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Ian is a partner in our litigation and dispute resolution team and has extensive experience in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation areas. Ian currently specialises in company, insurance, health, professional discipline, estates and trusts, 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 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.

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 his 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 from 1997 – 1999, Ian practised in Oxford and Reading, UK, 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 the wider community and has particular interests in sport and professional discipline. 

Ian was the President of ANZSLA from 2007 – 2012, a director of Swimming New Zealand from 2012 – 2014, and a member of the FINA 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 is a director of HPSNZ (High Performance Sport New Zealand) and a member of a number of international sporting tribunals: the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal; Sport Resolutions International Panel (UK); and the FIA Anti-Doping Committee. He is also a member of the FINA ad hoc Legal 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, a member of the New Zealand Law Society Complaints Advisory Panel from 2017- 2019, and is a current member of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

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. 

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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.

  • Ambrose v Pickard [2010] NZCA 504.

  • Ambrose v Pickard [2009] NZCA 502.

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

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

  • IHC New Zealand Inc v Accident Compensation Corporation [2008] NZAR 251.

  • Official Assignee v Brodie (2000) 15 PRNZ 89 (HC).

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

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

Plus Icon Minus Icon Director and shareholder
  • 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.

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

Plus Icon Minus Icon Criminal
  • R v Ruscoe (1992) 8 CRNZ 68 (CA).

  • R v T [1992] 3 NZLR 215 (HC).

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

  • Sinclair v Accident Compensation Corporation [2015] NZHC 3168.

  • 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.

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

  • 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
  • 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 Sports law
  • 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 Vince Whare, SDT11/09, 1 March 2010.

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

Plus Icon Minus Icon Estates and trusts
  • 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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