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Chris is a litigation specialist whose practice involves both commercial and public law litigation. He has a particular interest in class actions, information technology project disputes, complex commercial disputes and judicial review. He has appeared as counsel at every level of the New Zealand court system.
Chris tailors solutions to meet his clients' needs. He provides balanced and strategic advice when it is sought, and committed advocacy when it is needed.
Since bringing his litigation experience and legal knowledge to Russell McVeagh, Chris has acted for corporate and public sector clients on a range of contract, information technology, intellectual property, securities and administrative law disputes. He has acted both for and against government clients. He presently acts for two Credit Suisse entities in a significant securities class action involving claims valued in the order of $200 million.
Chris is a former New Zealand Rhodes Scholar and is recognised by Benchmark Litigation 2022 as a 'Litigation Star', by Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution and Data Protection, and by Best Lawyers® 2024 New Zealand edition for Litigation and Government Practice. He has previously been named in NZ Lawyer's ‘Hot List' and nominated as an Acritas StarTM Lawyer.
Working in the Crown Law Office and in private practice, Chris has gained extensive litigation experience.
His recent work includes:
LLB (Hons), BA, University of Otago.
MPhil (with Distinction), BCL (with Distinction), University of Oxford.
Before joining Russell McVeagh, Chris spent six years at New Zealand's Crown Law Office, advising and representing public sector clients as Crown Counsel. He acted in a number of high profile appeals involving judicial immunity, freedom of expression, discrimination and other human rights issues. Before that, Chris was an appellate judge's clerk and completed postgraduate legal studies at the University of Oxford.
Chris was co-author of the New Zealand chapters of The Securities Litigation Review (Editions 4, 5 and 6), and The International Comparative Legal Guide to Class and Group Actions 2015-2020, as well as Liability of Public Authorities, New Zealand Law Society, 2009.
Technology and Digital
Public Law and Regulation
Data Protection and Privacy
Partner, Public Law and Regulation
Partner, Corporate Advisory
Partner, Banking and Finance