Sophie East

Partner Auckland

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Sophie has particular expertise in commercial disputes, banking and finance litigation, class actions and companies and securities law. She regularly advises clients facing regulatory investigations and proceedings, including by the Commerce Commission, the FMA, NZX and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand/NZICA.

Sophie has acted as defence counsel in several high-profile class action proceedings. She co-authors the New Zealand chapter of the Class Actions Global Guide, published by Thompson Reuters.

Work highlights

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

Superannuation fund dispute
Acting for an international fund custodian in a contractual dispute with one of New Zealand’s largest superannuation fund managers.

NZICC disputes


Acting for Fletcher Construction Company in relation to issues arising out of the construction and 2019 fire at the New Zealand International Convention Centre.