Mr Matt Sumpter > Chapman Tripp > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Chapman Tripp
PO BOX 2206
New Zealand

Work Department

Dispute resolution, intellectual property, competition




Matt advises on all aspects of intellectual property from protection and commercialisation through to infringement, representing vendors and customers in some of New Zealand’s largest IP disputes.  On the competition side, his practice extends from merger and JV clearance through to cartel and market power litigation. Matt is the author of the prize-winning text book, New Zealand Competition Law and Policy.  The text is regularly cited and relied on by the New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal.  Matt is a leading voice on policy and law reform and also writes the competition law section of the New Zealand Law Review.  


Matt is a member of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand, the International Trade Marks Association and the New Zealand Law Society


BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland and LLM (First Class) Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge, England; Admitted 1999

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Matt SumpterChapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has one of the most experienced IP teams among the New Zealand’s full-service firms. It represents some of the country’s largest businesses including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Fonterra on business-critical IP matters, as well as acting for leading global technology and entertainment companies. The firm’s active corporate practice is backed up with extensive IP commercialisation expertise and a strong contentious IP practice. IP, competition law and civil litigation specialist Matt Sumpter leads the practice from Auckland, where Kelly McFadzien handles corporate matters with an emphasis on IP, notably in the TMT sector. IP and TMT litigation partner Justin Graham and rising star senior associate Tom Cleary are also highly recommended. Tim Sherman is the key partner in Wellington for outsourcing, IP and TMT transactions.

New Zealand > Competition law

(Leading individuals)

Matt SumpterChapman Tripp

The competition and regulatory practice at Chapman Tripp has a prominent role in competition, regulatory and antitrust cases, and it handles merger approvals, abuse of market power, cartel activity, anti-competitive arrangements, resale price maintenance, compliance audits and training programmes. Among its clients are some of the nation’s largest corporates, key government and financial institutions, major primary sector operatives, core infrastructure providers and multinationals operating in New Zealand. Practice co-head and regulatory specialist Neil Anderson is the key contact in Wellington, where consultant Grant David remains actively involved in merger clearances and contentious competition matters, and up-and-coming partner Lucy Cooper plays a key role in the practice. In Auckland, practice co-head Matt Sumpter provides anti-trust and intellectual property advice.