Our team advises on a wide range of general commercial contracts as well as the country’s most significant commercial, telecommunications and outsourcing projects.

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​​​​Our team has extensive expertise on a full range of commercial contracts. We focus on providing pragmatic advice, which addresses key contractual risks for our clients. We take a plain English approach to preparing contracts to ensure our clients' expectations are clearly documented in a form that assists with speed to contract and project implementation.   

We advise on regulatory issues, including obligations under the Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act, Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, Privacy Act, Commerce Act, Financial Advisers Act, intellectual property rights, insurance legislation, franchising and e-commerce. We bring this expertise to bear when negotiating and preparing commercial contracts.

Our team advises on some of the country's most significant commercial, telecommunications and outsourcing projects. A core part of the team's practice involves providing day-to-day support to in-house lawyers, on a cost effective basis.

We are available to draft entire arrangements, comment on particular clauses, act as a sounding board, review suppliers' standard form agreements for big picture issues, or simply offer a second pair of eyes on a particular agreement.

Our work routinely covers preparing and advising on a wide range of precedent commercial contracts, standard form consumer terms and conditions, supplier and distribution, licensing, sponsorship, and franchising agreements and procurement processes.

We have undertaken substantial precedent projects for our clients, to fully update their suite of precedents. These projects have included advising on overall contract re-design and processes, with a focus on changes to legislation as well as business priorities and processes.

We advise key New Zealand and international clients on core commercial contracts such as supply, service, manufacturing, franchise, reseller and distribution agreements, as well as standard terms of trade and customer terms and conditions.  

Our clients include: Asahi Group, AsureQuality, Carter Holt Harvey, Fairfax, Fletcher Building, Frucor, Goodman Fielder, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Sime Darby and Vodafone.

Recognition for our commercial expertise

​"They have sophisticated legal talent and their commercial understanding is massive. They're not just technical but also business-savvy."​

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 - Band 1​

Bell Gully is commended for its business awareness, its team has a "depth of understanding and provides careful consideration of what is a commercial matter, versus what is a legal matter."
​Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 - Band 1​

"a key strength of Bell Gully was that it did not seem to simply rely on individual lawyers, but had the ability to apply legal consideration across all issues without skipping a beat."​
​Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 - Band 1​

Crown Fibre Holdings ultra-fast broadband initiative 
Advised Crown Fibre Holdings on the conduct of the competitive procurement process for the New Zealand Government's ultra-fast broadband initiative, including leading all of the contract negotiations with eight bidding parties, contracting, company structuring and other issues.

Auckland Transport supply and maintenance contracts
Advised Auckland Transport on the supply and maintenance contracts with the Spanish firm CAF, for new electric multiple units (EMUs) for Auckland.

Christchurch rebuild
Advised insurers, Vero Insurance, Southern Response Earthquake Services and Lumley, on the procurement and contracting models for the Canterbury earthquakes insurance remediation works.

Heartland Bank documentation suite
Advising Heartland on their full suite of consumer loan documentation to comply with recent changes to consumer law and advising the business on compliance with the new law, including the responsible lending rules.

Vodafone contract redesign
Advising Vodafone on a major contract redesign project, including updating Vodafone Enterprise contracts and online terms and conditions.

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  • Haydn Wong

    Partner Auckland
  • Dean Oppenhuis

    Partner Wellington
  • Laura Littlewood

    Partner Auckland