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“.

Professional background

Recent work

Merger clearances and investigations

Acted for Gasnet in a Commerce Commission investigation into whether the acquisition, by First Gas, of Gasnet pipeline assets in the Bay of Plenty substantially lessened competition.

Economic regulation

Provided legal advice to Wellington Electricity Lines Limited on its application to the Commerce Commission for “streamlined” approval to a new customised price-quality path.

Commerce Commission authorisation

Acted for the New Zealand Racing Board in its successful application to the Commerce Commission for authorisation to enter into commingling arrangements with Tabcorp Australia.

Fair Trading Act investigations

Represented Youi NZ and Trustpower in Commerce Commission investigations, and court proceedings, alleging misleading conduct in breach of the Fair Trading Act. Advised a range of other clients in active Commerce Commission consumer law investigations, and has represented clients before the Advertising Standards Complaints Board.

Gas price arbitration

Acted for Shell in a highly complex gas price arbitration concerning the Kapuni gas field. Acting for Shell in related High Court proceedings.

'Class’ or representative actions

Acted for the auditors of failed finance company, LDC Finance, in proceedings brought by the liquidators and investors in the company against its former directors, accountants, auditors and trustee company.

Product recall

Advised Thule on the NZ aspects of its global recall of certain Sprint bike carrier models, and 2degrees in connection with the NZ recall of the Samsung Note 7.

Admitted

  • England and Wales (2002 non-practising)
  • New Zealand (1996)

Qualifications

  • LL.M (Cantab) University of Cambridge (2000)
  • LL.B (Hons) University of Otago (1996)

Specialisations

  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Claims
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Energy and Resources

Awards

  • Ranked as a leading Competition lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific.
  • Ranked as a leading Competition lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific