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Buddle Findlay

83 VICTORIA STREET, PO BOX 322, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 3 379 1747
Fax:
Fax +64 3 379 5659
DX:
WPZ 0307
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Willie Palmer

Tel:
Work + 64 3 371 3502
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com/
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution; Insolvency; Local government.

Position

Partner. Specialises in commercial litigation including construction, insurance and insolvency law. He has broad experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. For details about Willie's work highlights see here - www.buddlefindlay.com/people/willie-palmer.

Career

Willie has conducted many High Court and arbitration hearings and appeals. His cases have included representation of liquidators and receivers, Financial Markets Conduct legislation applications including contributory mortgage claims, construction and mining claims, Companies Act claims and shareholder disputes, lease arbitrations, judicial review actions, competition law claims as well as many contract interpretation and general commercial claims. He has represented several Councils on civil claims, local government and enforcement issues. Willie is an adviser to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) on matters arising out of the Canterbury rebuild. Willie has an interest in agriculture and irrigation. He has been involved for over 15 years with Central Plains Water, of which he is currently a director. Central Plains Water is developing a large-scale irrigation and water enhancement scheme in Central Canterbury.

Member

• INSOL/RITANZ (insolvency practitioners)
• Trustee/Director, Central Plains Water project since 2000
• NZLS including as Faculty, Litigation Skills Advocacy Programme

Education

• BCom, LLB (University of Otago)
• Admitted New Zealand 1981


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.

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