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Bell Gully

LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET, PO BOX 4199, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 916 8800
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Fax +64 9 916 8801
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www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

Sophie East

Tel:
Work +64 9 916 8668
Email:
Web:
www.bellgully.com/our-people/sophie-east
Bell Gully

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Litigation and dispute resolution, Arbitration, Banking and finance litigation, Class actions, Regulatory investigations and prosecutions, Construction

Career

Sophie advises clients involved in commercial litigation and arbitration, including contractual disputes, disputes involving issues of company and securities law, public and administrative law issues, and construction disputes. She advises clients facing regulatory investigations and proceedings, including by the Commerce Commission, the FMA, NZX and NZICA.

Sophie has acted as defence counsel in several high profile class action proceedings. She also has extensive international arbitration experience including acting for international organisations, military and defence contractors, and sovereign states.

Sophie holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and worked for four years as an Associate in the international arbitration team at White & Case in New York.

Admitted
2001, New Zealand
2006, New York

Member

Council member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand

Education

BA, LLB (Hons), University of Otago
LLM, Harvard Law School


New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Sophie East - Bell Gully

Within: Dispute resolution

Bell Gully has a large dispute resolution team that is 'easy to deal with and provides both timely advice and good value for money'. The firm handles a range of disputes work, including commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, class actions, commissions of inquiry, corporate and competition regulatory investigations and much more. Practice head Jenny Stevens in Wellington represented Danone Group in all issues arising from the Fonterra whey protein concentrate contamination crisis in August 2013, which included a private commercial arbitration. Highlights for key partners included Auckland-based David Friar's work for Southern Response Earthquake Services in a class action brought by the claims management company's customers, and Sophie East's defence of former directors of insolvent company Feltex against claims alleging misleading statements. Also recommended are the 'level-headed, measured' Simon Ladd; veteran partners Ian Gault and Alan Ringwood; Tim Fitzgerald, who advised Bryanston Pte. on a large property dispute; newly promoted partner Jesse Wilson; senior associate Rebecca Rose; and Wellington-based Tim Smith.

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