Polly Pope

Partner

Litigation

Profile

Polly is one of New Zealand's leading commercial disputes lawyers. She has been instructed in several of New Zealand's most significant disputes. Her areas of interest include construction and projects, restructuring and insolvency, financial regulatory enforcement, and class actions. Her client list includes a number of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, multinational corporations, major trading banks and financial institutions, and public sector organisations.

Polly also accepts instructions as an arbitrator. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and of the Arbitrator's and Mediator's Institute of New Zealand, and a recipient of the Sir Ronald Davison Award for excellence in arbitral award writing.

Polly is "a very high-calibre litigator with a sound grounding in restructuring and insolvency" and "commercial and results-focused." - Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific guide.

Experience

Polly is instructed in a range of high-stakes disputes for commercial parties. Her particular areas of interest include:

  • Construction and Projects Disputes: Polly has acted as counsel in confidential arbitrations and adjudications under construction contracts, and in negligence and tort claims. Her clients include principals, financiers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants. She has acted in international commercial arbitrations relating to major infrastructure projects, domestic arbitrations, adjudications, mediations and High Court proceedings concerning commercial and large-scale residential, and maritime projects.
  • Insolvency and Restructuring: Polly acts for receivers, liquidators, voluntary administrators, and creditors. She has also acted in several of New Zealand's most significant solvent corporate reorganisations, takeovers, and returns of capital by way of scheme of arrangement under Part XV of the Companies Act 1993.
  • Financial Regulatory Disputes and Investigations: Polly has acted for entities subject to investigations and enquiries by the Financial Markets Authority, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Commerce Commission, NZX, and offshore financial regulators.
  • Commercial Disputes: Polly frequently advises on and acts in matters concerning commercial contracts, disputes arising out of M&A transactions, and claims in negligence.

Credentials

LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago
MIR (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington
FAMINZ (Arb.)
FCIArb.
Member, Society for Construction Law
Member, Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand

Professional

Polly is a member of the Arbitration Panel and Adjudication List of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand, and acts as an Adjudicator for the Building Disputes Tribunal. 

She is a Council Member of the Legal Research Foundation. She is an experienced advocate, and a member of the faculty of the New Zealand Law Society's Litigation Skills Course.

Co-author, Consumer Credit, Laws of New Zealand (LexisNexis).

Editor, arbitration chapters of Sim's Court Practice (LexisNexis). 

Co-author, The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations 2018 New Zealand Chapter (Global Investigations Review)

Co-author, ICLG: Class and Group Actions 2020 - New Zealand (Global Legal Group)

Polly is a listed lawyer by Chambers and Partners 2020. Polly is noted as a leading litigation lawyer for New Zealand by Best Lawyers® 2020 guide, and for Construction, Projects & Infrastructure by Doyles Guide 2018 and 2019. 

Polly was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1999 and in England and Wales in 2003. Polly gained international experience in the international arbitration and litigation teams of the leading global firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Clifford Chance.

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