Zane Kennedy

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Zane is an experienced advocate and trial lawyer who regularly argues cases against Queens Counsel.

He has particular expertise in contract, financial services, intellectual property and insurance litigation.

Zane is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation and arbitration.

He has been recognised as a leading litigator in The Legal 500 every year from 2010 and in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global every year from 2011.

Professional background

Recent work

Crystal Imports Ltd

Acted for Crystal Imports Ltd, owner of five significant commercial buildings in Christchurch, in precedent-setting litigation against its underwriters arising out of the September 2010 and February 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The buildings were insured under a policy issued by certain underwriters of Lloyds of London.

Aon (Vanuatu)

Acting for Aon (Vanuatu) in relation to a claim by insureds against their insurer following destruction of their resort property by Cyclone Pam.

BDO (as liquidators of the Mainzeal Group of Companies)

Acting for the liquidators who have issued High Court proceedings against the directors of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited in claims relating to the collapse of Mainzeal and 12 related companies.

Aon New Zealand

Acting in proceedings brought against Aon by its former client Lyttelton Port Company Limited (LPC) claiming over NZ$180m after LPC suffered damage and losses in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Spark New Zealand Trading Ltd

Struck out novel proceedings brought by Blue Reach alleging that Spark breached the Fair Trading Act in applying to the NZCC for clearance under the Commerce Act to acquire radio spectrum.

Complete Office Supplies

Bringing the first application by a competitor under the Commerce Act for an injunction to prevent Platinum Equity LLC from acquiring OfficeMax’s New Zealand business on the basis that the merger is anti-competitive.


  • 1993, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), University of Auckland


  • Member INSOL


  • Advocacy
  • Commercial Claims
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Disputes Resolution and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Negligence


  • Nominee - New Zealand Disputes Star of the Year - Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Dispute Resolution Awards 2018
  • Ranked as a Band 1 Dispute Resolution lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
  • Ranked as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers for Litigation