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Brigette Shone

Special Counsel


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Brigette specialises in commercial litigation. She regularly advises clients on consumer law, privacy and intellectual property issues.  
She has represented clients in hearings on a wide range of matters in the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and in mediation and arbitration. Brigette is best known for her sound judgement and strategic advice.


Brigette's recent experience includes acting and advising:

  • on consumer law issues including unfair contract terms in business to business contracts, penalty clauses and refunds;

  • in multiple Fair Trading Act proceedings in the High Court involving claims for misleading and deceptive conduct and false representations;

  • as counsel for a multinational telecommunications company in the Human Rights Review Tribunal on issues involving compatibility between New Zealand and Chinese technologies;

  • on a range of privacy law matters including around new offerings by multinational social media services;

  • on the publication by the media of information found on the dark web following a significant data breach;

  • in various breach of confidence matters including in the High Court concerning the unauthorised use of valuable intellectual property;

  • on a wide range of commercial intellectual property matters including the acquisition of Westpac Life by Fidelity Life.


LLB (Hons), BA (International Relations and Political Science), Victoria University of Wellington.


Brigette was admitted to practise in 2006 and is a committee member of the Auckland Women Lawyers' Association.

Brigette is recognised for Intellectual Property in the Best Lawyers® 2024 New Zealand Guide and in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021 Guide, and was a finalist Rising Star for Intellectual Property at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2020 and 2021. Brigette is also named as a Rising Star in Litigation in Euromoney's Expert Guides 2021.

Brigette co-authored the New Zealand Trends and Developments section of Chambers' Trade Secrets Global Practice Guide 2022.

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