General Background

I act for and advise clients on a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, appearing regularly in the High Court and appellate courts.  I have particular experience and expertise in appellate work, insurance law, company law, equity, the interpretation of contracts and other documents, remedies, vendor and purchaser, commercial leases, unit titles, and easements and covenants.  

I was previously an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland.  My research has been published in leading journals such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Insurance Law Journal, and the New Zealand Law Review.  I am a co-author of leading texts on company law and land law.

Professional Activities

  • Admitted to the Bar in 1992
  • Solicitor, Bell Gully Buddle Weir, Auckland 1991 to 1992
  • Lecturer, University of Nottingham, 1993 to 1995
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, University of Auckland, 1995 to 2008
  • Barrister Sole since 1998.

Other Activities

  • Editorial Board, Company and Securities Law Bulletin, 1996 to 2008
  • Co-editor, New Zealand Law Review, 1999 to 2004
  • Co-editor, New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 2007 to 2008
  • Contributing Editor on Insurance Law to the New Zealand Law Review, 1997 to date
  • Council Member, Legal Research Foundation, 1998 to 2004
  • Council Member, New Zealand Insurance Law Association, 2001 to 2013.

Case History

Recent appellate cases:

  • Green Growth No. 2 Ltd v Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust [2018] NZSC 75, [2019] 1 NZLR 161 (title to land; covenants)
  • Xu v IAG New Zealand Ltd [2018] NZCA 149, 20 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-177 (insurance – assignment; interpretation)
  • GTV Holdings Ltd v Harris [2018] NZCA 95 (sale of business – interpretation)
  • Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2018] NZCA 6 (insurance – costs)
  • Myall v Tower Insurance Ltd [2017] NZCA 561, [2017] 19 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-163 (insurance – interpretation; quantum)
  • He v Chen [2016] NZCA 340 (interpretation)
  • Raph Engle Concepts Ltd v SCL Holdings Ltd [2016] NZCA 309 (equitable assignment; contract interpretation)
  • Steel Co Ltd v Pipes NZ Ltd [2016] NZCA 175 (sale of goods; interpretation)
  • Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd [2015] NZSC 110, [2017] 1 NZLR 141, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-079 (insurance – quantum)
  • Medical Assurance Society of New Zealand Ltd v East [2015] NZCA 250, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-074 (insurance – quantum; reinstatement)
  • Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd v Morrison [2015] NZCA 246 (insurance – damage and destruction; quantum)
  • Earthquake Commission v Whiting [2015] NZCA 144, (2015) 23 PRNZ 411 (insurance – costs)
  • Kraal v Earthquake Commission [2015] NZCA 13, [2015] 2 NZLR 589, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-055 (insurance – concept of loss)
  • Tower Insurance Ltd v Skyward Aviation 2008 Ltd [2014] NZSC 185, [2015] 1 NZLR 341, 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-050 (insurance – quantum)
  • Islington Park Ltd v Ace Insurance Ltd [2014] NZCA 446 (insurance – quantum)
  • QBE Insurance (International) Ltd v Wild South Holdings Ltd [2014] NZCA 447 (insurance – automatic reinstatement of sum insured)
  • Wilson Parking New Zealand Ltd v Fanshawe 136 Ltd [2014] NZCA 407; [2014] 3 NZLR 567 (equitable estoppel – measure of relief)
  • He v Chen [2014] NZCA 153 (company law – derivative action)
  • Botany Land Development Ltd v Auckland Council [2014] NZCA 61, (2014) 14 NZCPR 813 (vendor and purchaser; encumbrances)
  • Body Corporate 114424 v LV Trust Holdings Ltd [2014] NZCA 21, (2014) 15 NZCPR 375 (unit titles – scheme)
  • Macrae v Walshe [2013] NZCA 664, (2013) 15 NZCPR 254 (easements)
  • Hickman v Turner and Waverly Ltd [2012] NZSC 72; [2013] 1 NZLR 741 (contract; securities regulation)
  • Totara Investments Ltd v Crismac Holdings Limited [2010] NZSC 36; [2010] 3 NZLR 285 (contract interpretation)
  • Parsot v Greig Developments Ltd [2009] NZCA 241; (2009) 10 NZCPR 308 (vendor and purchaser


