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

Multiparty arbitration

Acting for an agriculture business in arbitral proceedings to defend related claims brought by a large number of suppliers.

Termination dispute

Advising a retail bank in relation to a contractual dispute with a supplier and the rights and obligations arising under the agreement and out of the agency relationship.

Multinational High Court litigation

Acting for an energy infrastructure company to bring a claim against entities within New Zealand and abroad in relation to a multi-million-dollar claim caused by a product failure which led to the shutdown of critical plant.

Complex contractual interpretation

Acting for the defendant entities in respect of a claim in High Court proceedings in relation to the proper interpretation and rectification of a supply agreement and the interests in a new entity that had been established between the parties.

Commission payment dispute

Advising a health and wellness company in relation to a dispute over commission allegedly payable to an offshore entity, including the strategic ramifications for related claims in other jurisdictions.

Fraud/misconduct investigation

Advising a not-for-profit organisation in respect of potential fraud and misconduct by a former board member and others, including as to legal culpability and the development of an appropriate strategy to respond to concerns within the organisation and properly progress the matter toward resolution.

Admitted

  • 2011, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland

Specialisations

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