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Bell Gully

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Auckland, Wellington

Simon Ladd

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Bell Gully

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Litigation and dispute resolution, Competition, Property and real estate, Construction, Insurance


Simon has particular experience in competition investigations and proceedings, property and construction disputes, and insurance law.​​ He has acted in many of the leading Commerce Commission cartel investigations and court proceedings over the last decade, including the timber preservative chemicals, packaging, gas insulated switchgear, air cargo, freight forwarding, and real estate investigations.

He represents defendants in large, multiparty construction disputes in the High Court and acts for a number of clients in property and leasing disputes. Simon is co-leader of Bell Gully's insurance practice and liaison partner for Suncorp Group.

Admitted - 1995 New Zealand, 2001 England and Wales International Career: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London 2000-2002.


​Member of the Executive Council, Legal Research Foundation​


LLB(Hons), BA, University of Auckland LLM, University of Chicago.

New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Ladd - Bell Gully

Within: Competition law

Bell Gully advises on the competition law aspects of large mergers and acquisitions and also handles high-profile litigation. Practice head and leading light Torrin Crowther recently obtained Commerce Commission clearance for Tronox in its US$1.67bn acquisition of rival titanium dioxide producer Cristal. Special counsel Glenn Shewan, who is on the board of the Competition Law and Policy Institute, also played a key role in that transaction. Crowther and senior associate Michael Tilley, who recently joined from the Commerce Commission, advised software developer MYOB, on its proposed acquisition of accounting software firm Reckon Limited. Simon Ladd is the key name for contentious matters and alongside Crowther advised US-based investment firm Platinum Equity on its proposed acquisition of business products supplier OfficeMax NZ from Office Depot. Head of litigation Jenny Stevens in Wellington also plays a key role in the practice, particularly for clients in the energy sector.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Ladd - 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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Within: Leading individuals

Simon Ladd - Bell Gully

Within: Insurance

At Bell Gully, 'the service is excellent, with appropriate and experienced resource to meet deadlines'. One client notes that 'the advice is always on-point and easily understood, and clients get the benefit of extensive depth of knowledge and experience across all legal disciplines'. In Auckland, experienced litigators David Friar and  Simon Ladd (who is 'strategically very savvy; his advice is clear and well considered') co-lead the practice. Friar's recent work included acting for Southern Response in a class action that included two High Court hearings and one Court of Appeal hearing. Ladd represented a panel of insurers, including Vero and AIG, in the defence of claims brought by Lincoln University arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. Glenn Joblin frequently advises insurance sector clients on M&A transactions and regulatory matters, as well as handling insurance issues for large corporates. For AIA International, he handled the acquisition of the Sovereign Life insurance business. 'Intelligent and clear-thinking' commercial litigation partner Jesse Wilson is also recommended, having advised key clients including Tower Insurance.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Bell Gully¬†'provides high levels of service, its responsiveness is consistently excellent and the firm has real depth and breadth of property law expertise coupled with sound commercial acumen'. In Auckland, real estate practice head¬†Andrew Petersen¬†is 'highly responsive and displays excellent commercial judgement'. He advised TńĀmaki Redevelopment on the development of a mixed tenure housing project that was converted from social housing.¬†Karl Anderson¬†and Wellington-based¬†Hugh¬† Kettle¬†also played key roles. Among the firm's standout practitioners are¬†Jane Holland,¬†who handled an acquisition for Vital Healthcare Property Trust,¬†Simon Ladd¬†and construction, infrastructure and local government specialist Tom Bennett,¬†who is 'a star - his expertise in the construction area makes him a top lawyer, and he is pragmatic, effective and conscientious'.¬†David Chisnall¬†is among the most experienced¬†commercial property partners in the country. 'Thorough-yet-pragmatic' special counsel Sally Whincop¬†and senior associates¬†Ian Becke¬†and¬†Paula Ormandy¬†are also recommended.

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