Bell Gully has extensive experience acting in class action proceedings and several of our partners are recognised as pioneers in this growing field.
We have acted in a number of significant class actions that have been before the New Zealand courts, including the claim by customers of all of the major trading banks that they have paid too much in fees and the claim against Southern Response Earthquake Services brought by earthquake affected Canterbury homeowners. We also acted for the former directors Feltex Carpets in defence of a class action brought by a group of investors.
Our team is adept at navigating the complexity of the procedural issues raised by class actions both in relation to the funding arrangements that are invariably put in place and in issues arising from the makeup of a class. Combined with the firm's overall strength in commercial litigation we are uniquely placed to assist clients in developing strategies for handling class action proceedings.
View Tim Smith’s interview on Newsroom below.
Bell Gully partner Tim Smith spoke to Newsroom about how the landmark High Court decision to hold the Ministry for Primary Industries responsible for approving the imports that led to the kiwifruit disease PSA taking hold in New Zealand has significant implications for the Government.