Litigation and dispute resolution

Bell Gully has New Zealand’s leading litigation and dispute resolution practice. Our lawyers are experienced advocates who have extensive courtroom experience and who provide strategic commercial advice.

We are known for the depth and breadth of our litigation practice and our strong advocacy skills. In 2023, Bell Gully was awarded Benchmark Litigation's New Zealand Litigation Firm of the Year for the third time. Global legal directories, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific rank us in the top tier and Band 1 for dispute resolution and litigation.

Work highlights

Class actions
Acting as defence counsel in a number of large class actions, including representing ANZ Bank in the largest class action in New Zealand to date (by number of claimants), acting for AWN Holdings Limited in a large securities class action regarding the NZD$175 million IPO of listed education company, Intueri Education Group, and representing 3A Composites, the primary defendant in a proposed building products class action.

Novel climate change claims
Acting for a client in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in defending a climate change claim involving novel private law duties of care and public nuisance.

Fire at New Zealand International Convention Centre
We are acting for a client in relation to one of the most significant insurance events in recent years – the fire at the New Zealand International Convention Centre, and related construction claims.

Independent recognition of our expertise​​​

The strength of our team is recognised by all of the leading legal directories:

  • Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2023: New Zealand Litigation Firm of the Year
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023: Tier 1 (top tier) for Litigation
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2024: Band 1 (top band) for Litigation