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Specialising in helping businesses and individuals solve their commercial and intellectual property disputes, by giving independent advice on the legal position and strategy, and acting as an advocate.

Helping with your dispute

Being involved with a legal dispute is often stressful. My job as a barrister is to guide you through the process, to take the case through the courts if required, to advise you on alternatives to litigation, and enhance your position along the way.

About me

I have specialised in intellectual property and general civil and commercial disputes since being admitted in 2000. As a barrister, I’m an expert in the court process and presenting cases in court. I regularly act as lead counsel in trials, appellate cases, interim injunction applications and other interlocutory matters, from specialist tribunals to the superior courts.

My interest in intellectual property is driven by a lifelong love of the arts, an obsessive interest in great ideas and a healthy appetite for a good debate. I’m a former student radio DJ with eclectic taste in independent music and a patron of the Auckland Writers Festival.

I enjoy writing articles and texts, lecturing, and presenting papers on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Click here for more details of my presenting and writing.  I am an author of the leading text on IP in New Zealand, “Intellectual Property Law” (published by LexisNexis) and am responsible for sections on Trade Marks (with Associate Professor Rob Batty), Designs and some parts of the Copyright commentary.

Around half of my cases involve intellectual property, and the rest comprise general civil and commercial disputes. My general, non-IP cases are most often contract, company and trust disputes, often with a property aspect, including taking cases to appellate level. Those cases involve a wide range of subject matter regarding agreements for sale and purchase, leases, guarantees and shareholder disputes.

Prior to joining Shortland Chambers in 2009, I was a solicitor, senior solicitor and senior associate at leading law firms Bell Gully (Auckland), Ashurst (London), and Russell McVeagh (Auckland). I have an LL.M (First class) from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College), and a BA/LL.B(Hons) (First class) from the University of Waikato.

Kevin Glover

What Chambers and Partners says:

Kevin Glover is widely acknowledged for his intellectual property expertise, being both a published authority in the field and a much sought-after advocate who covers the full spectrum of copyright, patent, trade mark and associated issues. The fact that he is “very level-headed and very calm under pressure,” stressed by one source, is seen by another as just one characteristic of “an agile and flexible thinker” who, like “a quiet assassin,” consistently “looks for alternative angles.” The same interviewee adds: “He’s increasingly in demand, so, if you want to engage him, you need to move quickly.”

Chambers and Partners, Intellectual Property: The Bar – New Zealand, 2022

Areas of practice


The law of intellectual property is about the knowledge, the know-how, the design and the reputation of your brand and business.


I’m a recognised specialist in intellectual property with a strong academic and conceptual background in the field. I regularly present seminars and lectures and I’m a contributing author to textbooks on IP. That depth of knowledge and broad overview of the law is important, as with IP there is often overlap across the different rights and part of the skill and strategy lies in identifying the strongest of the potential arguments.


Examples of high-value or high-profile disputes where I have acted include:

If you need help with a commercial or intellectual property dispute, get in touch.