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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

Kelly Paterson

Tel:
Work +64 3 371 3547
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com/
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Commercial litigation

Position

Partner. Specialises in commercial litigation.  She advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including contract disputes, insolvency and credit recovery, local government issues, property law disputes and security enforcement.

Career

Kelly has appeared in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as Tribunal and Arbitration hearings.  Kelly acts for receivers and liquidators and assists with complicated receiverships and pursuing claims against directors of insolvent companies for breaches of directors’ duties.

Kelly has successfully argued proceedings for recovery of land, an application for an urgent interim injunction, strike-out applications, defended liquidation proceedings and appeared in various High Court and District Court trials and interlocutory hearings.

Member

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

Education

• BCom, LLB (Hons) (University of Canterbury)

• Admitted New Zealand 2003


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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Buddle Findlay is 'excellent - the advice is always prompt and practical'. One client notes that 'this is my go-to firm in New Zealand'. The firm not only handles the IP aspects of large M&A transactions, but also receives a flow of work for blue-chip clients on brand protection and trade mark matters, and its key names include patent attorney, barrister and practice head John Glengarry and newly promoted special counsel Hamish Selby, who are both based in Auckland. Glengarry counts Alibaba Group and British American Tobacco among his clients. Selby conducted pre-filing trade mark searches for Colgate-Palmolive, and frequently advises the client on search, prosecution and registration matters. Philip Wood has more than 20 years' experience in the IP field and frequently provides strategic advice on copyright for clients in the IT, film, television and music industries. In Christchurch, litigator Kelly Paterson's broad practice includes IP disputes. Consultant Andrew Matangi joined Simmonds Stewart. Graeme Hall retired.

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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.

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