Recent High Court cases: 

  • ‚ÄčEmmons Developments New Zealand Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd [2019] NZHC 277 (insurance – damage; interpretation)
  • Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Shirley Investments Ltd [2017] NZHC 3190 (insurance – interpretation)
  • C & S Kelly Properties Ltd v Earthquake Commission [2017] NZHC 1583 (insurance – damage)
  • Newhaven Waldorf Management Ltd v Allen [2015] NZHC 2770, (2015) 17 NZCPR 176 (unit titles; covenants)
  • TJK (NZ) Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd [2013] NZHC 298, (2013) 17 ANZ Insurance Cases 61-968 (insurance – obligation to pay indemnity value before reinstatement takes place)
  • Catley v Waipa Corporation Ltd [2010] NZCCLR 24 (company law – derivative action)

Publications and Seminars

Books

  • Watts, Campbell and Hare, Company Law in New Zealand (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2016)
  • Co-author of Hinde McMorland & Sim, Land Law in New Zealand (looseleaf and on-line)
  • Co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law, looseleaf.
  • Campbell and McLellan, Insurance Law and Litigation (NZLS Seminar, 2006)
  • Campbell and Cooper, Company Law Update (NZLS Seminar, 2008)
  • Co-author of Heath and Whale on Insolvency (looseleaf and on-line).

Articles

  • "Don't be lost: Different conceptions of loss in insurance" [2009] 20 Insurance Law Journal 40
  • "Revisiting Trevor Ivory v Anderson" [2006] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 33
  • "Enforceability of 'no caveat' clauses" [2006] 80 Australian Law Journal 215
  • "Good faith: Lessons from Insurance Law" [2005] New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 479
  • "Defective Amalgamations" [2005] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 53
  • "A Sceptical View of Good Faith in Insurance Law", in: Webb and Rowe (eds.) Insurance Law: Practice, Policy and Principles [2004]
  • "Distributions and Shareholder Current Accounts" [2004] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 9
  • "Monetary remedies for wrongful declinatures of insurance claims" [2004] 15 Insurance Law Journal 185
  • "Speculating on the Unfair Prejudice Jurisdiction" [2004] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 81
  • "Demystifying the Civil Liability of Corporate Agents" [2003] 62 Cambridge Law Journal 290
  • "Claims Against Directors and Agents" [2003] New Zealand Law Journal 109
  • "Resolving Allocation Problems in Liability Policies - Contract or Restitution?" [2003] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 449
  • "Contracting Around the Right to Caveat" in Grinlinton (ed) Taking Torrens into the Twenty-First Century [2003]
  • "Prevention of Performance in Replacement Cost Insurance - Preventing a Fictional Response" [2002] 10 Otago Law Review 229
  • "Leaking Homes, Leaking Companies?" [2002] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 101
  • "The Shareholder as Consumer of the Corporate Contract?" [2002] 8 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 452-456
  • "An Insured's Duty of Good Faith" [2001] New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 111.
  • "Does the Companies Act Codify Remedies?" [2001] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 53
  • "The Nature of an Insurer's Obligation" [2000] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 42
  • "Wilful Misconduct, Fraud, and the Innocent Co-insured" [2000] New Zealand Law Review 263
  • "An Insured's Remedies for Breach" [1999] 5 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 51
  • "Passing of Property in Contracts for the Sale of Unascertained Goods" [1996] Journal of Business Law 199
  • "Liability as a Shadow Director" [1994] Journal of Business Law 609
  • "The Duty to Give Reasons in Administrative Law" [1994] Public Law 184.

