Commercial Disputes

Cavell Leitch regularly assists parties conducting business in New Zealand in resolving commercial disputes.  We have experience in acting for a range of parties, from listed companies, to SMEs, directors, shareholders and other individuals involved in business.  Our litigators work closely with our specialist Business, Employment and Property teams from the early stages of a dispute to identify and manage risks. 


Whilst we have considerable experience in conducting court proceedings for commercial disputes in the District Court, High Court and Courts of Appeal, our experience in alternative dispute resolution procedures (such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration) comes to the fore when resolving commercial disputes between parties who wish to avoid the courts.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Contractual disputes;

  • Restraints of trade and non-competition advice;

  • Intellectual property;

  • Shareholder disputes;

  • Company law, including director’s duties;

  • Partnership and joint venture disputes;

  • Negligence claims;

  • Fair Trading Act advice;

  • Trusts and estates disputes;

  • Relationship property disputes;

  • Sports Law dispute resolution matters. 

Examples of our recent work include:

  • Successful claim for damages against a building inspection company and its director arising from a negligent building inspection report.

  • Representing a company in enforcing a restraint of trade against a former shareholder of the business

  • Representing a shareholder in a dispute about the sale of the shares of his business and warranties which were given;

  • Successfully defending claim concerning management of gold mining partnership and securing costs order against acrimonious partner.

Initial Contacts

Susan Bevin

Litigation – Partner

+64 3 339 5631

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Glenn Cooper

Litigation – Partner

+64 3 339 5635

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111 Cashel Mall
Christchurch 8011

PO Box 799
Christchurch 8140

Telephone: +64 3 379 9940


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