Firm Profile > Anthony Harper > Christchurch, New Zealand

Anthony Harper
Level 9, Anthony Harper Tower
Worcester Boulevard
New Zealand

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Anthony Harper‘s corporate practice has bolstered its offering with the arrival of corporate and securities expert Andrew Wallace, who joins as a consultant from Lowndes Jordan in Spring 2021, and Matt Smith has been promoted to partner. The practice continues to perform strongly in public M&A, private equity transactions, corporate structuring, joint ventures and capital raisings. The practice is particularly well regarded for its retirement village expertise, which is among the largest specialist practice in New Zealand. Christchurch based ‘standout corporate lawyer’ David Gould has a good mix of intelligence, humility and commerciality’ and managing partner Malcolm Hurley  is noted for his M&A expertise, particularly within the retail sector. Alex Campbell  and Jenny Baldwin, who is the key partner for retirement village-related mandates, as well as senior assistant Jordan Wright , make up other key figures in Auckland. Chris Dann leads the practice from Christchurch. Sam Wilson joined the team from DLA Piper New Zealand in August 2021.

Practice head(s):


Anthony Harper’s David Gould is an excellent legal partner on any acquisition or divestment that we have been involved in. He is a very clever lawyer but more importantly he is practical and commercial. David seems to manage his team well in that he is typically always available to take on work when required by us. He also has a very good reputation in the market so can talk to a lot of other corresponding legal teams with ease and also knows or has good relationships with industry participants.’

‘In my 20 years of commercial experience David Gould has been the standout corporate lawyer that I have used or come up against. He has a good mix of intelligence, humility and commerciality.’

‘Alex Campbell – pragmatic, commercially minded lawyer who consistently delivers high quality work.’

Key clients

Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Scales Corporation Limited

Daimler AG

IE Money Limited

Donaghys Limited

Coca-Cola Amatil

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Anthony Harper is particularly active in the commercial, construction and insurance litigation spaces. Public law, property law disputes and claims resulting from natural disasters are also growing areas of work, particularly for Christchurch based Peter Woods ,who is experienced in claims generated by the earthquakes in Christchurch and Canterbury, having led the first High Court trial against Southern Response Earthquake Services. In the construction and insolvency space, Auckland based Dan Hughes ‘is a tough but sensible litigator’. Lynne Van is likewise recommended for contentious insolvency and commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm is nimble, creative and extremely good with clients and advocacy alike. Dan Hughes is the stand out performer.’

‘Dan Hughes is a tough but sensible litigator. He is responsive, efficient and clearly well liked and respected by his clients. He can see clearly the right route for successfully resolving problems, and is decisive.’

Key clients

Auckland International Airport Ltd

Avior Consulting Pty Limited

Coca-Cola Amatil

First Credit Union

Fulton Hogan

Goodman Fielder

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd

Maori Trustee


Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited (Ngāti Awa)

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 2

Anthony Harper impresses with its ‘fantastic overall knowledge’ in employment law and health and safety. Its lawyers handle contentious and non-contentious matters, working to support managers and employers in M&A transactions, investigations into bullying and harassment, and act as defence counsel to health and safety prosecution. Practice co-lead Grant Nicholson is an authority on such prosecutions by the regulator and the police, he successfully defended Smart Environmental, a waste management collection and management company, against charges of reckless conduct after a rubbish collection truck driver was killed. Kathryn McKinney co-heads the employment practice. Nicola Tiffen left in May 2021.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is great, cannot fault them. There overall knowledge is fantastic, they are effective and timely with responses, the team always deals with all matters promptly. They have good client knowledge and understanding of how the business works. The seminars the firm holds for upcoming changes are informative and extremely beneficial.’

