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Litigation and Court

Our litigation and dispute resolution services

If you are facing a dispute, whether commercial or private, our skilled litigation and disputes resolution team aim to work with you to achieve the most favourable outcome. At the outset we advise on the most appropriate options to resolve the dispute, with a mind to achieving a cost effective solution.

Our team is experienced in the use of alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. However, when litigation is the only option, we are experienced over a broad range of matters in the various Tribunals, the District Court, Employment Court, Environment Court, Family Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal.

We regularly act on disputes involving:

  • Mediations and arbitrations
  • Contractual disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • Debt recovery and insolvency
  • Relationship property and family law
  • Insurance
  • Judicial review
  • Claims in tort, including negligence
  • Trust and estate litigation
  • Employment
  • Professional body disciplinary action
  • Criminal law
  • Intellectual property

Examples of our recent work

  • Successfully defending an application for summary judgment brought against a guarantor under a loan agreement in UDC Finance Limited v Rout [2015] NZHC 212.
  • Representing several clients in Adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
  • Successfully arguing for unequal division of relationship property Mauger v Mauger [2015] NZFC 570.
  • Successfully liquidating high profile Christchurch construction company Williams & Co Ltd.
  • Representing an engineer through the IPENZ complaints process arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes.
  • Obtaining an urgent freezing order over bank accounts in a relationship property dispute in Johnson v Watling, CIV-2012-409-1425, Christchurch High Court, 13 July 2012.
  • Successfully making application for summary judgment to recall letters of administration in Lee v Archer [2012] NZHC 3308.

External links to further information

New Zealand Law Society publications:

Specialists

Andrew Riches

Andrew Riches

Partner

T +64 3 963 1457
M 021 982 115
E andrew.riches@saunders.co.nz

Michael Kirkland

Michael Kirkland

Consultant/Special Counsel

T +64 3 963 1455
M 021 0285 1682
E jmk@saunders.co.nz

Anna Worrill

Anna Worrill

Lawyer

T +64 3 963 1461
M 027 200 8280
E anna.worrill@saunders.co.nz

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

Lawyer

T +64 3 966 7705
M 027 378 8857
E josh.taylor@saunders.co.nz

Peter Tatham

Peter Tatham

Consultant

T +64 3 349 5111
M 027 448 6336
E pjt@saunders.co.nz

Virginia Nichols

Virginia Nichols

Senior Associate | Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)

T +64 3 963 1463
M +64 27 449 8893
E virginia.nichols@saunders.co.nz