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Bell Gully

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Auckland, Wellington

Tania Goatley

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Bell Gully

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Consumer law
Intellectual property
Litigation and dispute resolution
Privacy and data protection
Information, communications and technology
Food, beverage and hospitality
Cyber security


Tania is an experienced commercial litigator, specialising in media and advertising law, food and beverage law, and intellectual property.

Tania advises on all aspects of advertising promotions, including impacts of the Gambling Act, Fair Trading Act and Privacy Act. She is also experienced in advising on food and wine labelling issues, involving advice on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Code, the Food Act, the Wine Act and related regulations and industry codes.

She has a strong media law background, advising on defamation claims, appearing in Court on name suppression issues, and providing media law training to journalists. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, passing off and trade mark infringement disputes and litigation.

In addition to her particular areas of expertise, Tania provides general advice on commercial and contractual disputes and litigation with successful outcomes for her clients.


LLB(Hons), BA, University of Auckland

2001, New Zealand

New Zealand

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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Bell Gully has a broad practice that has experts in technology and media matters, including emerging technologies such as blockchain. The firm acted for Centrality Investments, which supports app developers, in the world’s first token generating event - the blockchain equivalent of an IPO - which raised the Ethereum equivalent of $80m in just six minutes. Practice head Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington led that deal and focuses on technology procurement and implementation in both the private and public sectors. The firm also advised virtual and augmented reality company 8i on commercial contracts. Auckland-based media lawyer and litigation partner Alan Ringwood assisted NZME Publishing and Mediaworks with a test case concerning the use of sports video clips by the news media. Newly promoted partner Laura Littlewood handles M&A transactions involving significant IP and technology assets, though her work also encompasses advice on data and strategic IT platforms. IP litigation partner Tania Goatley is also strong in media, advertising and privacy law.

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