The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Buddle Findlay

AON CENTRE, 1 WILLIS STREET, WELLINGTON 6011, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 4 499 4242
Fax:
Fax +64 4 499 4141
DX:
SP 20201
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Seb Bisley

Tel:
Work +64 4 462 0839
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com/
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Insurance; litigation and insolvency law.

Position

Partner. Specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, and in particular commercial, insurance, public and insolvency litigation. For details about Seb's work highlights see here - www.buddlefindlay.com/people/seb-bisley.

Career

Seb has appeared in a broad range of cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and District Court. He has a wide-ranging litigation practice, having advised and represented corporations, trustees, hedge funds, bondholders and individuals on complex litigation proceedings and regulatory investigations in New Zealand, England and a number of off-shore jurisdictions.

Member

• Member of RITANZ (Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand)

Education

• BA, LLB (Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington)
• LLM (Dist) (University of Durham)
• Admitted New Zealand 2002
• Admitted England and Wales 2008


New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Buddle Findlay is known for 'excellent service and pragmatic, relevant and timely advice'. The firm's dispute resolution practice operates from all three of the firm's offices and is led from Auckland by Laura O’Gorman, who 'picks up technical and industry-specific matters very quickly'. She acted for Sky Network Television in claims against sellers of pre-loaded Kodi boxes in a case that raises key questions about piracy. David Broadmore is recommended for banking and finance, insolvency and contractual disputes and is 'client-focused and a good communicator who is calm under pressure'. In Wellington, Scott Barker acted for Zespri International in a Serious Fraud Office investigation into invoicing practises in China and Taiwan. Clients note that Sebastian Bisley is 'a great strategist - extremely thorough, with a clear understanding of what is at the heart of each issue'. Senior associate Oliver Gascoigne 'has a consistently calm approach and an excellent ability to get to the heart of an issue'. In Christchurch, senior litigator Willie Palmer and partner Kelly Paterson are recommended. Graeme Hall retired.

[back to top]

Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Buddle Findlay has a ten-partner team across three offices which blends insolvency expertise and litigation experience to create one of the deepest practices in New Zealand. It counts Bank of New Zealand, ANZ Bank, ICBC, KordaMentha, PwC, McGrathNicol, Deloitte and Grant Thornton among its key clients. For administrator and liquidator KordaMentha, the practice handled the NZ$550m administration and subsequent liquidation of companies in the Solid Energy Group. David Perry and Scott Abel in Auckland led that deal, with support from experienced litigator Laura O’Gorman. Litigator David Broadmore and special counsel Myles O’Brien are also recommended. In Wellington, Scott Barker is a key practitioner and peers also speak highly of Sebastian Bisley, who acted for a group of creditors, including Callaghan Innovation, in an application to set aside a creditors' compromise obtained by Trends Publishing, which resulted in a favourable decision in the High Court. In Christchurch, newly promoted partner Kelly Paterson specialises in commercial litigation, with a focus on insolvency.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments in New Zealand

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to