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Ian is a partner in our litigation and dispute resolution team.  Ian has extensive experience in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation areas, and currently specialises in company, insurance, medico-legal, professional discipline, trust and estate, and sports law. 

Ian has regularly appeared in the District Court, Employment Court, Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court.  Ian also has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration and has appeared before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand, the Employment Relations Authority and the Human Rights Review Tribunal. He is a contributing editor of Brookers Personal Injury in New Zealand, and has consistently been recognised by Best Lawyers in New Zealand as a leading lawyer in the fields of insurance law and sports law, and by Chambers & Partners Asia- Pacific Guide for sports Law.

Why our clients choose Ian: Our clients appreciate Ian’s accurate and realistic advice, his ability to develop a clear strategy to achieve their objectives, and the judgement and skills acquired from a broad background of experience and expertise in different areas of the law.  They also value his communication skills and his determination to achieve the best result for his clients.

Ian’s background: Ian graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1983 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1984.  After commencing practice in Invercargill, Ian worked in London before returning to Christchurch and joining Young Hunter, becoming a partner in 1992. During a sabbatical in the UK 1997 – 1999, Ian practised in Oxford and Reading, obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law from King’s College, London in 1998, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1999

Ian is active within the legal community and wider community, with particular interests in governance, sport and professional discipline. 

Ian was the President of ANZSLA (Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association), from 2007 – 2012, a director of Swimming New Zealand from 2012 – 2014, and a member of the FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) Ethics Panel from 2013 – 2017.  Ian was the President of Broken River Ski Club from 2011 – 2017, and he has been an Association Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket since 2002.

Ian was a director of HPSNZ (High Performance Sport New Zealand) from 2015 – 2021, and he is currently a member of a number of international sporting tribunals, including: the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal; Sport Resolutions International Panel (UK); and the FIA Anti-Doping Committee.

Ian was a member of the Canterbury District Law Society Complaints Committee from 2003 – 2008, the Convenor of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee from 2008 – 2017, and he has been a member of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal since 2019.

Ian’s values: Ian takes a balanced and ethical approach, thoroughly assessing his client’s situation, obtaining a clear understanding of their objectives while developing a strategy to achieve them, and communicating clearly throughout the course of his engagement. 

Ian's expertise Plus Icon Minus Icon
Notable work Plus Icon Minus Icon
Plus Icon Minus Icon Civil/Practice and Procedure
  • Geary v Accident Compensation Corporation [2015] NZSC 12

  • Renton v Accident Compensation Corporation [2015] NZHC 1356

  • Geary v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZCA 534

  • Geary v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZHC 1037

  • Geary v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZHC 96

  • Ambrose v Pickard [2013] NZCA 568

  • Pickard & Taylor v Ambrose & Rinnai New Zealand Ltd [2011] NZCA 77

  • Ambrose v Pickard [2010] NZCA 504

  • Ambrose v Pickard [2009] NZCA 502

  • Pickard & Taylor v Ambrose & Rinnai New Zealand Limited [2008] NZHC 607; (2008) 18 PRNZ 848

  • IHC New Zealand Inc v Accident Compensation Corporation [2008] NZHC 284, [2008] NZAR 251

  • Urbani v Gillions and Sons Limited [2004] NZSC 3

  • State Insurance Limited v McLaren HC Blenheim, AP1/01, 31 May 2001

  • Official Assignee v Brodie [2000] NZHC 833, (2000) 15 PRNZ 89 (HC)

  • McEvoy v Dallison [1997] 3 NZLR 11, (1997) 10 PRNZ 291 (CA)

  • Whirlybird Holdings Ltd v National Insurance Co Ltd (1996) 9 ANZ Insurance Cases, 61-316

  • National Insurance Co Ltd v Whirlybird Holdings Ltd [1994] 2 NZLR 513, (1994) 7 PRNZ 376 (CA)

  • Lyon v Wilcox [1994] 3 NZLR 422; (1994) 12 FRNZ 101 (CA)

  • Emtall Information Systems Limited & Ors v Emtall Hart Information Systems & Ors CP 196/90, High Court Wellington, 30 August 1990

Plus Icon Minus Icon Company/Commercial
  • Pero & MPZ One Limited v Mike Pero Mortgages Limited [2018] NZHC 2176

  • Mike Pero Mortgages Limited v Pero [2018] NZHC 2136

  • Mike Pero Mortgages Limited v Pero [2018] NZHC 528

  • Wilding v Te Mania Livestock Limited [2018] NZHC 1506

  • Wilding v Te Mania Livestock Limited [2017] NZHC 717, [2018] NZCCLR 3

  • Winchester International (NZ) Ltd v Cropmark Seeds Ltd CA226/04, 5 December 2005

  • Expansionary Holdings Limited v Cambridge Discounts Limited (2001) 7 NZBLC 103,364, (2001) 10 TCLR 116

  • Iama Trading (New Zealand) Proprietary Ltd v Broadway Industries Limited HC Auckland CP 384 sd 99 19 June 2000

  • Ullrich v Ullrich HC Christchurch CP91/95, 16 October 1996

  • Wrightson Farmers Finance Ltd v Hocking High Court NZ 29 August 1996 HC Christchurch CP219/93, 29 August 1996

