Barrister Sole and Commercial Mediator
Barrister and mediator with 32 years experience in resolving employment, commercial and civil disputes in all levels of NZ courts. Experienced and skilled in resolving disputes through mediation. I am an accredited mediator (PRIMed) and on the mediator's panel of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ (AMINZ) and the Resolution Institute. I am available for appointment as a mediator or arbitrator.
Successfully represented leading financial institution in Privy Council: Madden and Deans v UDC Finance Ltd  UKPC 52; (1997) 8 TCLR 92. Appeared as senior counsel for respondents in leading case on company amalgamations under Companies Act: Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v McKernan & Anor  3 NZLR 403 (CA). Court of Appeal case on copyright: University of Waikato v Benchmarking Services Ltd (2004) 8 NZBLC 101,561. Important Court of Appeal case on principles of contractual interpretation: Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd v Montgomery Watson (NZ) Ltd  NZAR 789. Negligence claim against law firm including appeal to Supreme Court: Thornton Estates Ltd v Cavell Leitch  NZSC 75. Breach of health funding contract and defamation claim against District Health Board: Sebenza Investments Ltd v South Canterbury DHB (CIV–2008–476-623; 33 TCL 13/7). Lead counsel in seminal health and safety case: Dept of Labour v de Spa & Co Ltd  ERNZ 339. Successfully represented employers in lock-out cases: SFWU v Rendezvouz Hotels (NZ) Ltd  ERNZ 154; NZ Meat Workers Union v CMP Rangitikei Ltd  ERNZ 552. Compulsory acquisition cases under Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011: Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery v Ace Developments Ltd  NZAR 964; Ace Developments Ltd v Attorney General  3 NZLR 728;  NZHC 1705. Liquidation of company on the "just and equitable" ground: Mulvaney v Distinctive Decorators Ltd  NZHC 2711. Removal and appointment of trustees under Trustee Act: Jacobs v Pohio  NZHC 2104.
Partner, Lane Neave 1992 - 2014.
Barrister Sole 2014 - present
Trustee of charitable trusts, Cholmondeley Children's Foundation and Canterbury Artificial Turf Trust.
Former Vice President Cholmondeley Children's Center Inc.
Former board member Mainland Football