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.