‘Kathryn McKinney is recommended for her professionalism and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Hiways Group

Naylor Love Construction

Leighs Construction

McConnell Dowell Constructors

City Care

Waste Management NZ

Smart Environmental

Flick Anticimex

QBE Insurance

New Zealand > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Anthony Harper handles a varied roster of real estate and construction mandates, leveraging its expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. For construction, the ‘proactive’ and ‘versatile’ team is highly skilled in infrastructure projects, where it tends to provide advice on risk management, procurement and litigation relating to schedule delays and breach of contract issues. In terms of real estate, prominent work includes capital markets transactions requiring the acquisition and disposal of office blocks, shopping malls and retail centres. Ed Dunphy and Karen Kemp, a specialist in litigation, co-head the practice alongside commercial property expert Tim Barclay, who ‘goes all the way to support client needs’Tim Bunker is another key contact, as well as Christchurch-based senior associate Jessica Hanning. All other named partners are based in Auckland.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘High-quality work, technical expertise, problem-solving and access to partners.’

‘We often work with Ed Dunphy. He is very practical, listens and focuses on the important issues.’

‘Very well-informed and in touch with all segments of the property market. Very proactive in terms of highlighting risks/opportunities etc, rather than only responding to requests. Very adept at handling parties on the other side of transactions, in a respectful, non-confrontational, but authoritative manner. ’

‘Tim Barclay stands out as he is not only an experienced and outstanding lawyer, but also has the talent to understand his clients’ commercial interests which is so rare among lawyers. Tim goes all the way to support client needs, is very quick on the uptake, has an excellent memory, and is highly detailed in his analysis of legal issues without wasting time on superfluous elements.’

‘Anthony Harper provide us legal advice across a number of verticals including real estate and construction. Having the versatility to provide a breadth of expertise is advantageous to us.’

‘Nothing is ever a problem. Always keeps in contact with progress. Provides excellent advice and practical solutions to any problems and clearly identifies risks for our company.’

Key clients


Goodman Property Trust

The Fletcher Construction Company


Fletcher Distribution

Argosy Property

Stride Property Group

Otautahi Community Housing Trust

CDL Land New Zealand

Mainland Capital

Sarin Group

Arvida Limited

Heredium Group

Huadu International NZ and its development subsidiaries, HREF Health Precinct Limited and Cranmer Gardens Limited

Fulton Hogan Limited

Pacific Radiology Limited

University of Canterbury

CPB Construction Pty Ltd

Southbase Construction

New Zealand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Anthony Harper’s national team is led by Crispin Vinnell out of Christchurch with support from insolvency litigator Dan Hughes and his Auckland based team. The group is regularly mandated by major banks and finance companies, on administrations, liquidations, refinancings and restructurings, as well as offering specialist advice to liquidators, administrators and investigative accountants on matters relating to distressed businesses and the prioritising of securities. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Lynne Van works with Hughes on high-value insolvency claims, and special counsel Chloe Jolliffe focuses on repossession of goods and real property, and personal and corporate insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Very experienced team who are readily available and quick to respond. Offer well thought out, clear and concise advise which includes options as to steps that can be taken along with their recommendation as to which course to follow. The team are regarded as experts in their field and very commercial in their thinking.’

‘Crispin Vinnell is the partner we deal with. We have used his services for over 10 years and value his legal knowledge and the ability to practically apply this in a commercial situation to obtain the best possible outcomes. He is readily available and returns calls promptly and can be relied on to meet deadlines.’

‘The Anthony Harper team are a very experienced, knowledgeable and highly skilled group of Solicitors. The proactively seek innovative solutions to solve, at times, complex legal issues. They also use the breadth/depth of the entire Anthony Harper team whom work in a collaborative manner in order to deliver solutions.’