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Qualifications

BCom, LLB (Hons) (Auck)

LLM (Cantab)

Barrister Sole: 1998

Silk: 2013

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Qualifications

BCom, LLB (Hons) (Auck)

LLM (Cantab)

Barrister Sole: 1998

Silk: 2013

General Background

I act for and advise clients on a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, appearing regularly in the High Court and appellate courts.  I have particular experience and expertise in appellate work, insurance law, company law, equity, the interpretation of contracts and other documents, remedies, vendor and purchaser, commercial leases, unit titles, and easements and covenants.  

I was previously an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland.  My research has been published in leading journals such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Insurance Law Journal, and the New Zealand Law Review.  I am a co-author of leading texts on company law and land law.

Professional Activities

  • Admitted to the Bar in 1992
  • Solicitor, Bell Gully Buddle Weir, Auckland 1991 to 1992
  • Lecturer, University of Nottingham, 1993 to 1995
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, University of Auckland, 1995 to 2008
  • Barrister Sole since 1998.

Other Activities

  • Editorial Board, Company and Securities Law Bulletin, 1996 to 2008
  • Co-editor, New Zealand Law Review, 1999 to 2004
  • Co-editor, New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, 2007 to 2008
  • Contributing Editor on Insurance Law to the New Zealand Law Review, 1997 to date
  • Council Member, Legal Research Foundation, 1998 to 2004
  • Council Member, New Zealand Insurance Law Association, 2001 to 2013.

Case History

Recent appellate cases:

  • Green Growth No. 2 Ltd v Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust [2018] NZSC 75, [2019] 1 NZLR 161 (title to land; covenants)
  • Xu v IAG New Zealand Ltd [2018] NZCA 149, 20 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-177 (insurance – assignment; interpretation)
  • GTV Holdings Ltd v Harris [2018] NZCA 95 (sale of business – interpretation)
  • Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2018] NZCA 6 (insurance – costs)
  • Myall v Tower Insurance Ltd [2017] NZCA 561, [2017] 19 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-163 (insurance – interpretation; quantum)
  • He v Chen [2016] NZCA 340 (interpretation)
  • Raph Engle Concepts Ltd v SCL Holdings Ltd [2016] NZCA 309 (equitable assignment; contract interpretation)
  • Steel Co Ltd v Pipes NZ Ltd [2016] NZCA 175 (sale of goods; interpretation)
  • Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd [2015] NZSC 110, [2017] 1 NZLR 141, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-079 (insurance – quantum)
  • Medical Assurance Society of New Zealand Ltd v East [2015] NZCA 250, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-074 (insurance – quantum; reinstatement)
  • Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd v Morrison [2015] NZCA 246 (insurance – damage and destruction; quantum)
  • Earthquake Commission v Whiting [2015] NZCA 144, (2015) 23 PRNZ 411 (insurance – costs)
  • Kraal v Earthquake Commission [2015] NZCA 13, [2015] 2 NZLR 589, [2015] 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-055 (insurance – concept of loss)
  • Tower Insurance Ltd v Skyward Aviation 2008 Ltd [2014] NZSC 185, [2015] 1 NZLR 341, 18 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-050 (insurance – quantum)
  • Islington Park Ltd v Ace Insurance Ltd [2014] NZCA 446 (insurance – quantum)
  • QBE Insurance (International) Ltd v Wild South Holdings Ltd [2014] NZCA 447 (insurance – automatic reinstatement of sum insured)
  • Wilson Parking New Zealand Ltd v Fanshawe 136 Ltd [2014] NZCA 407; [2014] 3 NZLR 567 (equitable estoppel – measure of relief)
  • He v Chen [2014] NZCA 153 (company law – derivative action)
  • Botany Land Development Ltd v Auckland Council [2014] NZCA 61, (2014) 14 NZCPR 813 (vendor and purchaser; encumbrances)
  • Body Corporate 114424 v LV Trust Holdings Ltd [2014] NZCA 21, (2014) 15 NZCPR 375 (unit titles – scheme)
  • Macrae v Walshe [2013] NZCA 664, (2013) 15 NZCPR 254 (easements)
  • Hickman v Turner and Waverly Ltd [2012] NZSC 72; [2013] 1 NZLR 741 (contract; securities regulation)
  • Totara Investments Ltd v Crismac Holdings Limited [2010] NZSC 36; [2010] 3 NZLR 285 (contract interpretation)
  • Parsot v Greig Developments Ltd [2009] NZCA 241; (2009) 10 NZCPR 308 (vendor and purchaser


