Bell Gully has been named National Firm of the Year for New Zealand at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015.
Murray Tingey, who heads Bell Gully’s 14-partner litigation practice said he was delighted to see the firm’s long track-record of involvement in a large number of the most significant, complex high-profile cases in New Zealand had been recognised. “Our clients trust us to help them successfully resolve some of the most difficult situations businesses can face and it has been in meeting that responsibility and delivering results for those clients that we have received this recognition.”
The firm is currently involved in opposing a number of class action claims, a relatively new feature on the New Zealand legal landscape. Bell Gully successfully acted for the defendant directors in the only securities class action to have gone to trial in both New Zealand and Australia; a class action brought by former shareholders in Feltex Carpets.
The firm’s recent work also includes successfully representing the receivers of the Bridgecorp in pursuing one of the most novel and significant insurance cases in the past decade to settle a claim against its directors. It also successfully defended PepsiCo and Frucor Beverages, the manufacturer and distributors of Pepsi, Pepsi Max and 7UP in New Zealand, against claims by Coca-Cola that they had infringed Coca-Cola’s intellectual property rights over Coca-Cola’s distinctive bottle shape.
The awards were announced at a gathering of leading dispute resolution lawyers and in-house practitioners at The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. Leaders in 12 practice areas across 14 jurisdictions around the region were celebrated.
Other winners included Herbert Smith Freehills, named best international firm of the year and Norton Rose Fulbright, which won best international arbitration firm of the year.