Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Oliver is an experienced general litigator and specialises in handling complex commercial litigation as well as 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. Oliver regularly advises clients in Commerce and Fair Trading Act investigations and with their interactions with the commercial regulators. He also 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 2019 notes, about Oliver: “One impressed client says: ‘He’s very approachable and easy to work with and a highly effective listener. He’s focused and articulate, and his depth of knowledge and experience has resulted in us being both well informed and well represented on highly specialised and complex legal matters.’” He is also a published contributor to publications such as The Private Competition Enforcement Review.
From June 2020 to March 2021, Oliver is in a fixed term full-time role with the NZ Commerce Commission as General Counsel, Competition and Consumer.
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.
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. Oliver also advises 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. Oliver acts 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.
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.
- 2002, England and Wales
- 1996, New Zealand
- LLM (Cantab), University of Cambridge
- LLB (Hons), University of Otago
- Class Actions
- Commercial Claims
- Competition and Consumer Law
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation
- Energy and Resources
- Ranked as a leading Competition lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
- Ranked as a Leading Individual – Competition, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Recognised for Litigation, Best Lawyers