Bob provides expert legal representation in dispute litigation. He has specific interests in contract, torts (particularly misrepresentation and negligence), restitution, company and commercial disputes, and insolvency. As well as representing clients in court and in arbitrations, Bob provides strategic advice and proactive management of resolving disputes and anticipated disputes. He is conscious of client goals and constructs a strategy to achieve these.
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 2000-2006: Solicitor and Senior Associate, Bell Gully litigation department
- 1999-2000: Legal Counsel, Court of Appeal of Alberta
- 1997-1998: Assistant Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office
- 1995-1996: Judge's Clerk, Court of Appeal of New Zealand
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Board Member, Shortland Chambers
- Board Member, NZLCE (NZ Law Socitey Continuing Education)
- Member, Faculty of Litigation Skills Programme (NZ Law Society)
- Member, NZ Bar Assocation
- Member, NZ Law Society
- 2014: NZ Law Society seminar 'Issues in unjust enrichment'
- 2013: NZ Law Society seminar 'Practical enforcement of judgments'
- 2007-2011: NZ Law Society seminar 'Practical presentations of legal arguments for junior litigators'
Bob's experience includes:
- Acting for an international telecommunications company in a dispute with a service provider;
- In a competition law claim against a market dominant entity;
- For the Commerce Commission in a Fair Trading Act claim over structured finance products;
- For a listed company in a FMA inquiry;
- In SFO investigations;
- For directors in claims of breach of fiduciary duty;
- In a fidelity insurance claim (Marac Finance v Vero Liability  NZHC 2525);
- For the NZ franchisee of an international brand in a property dispute;
- As amicus in a Law Practitioners Disciplinary appeal (Orlov v NZLPDT  NZHC 1987);
- For various parties in leaky building claims (e.g. Minister of Education v Econicorp Holdings Ltd  NZCA 450);
- For the BNZ in a tax case involving structured finance transactions (BNZ v CIR (2009) 24 NZTC 23).
He has also acted on cases regarding:
- contribution among guarantors (Milloy v Dobson  NZHC 1631);
- lease reinstatement claims (e.g. Cazna v University of Auckland  NZHC 303);
- illegal contracts;
- protests to jurisdiction and conflicts of laws (e.g. Teece v KFH  NZHC 3162);
- removal of trustees;
- insolvency and bankruptcy (for liquidators, receivers, creditors, and individuals);
- sale and purchase agreements;
- banking mandate;
- shareholder and joint venture disputes;
- minority oppression/unfair prejudice claims;
- sharemilking agreements;
- unjust enrichment/restitution;
- false imprisonment and malicious prosecution; and
- in Law Society, NZICA, and NZIPA investigations.