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Ian Gault

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Litigation and dispute resolution, Arbitration, Banking and finance litigation, Insurance, Intellectual property, International trade - customs and excise, Information, communications and technology, Competition, Commissions and inquiries, Construction, Public law, International, Media, Privacy and data protection, Regulatory investigations and prosecutions, Tax disputes and litigation, Transport, Cyber security


Ian has particular experience in trade practices, intellectual property, international trade, insurance, cyber security, public law and trusts. Ian is Bell Gully's Deputy Chairman. Prior to this appointment, he was leader of the firm's litigation practice.

A partner since 1997, Ian has 25 years' experience providing advice and advocacy as counsel in large, complex and often high profile cases, and a broad range of litigation matters. His clients include major corporations, banks, professional firms and governments. A number of international clients seek Ian's ongoing advice and representation.

Ian is a co-author of Gault on Commercial Law and a regular Faculty member on the New Zealand Law Society's flagship Litigation Skills Course (Deputy Director in 2015). Ian is widely known for his work in one of the longest running civil trials in New Zealand - a claim for Carter Holt Harvey against Genesis Energy and Rolls-Royce that was settled after eight months in court.

1989-1993 Clifford Chance, London
Admitted 1987, New Zealand, 1991, England and Wales (non-practising), 2001 New South Wales


Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
Trustee of NZSAS Trust


LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington LLM, Cambridge University.

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Dispute resolution

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Ian Gault - 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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Bell Gully is 'top notch', according to one client, who adds: 'I would not recommend another law firm'. The firm handles high-profile disputes and commercial transactions, which last year included advising Downer New Zealand on the IP aspects of its agreement to acquire the construction, infrastructure and project management businesses of Hawkins, and acting for HNA Group on the IP aspects of its acquisition of UDC Finance from ANZ Bank. Senior associate Sooyun Lee in Auckland, who provides 'very high-quality trade mark advice and is commercially strong', handled those matters. Litigation partner Tania Goatley specialises in media, advertising, privacy law and IP matters. Ian Gault also handles IP disputes as part of a broad litigation practice and frequently acts for Reckitt Benckiser in trade mark opposition and infringement cases. Alan Ringwood in Wellington leads the practice and frequently handles brand registration, infringement matters, trade mark oppositions and trade mark maintenance for Unilever plc.

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