Jesse is a partner in Bell Gully’s market-leading litigation and dispute resolution department. Over many years he has developed a commercial litigation practice which encompasses regulatory matters (corporate and competition law), corporate disputes, construction disputes, company law disputes, contractual disputes, insurance, product liability issues and general civil disputes.
He has advocacy experience in leading trials and appeals, and his litigation experience covers all courts, arbitration, adjudications, and mediation.
Jesse holds a Master of Laws degree from Stanford Law School.
Jesse is recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner' in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 for dispute resolution and is also recommended for real estate and construction.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2023 ranks Jesse as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution. In a previous edition of Chambers Asia Pacific 2022, clients have characterised him as "an extremely talented and intelligent litigator who has deep knowledge of the law and is able to apply that in a very commercial way to deliver results for his clients."
New Zealand International Convention Centre Fire
Advising our client on all aspects of the fire at the New Zealand International Convention Centre, including insurance and regulatory issues.
Advised EQT in defending a claim for alleged repudiation of a NZ$1.49 billion takeover of Metlifecare.
EQT and BGH
Advised EQT and BGH as bidder's counsel in court-approved schemes of arrangement for the acquisition of Metlifecare and Abano Healthcare, respectively.
Insurer panel (Vero, AIG, Zurich, QBE, Chubb, and IAG)
Advised a panel of insurers (Vero, AIG, Zurich, QBE, Chubb, and IAG) in defending material damages and business interruption claims by Lincoln University.
Head contractors and building owners
Acted in construction contracts disputes regarding EOT claims, disruption claims, variation claims, and disputes regarding compliance of progress payment schedules.
Leading building product manufacturers
Advising on product standards, regulatory compliance, product literature reviews, and product liability issues including recalls.
Cavalier Wool Holdings
Acted for Cavalier in the successful defence of appeals brought by Godfrey Hirst in the High Court and Court of Appeal against the Commerce Commission's decision to authorise the merger of wool scouring firms.
Acting for TOWER on a reinsurance claim arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes.
Acting in shareholder disputes in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Downer New Zealand
Advised Downer New Zealand in defending claims by building owners regarding roofing and paving materials.
Strategic Finance claims
Acted for the former directors of Strategic Finance on claims by the company's receivers and the Financial Markets Authority.
Issuers and financial advisors in investigation and disciplinary proceedings
Acted for a number of issuers and financial advisors in investigations by NZX RegCo and matters before the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.