Mr Simon Ladd > Bell Gully > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Bell Gully
PO BOX 4199
New Zealand
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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.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

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Bell Gully ‘combines very strong expertise and in-depth knowledge of the field together with a good commercial and efficient approach to transactions‘, notes one client. Andrew Petersen and Simon Ladd in Auckland and, in Wellington, David Chisnall are the lead partners in the property, real estate and construction practice. Petersen, who counts Tāmaki Redevelopment Company and SkyCity Entertainment Group among his clients, handles corporate, property and Overseas Investment Act matters. Ladd is a leading light in contentious construction matters. Also in Auckland, Jane Holland, who has more than 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and the UK, specialises in commercial leasing and development projects. Chisnall has built his expertise over many years in some of the country’s most significant property projects, and he the structuring, procurement and delivery of large-scale construction and development projects, as well as acquisitions, disposals and leasing. Newly promoted partner Ian Becke is also recommended.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

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Bell Gully has one the largest and most prominent commercial litigation teams in New Zealand. Department head Jenny Stevens in Wellington and, in Auckland, deputy practice head David Friar lead the firm’s national litigation practice. In Auckland, Simon Ladd is an experienced senior litigator with particular expertise in competition proceedings, construction disputes and insurance law, and Sophie East is recommended for commercial disputes, banking and finance litigation, class actions and securities law. Up-and-coming partner Jesse Wilson handles regulatory matters and corporate disputes and senior associate Rebecca Rose is recommended for her advocacy skills. Ian Gault is now a High Court Judge.

New Zealand > Insurance

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Bell Gully has a key role in earthquake litigation and is also a prominent player in corporate transactions and insolvencies involving major insurers. The firm’s work for Southern Response Earthquake Services is a key part of its practice, though it has also handled significant matters arising from the Canterbury earthquakes for insurers Vero, AIG, Zurich, QBE, Chubb, and IAG. Last year, the firm handled more 40 insurance claims in the High Court. In Auckland, head of litigation David Friar and Simon Ladd, who is litigation liaison for key insurer client Suncorp,  are the lead partners. The firm also has significant regulatory expertise in the insurance sector, including matters in relation to the Insurance Prudential Supervision Act and Reserve Bank insurance requirements.

New Zealand > Competition law

(Leading individuals)

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Bell Gully has a diverse client base of blue-chip corporates, which the firm assists with major M&A transactions. The practice also handles numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions with local aspects, and is also highly regarded for its work in cartel matters. It recently handled some of the most important transactions in the market, which included acting for Vodafone Group Plc in its sale of Vodafone New Zealand Limited to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management Limited. In Auckland, practice head Torrin Crowther is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading competition lawyers. The firm’s specialist lawyers include special counsel Glenn Shewan and rising star senior associate Michael Tilley. Key partner Simon Ladd and, in Wellington, Jenny Stevens are the key litigation partners.