Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Andrew specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He also leads our insurance practice. Andrew has particular expertise in commercial and contract disputes, corporate and regulatory issues, financial services, insurance, technology and telecoms.
Andrew regularly acts for major listed companies and financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world. He is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes and appearing as an advocate in all levels of the New Zealand courts. He also regularly settles cases in mediation.
Andrew began his career with our firm before spending nine years with Clifford Chance in London, the last three as a Partner. Since his return to New Zealand in 2009, he has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.
Represented Synlait in a Supreme Court appeal arising from a neighbouring landowner’s objection to its construction of a $280 million dairy processing factory on land that was subject to restrictive covenants.
Advised Refining NZ in relation to the Refinery to Auckland fuel pipeline leak in September 2017 that disrupted fuel supplies to Auckland International Airport and the Auckland region.
Across the board in insurance
Regularly advising and representing insurers, insurance brokers and insureds in all aspects of insurance law, including representing an insurer in all of its Canterbury earthquake claims.
High profile investor litigation
Represented investors in a successful claim against a former Las Vegas gaming executive arising from misrepresentations in relation to a winery and vineyard investment, including obtaining urgent injunctions, succeeding at trial and successfully defending three appeals to the Court of Appeal.
A major financial institution
Represented a financial institution in resolving a $60 million negligence claim, related insurance claims and third party claims against the insurers of a defunct construction firm, arising out of defects at a commercial building complex.
Receivers of Pike River Coal
Represented Pike River Coal’s receivers in achieving an $80 million property damage and business interruption claim settlement from the Pike River mine disaster.
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)
Represented LIC in successful High Court injunction proceedings and a subsequent trial against livestock companies claiming misuse of intellectual property.
Represented directors in resolving the first ever High Court regulatory proceedings alleging breaches of continuous disclosure obligations.
- 2002, England and Wales
- 1994, New Zealand
- LLM, University of British Columbia
- BA, LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago
- Commercial and Corporate Disputes
- Insurance Issues and Disputes
- Regulatory Compliance
- Banking and Finance Litigation
- Technology Disputes
- Ranked as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
- Ranked as a Leading Individual – Insurance and Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Recognised for Litigation Law and Telecommunications Law, Best Lawyers