Kirsty Dobbs

Partner Wellington

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​​​​Kirsty's expertise spans a broad range of areas and industry sectors: contract, tort, oil and gas, construction, public and administrative law, competition law, intellectual property (including breach of confidence), defamation, consumer law, insolvency and debt recovery.

Clients value Kirsty for her diligence, reliability, practical advice and ability to effectively manage disputes. Her research skills drive informed advice, which is always delivered with a commercial and strategic focus.

Kirsty has been involved in significant commercial disputes and public law matters in recent years. She has ​​also acted for Anadarko in the judicial review proceedings brought by Greenpeace.

Kirsty has been ranked as a 'Next Generation Partner' for dispute resolution and is recommended for her work in real estate and construction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024. Chambers Asia Pacific 2024 recognises Kirsty as an 'Up and Coming' lawyer within the public law sector.

Benchmark Litigation 2023 quotes a client as saying Kirsty is “Technically brilliant, very strategic and solutions-focused.” Another described her and her team as being: “superb all the way along. They are practical and solutions-focused and very strategic.” They added: “All great people and they work very well together. They keep us informed and up to date on all matters.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 quotes a testimonial about Kirsty, saying, "Kirsty Dobbs is one of the best litigation partners in the country. She is extremely hard working, across all the detail yet has the big picture at the front of her mind also."

Work highlights

Oil and gas disputes
Acting for an energy company in respect of a price arbitration and issues associated with redetermining reserves.

Environment Canterbury
Successfully defended Environment Canterbury from contractual and tort claims following steps it took to threaten cancellation of transport agreements with a bus operator in light of unsatisfactory performance.