Alex Church

Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Alex specialises in litigation and dispute resolution with a focus on complex commercial disputes. He combines a pragmatic, commercial approach with technical and strategic analysis.

Alex has represented clients from a wide range of sectors on disputes involving court proceedings, arbitration and mediation. He has also acted for large financial institutions and professional services firms for both internal and external investigations and contentious regulatory matters. Alex has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2021, Alex worked in the Dispute Resolution department at Linklaters in London for over five years. Before moving to London, Alex worked at another leading New Zealand law firm.

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Professional background

Recent work

Payment dispute

Acting for a network services provider on a dispute concerning the proper interpretation and alleged rectification of end-of-term payment provisions in a project services agreement.

IT and services

Acting for a global airline on a dispute arising out of a breach of a services agreement that caused a major datacentre outage.

Professional services regulation

Representing a Big Four accounting firm on a contentious regulatory investigation arising out of the provision of material to a regulator.


Acting for a major telecommunications company on multiple disputes concerning shared network infrastructure.

Financial services regulation

Advising a bank on regulatory compliance and review of certain retail banking products, procedures and treatment of customers.

Aviation and debt recovery

Acting for a bank on the repossession and sale of privately-owned aircraft and related debt enforcement proceedings.


  • 2011, New Zealand


  • BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland


  • Commercial and corporate disputes
  • Banking and finance litigation
  • Regulatory investigations and compliance