Ralph is a litigation partner. He has an established track record for grappling with complex issues and providing practical solutions to clients within a short timeframe.
Ralph is a forthright advocate with a depth of experience and sound commercial judgment. In addition to his regular appearances in Court, he represents clients in arbitrations, mediations, expert determinations and before regulatory bodies, such as the Financial Markets Authority and the Commerce Commission.
He is one of New Zealand's leading practitioners in restructuring large corporations and other entities including property companies, unit trusts, and reinsurance companies, by court-approved arrangements. This experience includes two very significant corporate restructurings to separate business units within the Fletcher Challenge and Fisher & Paykel groups.
Ralph also performs the litigation counsel role in tax challenge proceedings against the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, and in this capacity, draws on his knowledge of accounting standards and principles. He is the leading expert on fire service levies payable under the Fire Service Act and acts on disputes with the Fire Service Commission.
He is a member of the government-appointed External Reporting Board.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 ranks Ralph as a leading dispute resolution and insurance lawyer, stating he demonstrates "an excellent ability to understand complex business concepts," and a "commitment to a high level of service." The previous edition notes that he "is one of the team's most respected individuals" and praised by clients as "a forthright litigator who understands what you're trying to achieve and appreciates when something is worth taking forward and when it isn't." Ralph is also recognised as a leading individual in dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012/2013, in which he is described as "smart and agile". The previous edition notes him as being a "very sharp, savvy and strategic litigator".
BCom, LLB, University of Auckland
1985 New Zealand