Jenny Stevens

Partner Wellington

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​​​Jenny works alongside clients to develop strategies to manage and resolve often very challenging and high profile matters. She is an experienced commercial litigator who has advised on a range of commercial disputes, including large scale contractual disputes and negligence claims, competition law and other regulatory / administrative law actions, banking matters and class actions.  She has successfully represented a range of commercial and public sector clients in court and arbitration proceedings and in negotiations. 

Work highlights

Ampol’s acquisition of Z Energy and sale of Gull
Advising Ampol on all of the competition law aspects of its $1.7 billion acquisition of Z Energy by way of court-approved scheme of arrangement together with its divestment of its Gull business to Allegro.  This work involved obtaining a Commerce Commission clearance for the acquisition, which was supported by a divestment undertaking in relation to Ampol’s Gull business.

Bank disclosure class action
Acting for ANZ Bank in defence of a class action brought by customers alleging errors in disclosing loan details. 

Electricity Authority Transmission Pricing Judicial Review
Successfully representing the Electricity Authority in a High Court judicial review of its decision to publish guidelines for a new Transmission Pricing Methodology – the mechanism by which Transpower, as owner of the electricity grid, recovers costs from transmission customers. 

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care
Advising and representing The Salvation Army as a participant in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care and in the care of Faith Based Institutions. This is the largest inquiry in New Zealand’s history, with a wide ranging scope and a number of investigations into different aspects of historical abuse in care undertaken.

Commerce Commission proceedings
Acting for the Commerce Commission in proceedings under section 47 of the Commerce Act against Wilson Parking New Zealand. 

Danone dispute
Acting for Danone in all aspects of its dispute with Fonterra following the August 2013 whey protein concentrate botulism scare including acting and appearing in New Zealand High Court proceedings issued by Danone, acting and appearing as co-counsel in an UNCITRAL international arbitration in Singapore, and representing Danone in the related Government Inquiry into the crisis and the prosecution of Fonterra by MPI. In November 2017, Danone obtained an award in the Singapore arbitration that Fonterra pay it €105 million (NZ$183 million).

Bank fees class action 
Acting for ANZ in a class action proceeding brought by plaintiffs' seeking recovery of certain bank fees charged to them.