  • Hocking v Taylor  HC Christchurch CP65/96, 29 August 1996 

  • Kaiapoi Engineering Company Limited v C Lund & Son Limited [1989] NZHC 2063

Plus Icon Minus Icon Criminal
  • Phillips v Police HC Christchurch AP267/92, 5 November 1992 

  • R v Ruscoe (1992) 8 CRNZ 68 (CA)

  • R v T [1992] 3 NZLR 215 (HC)

  • R v Aldous [1989] NZHC 1566

Plus Icon Minus Icon Employment
  • van der Klei v Merivale Service Station (1984) Ltd [1998] 1 ERNZ 178

  • Irving v Kornex Corporation Limited, EMT Christchurch CT 56/95, 3 May 1995

  • Mason v The Hornby Workingmen’s Club & Mutual School of Art Inc, EMT Christchurch CT 145/94, 30 August 1994.

  • Court v Falloon [1991] 2 ERNZ 995

  • Moffat Appliances Ltd v NZ Clerical Workers Union [1991] 1 ERNZ 437

Plus Icon Minus Icon Human Rights
  • Neilsen v Attorney General [2001] 3 NZLR 433, (2001) 19 CRNZ 1, (2001) 6 HRNZ 334

Plus Icon Minus Icon Insurance
  • Trustees Executors Limited v Fund Managers Canterbury Limited [2016] NZHC 2194

  • Charterhall Trustees Ltd v Queenstown Lakes District Council [2009] NZSC 116

  • Queenstown Lakes District Council v Charterhall Trustees Ltd [2009] NZCA 374, [2009] 3 NZLR 786

  • Whaitiri Potato Company Ltd v IAG (NZ) Ltd (2006) 14 ANZ Insurance Cases 61,675

  • Whirlybird Holdings Ltd v National Insurance Co Ltd (1995) 9 ANZ Insurance Cases 76,496

Plus Icon Minus Icon Judicial Review
  • Surfing Taranaki Incorporated Inc v Surfing New Zealand Inc [2008] NZHC 782

  • Practical Shooting Institute (New Zealand) Inc v Commissioner of Police [1992] 1 NZLR 709 (HC)

Plus Icon Minus Icon Health Law/ACC
  • Buis v Accident Compensation Corporation [2022] NZHC 1043

  • Van der Eik v Accident Compensation Corporation [2020] NZHC 2523

  • Chalecki v Accident Compensation Corporation [2016] NZHC 517

  • Sinclair v Accident Compensation Corporation [2015] NZHC 3168

  • Van Helmond v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZHC 2750

  • Sinclair v Accident Compensation Corporation [2013] NZHC 374

  • Mills v Accident Compensation Corporation [2012] NZHC 1055

  • Sinclair v Accident Compensation Corporation [2012] NZHC 406, [2012] NZAR 313

  • Pickard & Taylor v Ambrose & Rinnai New Zealand Limited [2009] NZHC 2272

  • Siola’a v Wellington District Court [2008] NZCA 483, [2009] NZAR 23

  • Nelson v Accident Compensation Corporation, HC Wellington, CIV-2008-485-866, 14 October 2008, Ronald Young J

  • Knight v Accident Compensation Corporation [2006] NZHC 344

  • Accident Compensation Corporation v Knight CIV-2005-485-1582 Christchurch, 9 November 2005

  • Urbani v Gillions & Sons Ltd HC Dunedin CP26/01, 14 May 2002

  • Fenton v Housing New Zealand HC Timaru CP12/01, 18 July 2002

  • West v Firestone Tyre and Rubber Co of New Zealand Limited [1992] 2 NZLR 23, [1991] NZAR 514, (1991) 4 PRNZ 499 (CA)

Plus Icon Minus Icon Professional Discipline
  • National Standards Committee (No. 1) v Haines [2022] NZLCDT 10

  • B v District Council of Canterbury District Law Society [2002] 3 NZLR 113 (HC)

Plus Icon Minus Icon Resource Management
  • Hampton v Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) [2015] NZCA 509, (2015) 18 ELRNZ 825, [2016] NZRMA 369

Plus Icon Minus Icon Sport
  • Kris Gemmell v Drug Free Sport New Zealand, ST 01/15, 26 January 2015

  • Drug Free Sport New Zealand v Kris Gemmell, CAS 2014/A/2, 1 December 2014

  • Kris Gemmell v Drug Free Sport New Zealand, SDT 08/13, 12 February 2014

  • Drug Free Sport New Zealand v Welsford, STNZ ST10/11, 25 November 2011

  • Daisy Thomas v Surfing New Zealand, SDT/09/06, 19 April 2006; SDT/09/06, 21 August 2006

Plus Icon Minus Icon Trusts and Estates
  • AB v RT [2016] NZHC 1399

  • AB v RT [2015] NZHC 3174

  • Wightman v Public Trust [2015] NZHC 1091

  • Wightman v Public Trust [2014] NZHC 3124, [2015] NZFLR 335

  • Westenra v Westenra [2013] NZHC 2980

  • Westenra v Westenra, HC Christchurch, CIV-2011-409-002255, Chisholm J, 19 December 2011

  • Francis v Davey [2001] NZHC 749

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