry groups, political parties and educational institutes.

Briony Davies

Partner


Public Law
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5134
M: +64 27 444 9736
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Gillian Service

Partner - Employment

Gillian is an experienced advocate with a pragmatic approach that is highly valued by clients. She helps clients manage risks and protect business proprietary interests. Gillian negotiates executive severance arrangements and represents clients in personal grievance claims through all levels of the New Zealand court system.

Her broad employment practice includes advising on restraints of trade and protection of confidential information; industrial relations and collective bargaining matters; restructuring programmes including outsourcing, redundancy and consultation processes; and health and safety matters.

Gillian is an internationally recognised employment law specialist, with significant experience practicing in top tier law firms in New Zealand, Scotland and England.

Gillian Service

Partner


Employment
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9817
M: +64 21 366 760
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Jane Standage

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Jane is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in banking and financial services litigation, class action disputes, complex contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and disputes involving issues of companies and securities law.

Jane has acted on large scale commercial disputes in New Zealand and internationally.  She is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes involving court proceedings, mediation and arbitration.  She also offers commercially astute advice in order to avoid disputes and to resolve matters at an early stage.

Jane joined MinterEllisonRuddWatts in January 2017 from another major New Zealand law firm.  Prior to that, Jane worked in the commercial litigation team at Allen & Overy, London.  She also completed a Master of Laws at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship and Hauser Global Scholarship.  In the early part of her career, Jane was a Judge’s Clerk at the New Zealand Court of Appeal and worked as a junior barrister for David Goddard QC.  She was the top graduating law student at Victoria University of Wellington.  Jane is also a member of the New Zealand Law Society Law Reform Committee.

Jane Standage

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9754
M: +64 21 411 728
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Janine Stewart

Partner - Construction

Janine is a specialist construction, property and projects lawyer who acts on the full spectrum of construction projects and property disputes. She has particular experience in claims under the Public Works Act 1981 (for land acquisition relating to development) and mid-project and post-project phases of construction. Janine is known for her pragmatic approach, adopting either litigation and/or dispute resolution to achieve a commercially-effective outcome for her clients.

Janine also has significant experience in landlord and tenant obligations and contentious rent review disputes. She regularly appears in various dispute forums.

Named Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the 2015 New Zealand Law Awards and up and coming in 2016 Chambers directory, Janine is actively engaged in thought leadership on issues impacting the property and construction industry.  Janine regularly contributes to a number of publications and presents widely on complex construction and property issues.

Janine lectures ‘Law for Construction” in the Masters of Project Management programme at AUT University, is a member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law and a member of the Building Advisory Panel to MBIE.

Janine Stewart

Partner


Construction
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9922
M: +64 21 784 808
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Mark Sandelin

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Mark is a leading commercial and contract litigation lawyer, and a member of the partnership’s board.

He has specialist knowledge and experience in banking and finance recoveries, creditors’ remedies, receivership and insolvency law, Securities Act litigation, relationship property disputes, and commercial and contract law.

Mark represents major banking and financial institutions in New Zealand as well as many receivers and liquidators. He has acted for a range of clients facing investigation by the Financial Markets Authority and Serious Fraud Office. He also has a significant practice representing clients in relationship property disputes. Mark also has extensive experience in other forms of dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on mediation. He has acted both as mediator and as counsel in numerous mediations involving commercial disputes.

Mark Sandelin

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9813
M: +64 21 610 206
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Megan Richards

Partner - Employment and Public Law

Megan leads both the public law team and the Wellington employment team and acts for both public and private sector clients. She has practiced law for over 20 years in top tier firms in New Zealand, Australia and London, and sits on the partnership’s board.

Her practice traverses strategic, litigious and time-critical day-to-day advice on all aspects of Public law and Employment related law. Megan regularly acts for numerous government departments and crown entities (including central government education agencies).

Bringing significant experience to all employment related matters, Megan regularly advises on drafting employment agreements and HR policies, managing poor performance, restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, leave entitlements, minimum standards compliance, secondments, fixed term employment, KiwiSaver, collective bargaining, independent contractor arrangements, establishing business in NZ and recruiting staff, and restraints of trade and other post termination obligations.

As a recognised expert in Employment law, Megan is on the Editorial Boards of employment publications and is also the co-author of the Laws of New Zealand Employment chapter. As a recognised expert in Public Law, Megan is also an external member of the Legislation, Design and Advisory Committee (which is an appointment by the Attorney General).

Megan is also a Public Law expert and advises on exercise of statutory powers, legislative drafting, discrimination and judicial review proceedings, risk management and legal compliance and governance.

Megan’s leading expertise across Employment and Public Law is consistently noted in independent national and international peer guides, including Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.

She also has specialist expertise in PPPs having acted for the Ministry of Defence (UK) on their defence procurement and Railtrack plc on the privatisation of the UK railway.

Megan Richards

Partner


Employment and Public Law
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5023
M: +64 21 676 430
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Oliver Meech

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Oliver is an experienced general litigator and specializes in handling complex commercial litigation, and competition, regulatory and consumer law matters.

Oliver advises on contentious and non-contentious aspects of competition, regulatory and consumer law. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, restrictive trade practices, unilateral conduct and regulation. He advises clients in Commerce and Fair Trading Act investigations and with their interactions with the commercial regulators. He advises on front-end compliance and, in the consumer law area, has represented clients before the courts and before the Advertising Standards Complaints Board.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 describes Oliver as “a well-reputed competition and consumer law specialist, with one client praising his ‘expert strategic advice on engagement with competition and consumer regulators.’” He is also a published contributor to publications such as “The Private Competition Enforcement Review“.

Oliver Meech

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5095
M: +64 21 605 021
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Oliver Skilton

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Oliver provides advice and advocacy as counsel in complex and often strategically important cases. He has a broad corporate and commercial law practice with a focus on investigations, prosecutions and civil proceedings initiated by regulators. He also advises clients in contractual, shareholder and fair trading disputes and on commercial contracts that might have a contentious angle.  He has a particular interest in privacy and data protection including the proposed reforms of the Privacy Act and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Oliver joined MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2010 having worked as a litigator at Clyde & Co in London and Clayton Utz in Sydney.

Oliver Skilton

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9731
M: +64 27 513 7594
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Rachel Devine

Partner - Environment and Planning

Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel is President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.

Rachel Devine

Partner


Environment and Planning
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9912
M: +64 21 521 299
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