Recent High Court cases: 

  • ‚ÄčEmmons Developments New Zealand Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd [2019] NZHC 277 (insurance – damage; interpretation)
  • Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Shirley Investments Ltd [2017] NZHC 3190 (insurance – interpretation)
  • C & S Kelly Properties Ltd v Earthquake Commission [2017] NZHC 1583 (insurance – damage)
  • Newhaven Waldorf Management Ltd v Allen [2015] NZHC 2770, (2015) 17 NZCPR 176 (unit titles; covenants)
  • TJK (NZ) Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd [2013] NZHC 298, (2013) 17 ANZ Insurance Cases 61-968 (insurance – obligation to pay indemnity value before reinstatement takes place)
  • Catley v Waipa Corporation Ltd [2010] NZCCLR 24 (company law – derivative action)

Publications and Seminars

Books

  • Watts, Campbell and Hare, Company Law in New Zealand (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2016)
  • Co-author of Hinde McMorland & Sim, Land Law in New Zealand (looseleaf and on-line)
  • Co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law, looseleaf.
  • Campbell and McLellan, Insurance Law and Litigation (NZLS Seminar, 2006)
  • Campbell and Cooper, Company Law Update (NZLS Seminar, 2008)
  • Co-author of Heath and Whale on Insolvency (looseleaf and on-line).

Articles

  • "Don't be lost: Different conceptions of loss in insurance" [2009] 20 Insurance Law Journal 40
  • "Revisiting Trevor Ivory v Anderson" [2006] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 33
  • "Enforceability of 'no caveat' clauses" [2006] 80 Australian Law Journal 215
  • "Good faith: Lessons from Insurance Law" [2005] New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 479
  • "Defective Amalgamations" [2005] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 53
  • "A Sceptical View of Good Faith in Insurance Law", in: Webb and Rowe (eds.) Insurance Law: Practice, Policy and Principles [2004]
  • "Distributions and Shareholder Current Accounts" [2004] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 9
  • "Monetary remedies for wrongful declinatures of insurance claims" [2004] 15 Insurance Law Journal 185
  • "Speculating on the Unfair Prejudice Jurisdiction" [2004] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 81
  • "Demystifying the Civil Liability of Corporate Agents" [2003] 62 Cambridge Law Journal 290
  • "Claims Against Directors and Agents" [2003] New Zealand Law Journal 109
  • "Resolving Allocation Problems in Liability Policies - Contract or Restitution?" [2003] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 449
  • "Contracting Around the Right to Caveat" in Grinlinton (ed) Taking Torrens into the Twenty-First Century [2003]
  • "Prevention of Performance in Replacement Cost Insurance - Preventing a Fictional Response" [2002] 10 Otago Law Review 229
  • "Leaking Homes, Leaking Companies?" [2002] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 101
  • "The Shareholder as Consumer of the Corporate Contract?" [2002] 8 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 452-456
  • "An Insured's Duty of Good Faith" [2001] New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 111.
  • "Does the Companies Act Codify Remedies?" [2001] Company and Securities Law Bulletin 53
  • "The Nature of an Insurer's Obligation" [2000] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 42
  • "Wilful Misconduct, Fraud, and the Innocent Co-insured" [2000] New Zealand Law Review 263
  • "An Insured's Remedies for Breach" [1999] 5 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 51
  • "Passing of Property in Contracts for the Sale of Unascertained Goods" [1996] Journal of Business Law 199
  • "Liability as a Shadow Director" [1994] Journal of Business Law 609
  • "The Duty to Give Reasons in Administrative Law" [1994] Public Law 184.