Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We are a significant force in dispute resolution and litigation in Christchurch.

We understand that disputes arise for a broad variety of reasons, and that there is no “one size fits all” solution.  Our approach is to seek to manage conflicts in a pragmatic and cost effective way.  We discuss with you at the outset of any dispute instruction exactly what it is you aim to achieve, and then plan a strategy in conjunction with you to achieve those objectives.

Our litigators have expertise in resolving a broad range of disputes.  We regularly appear in the courts and specialist tribunals, as well as at arbitrations.  But we understand that clients frequently also want to resolve disputes without the risk and cost involved in going to a hearing.  For that reason, we always consider alternative ways of resolving a dispute, whether it be by informal settlement negotiation, mediation, or expert determination.

If matters cannot be resolved and court is inevitable, we have significant trial experience, as well as experience in the appeal courts.  We have the expertise and depth to represent you confidently all the way to the end of your dispute.

Our litigation expertise and experience covers the following fields:

  • Contract and commercial disputes of all types, including disputes arising in relation to property and business sales, supply of goods, restraints of trade, intellectual property, joint ventures, franchises
  • Property law disputes
  • Employment
  • Insolvency, including acting for insolvency professionals, creditors and debtors in relation to company liquidations, receiverships, voluntary administrations and bankruptcies.
  • Insurance, including acting for both insureds in disputes involving business interruption, fire and material damage policies (including claims associated with the Christchurch earthquakes), and for insurers and insureds in relation to professional indemnity matters (including acting on claims against other professionals where the wrong advice has been given).
  • Urgent relief, including injunctions, asset freezing orders and search orders.

 

 

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