I have over 20 years
legal experience. Prior to setting up my own firm in 2006 with
an experienced corporate and commercial law colleague, I was a
partner in the litigation and dispute resolution team of an Auckland
city law firm. I am now in sole practice, providing purely litigation
and dispute resolution legal advice.
I graduated from
Auckland University in 1992 and was admitted to the New Zealand
Bar later that year. I have practiced continuously since that
I advise on contract
disputes, property disputes, tenancy disputes on behalf of tenants
and landlords, construction/building disputes and company and
partnership disputes. I also advise on insurance law, trade practice
law and directors reckless trading issues.
My skills include resolving disputes through alternative dispute
resolution (mediation, arbitration and negotiation) when appropriate.
I can provide mediation services to parties requiring an independent,
I have specialist
knowledge in the leaky building area. I hold a Judicial
Warrant as a part-time Adjudicator with the Weathertight Homes
Tribunal. That role sees me hearing and determining the often
complex claims brought in the Tribunal by the owners of leaky
homes and apartment blocks.
I continue to act
for builders, sub-contractors, architects, project managers, bodies
corporate and owners in the civil courts on these cases. I acted
on the first appeal from the WHT to the High Court.
In addition to acting
on leaky building cases, I regularly advise on Body Corporate
issues, including interpretation and validity of Body Corporate
Rules, disputes arising from Body Corporate Rules and other issues
arising in the Body Corporate context.
I have conducted
cases as counsel in Adjudications under the Construction Contracts
Act. I have been counsel in arbitrations.
In the insolvency
area, I act both for and against financiers, receivers and liquidators
on the myriad of complex issues raised by business failure. I
was counsel on the Portacom case, New Zealand's first case under
the Personal Property Securities legislation. I have also acted
for the Official Assignee in reckless trading actions against
directors following liquidation.
I advise finance
companies and other business clients on the timely and economic
recovery of bad debts and management of defaulting customers.
I advise on mortgagee sales for clients in that area.
I have appeared
in the Coroners Court and prosecuted criminal cases on behalf
of the Crown.
I am a regular conference
presenter on my areas of expertise and contributor to articles
on construction and insolvency issues. I have presented at both
LexisNexis and Conferenz conferences, both of whom are leading
legal education providers. I have also presented to NZIA, the
New Zealand body regulating Architects and to members of the construction
I have held a role
for two terms as a trustee on the board of Pasadena Intermediate
School in Auckland.
When I am not engaged
in legal practice, I relax by running, mountain and road biking
and enjoying our fantastic beaches.
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