‘Crispin and Chloe are personable yet highly professional individuals. They constantly strive to exceed our expectations in regards to turnaround times, standard of advice and innovative solutions. Crispin and Chloe are constantly keeping us up to date with advancements in legal precedents and pending changes to law, which is greatly appreciated.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand Limited

ASB Bank

Ernst & Young


Heartland Bank Limited

Kiwibank Limited



New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 2

The Christchurch-based transport and logistics practice at Anthony Harper advises on a wide range of complex planning, transactional, and regulatory matters, including working with global freight forwarder, Hellmann on its novel Covid-related aircraft charter and block space purchase agreements with Air New Zealand for the carriage of freight. Key contact Chris Dannprovides very high-quality advice‘ and is an expert in the logistics and shipping sectors.

Practice head(s):


‘Detailed knowledge of the Port and Maritime industry. Significant history of providing legal advice and support in this specialist area. This includes international transactions for sale and purchase of expensive equipment.’

‘Chris Dann provides very high quality advice and has a high attention to detail.’

Key clients


Auckland International Airport

CentrePort Limited

China Eastern Airways

Lineage Logistics

First Global Logistics

GCH Aviation

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Hilton Haulage

Kings Transport and Logistics

Lyttelton Port Company Limited

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

Opzeeland Transport

Rhenus Logistics

Scales Storage and Logistics

GCH Aviation

New Zealand > Banking and finance Tier 3

Anthony Harper is recommended for its diverse corporate banking practice and its capabilities in property finance. The practice is also instructed by foreign firms on advice regarding lending in New Zealand and by New Zealand banks lending and taking security in other jurisdictions. Based in Christchurch, Nigel Oliver  routinely acts for borrowers and banks such as Westpac New Zealand and ASB Bank, on corporate, asset and property finance transactions. Crispin Vinnell and senior associate Pip Breitmeyer are the other key names in the South Island office. Grant Goldsmith is the lead partner in Auckland, with support from senior associate Alice Von Batenburg on leveraged finance, project and property finance and syndicated corporate facilities.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ASB Bank Limited

Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

Bank of New Zealand

China Construction Bank (New Zealand) Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

Mutual Credit Finance Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

New Zealand > Investment funds Tier 3

Anthony Harper is a leader in property-related investment funds, including mortgage funds. In addition to its expertise in investment funds and other managed investment schemes, the team also advises overseas financial service providers (particularly those in Australia) on access to the New Zealand market. Nick Summerfield is routinely advises major funds including  Kiwi Wealth and Kiwibank; his practice also spans insurance (both regulatory and claims matters), capital markets, and financial services provider regulations.

Practice head(s):


‘Great understanding of New Zealand financial regulator the FMA with a practical approach to issues. Easy to work with and understanding of business drivers.’

‘Nick Summerfield is an expert in the field.’

Key clients

AIA New Zealand Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Silverfin Capital Limited

New Zealand Funds Management Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

First Credit Union Incorporated

Midlands Funds Management Limited

New Zealand > Tax Tier 3

New Zealand > Intellectual property

Mark Gavin is Anthony Harper ‘s leading IP partner who brings over 35 years’ experience advising on all IP-related transactions, trade marks and copyright protection, as well as related disputes and IP enforcement. Gavin is also sought after for his advice on commercialisation and licencing, brand development, and anti-counterfeit strategies, both domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):


‘Top flight team, lateral thinkers, very deep legal knowledge, personable, switched on, practical, cost conscious.’

Key clients

Caterpillar Inc

Deep Down Wines

Intel Corporation

LittleOak Organics

Louis Vuitton

Much Moore Ice-cream

Paradise Beverages

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Al Tamimi & Company's practice in this space covers a wide range of work, and in particular is praised for its DIFC courts practice, headed by Rita Jaballah, who is notable for her role in some of the free zone's biggest cases. Locally-qualified firm chairman Essam Al Tamimi continues to be instructed in selected arbitration cases, and Egyptian-qualified arbitration specialist Naief Yahia is also notable, as is senior counsel Peter Woods. In Abu Dhabi, John Gaffney (a senior counsel) has experience as an arbitrator for bodies as diverse as DIAC and WIPO. In terms of advocacy, the team also includes senior counsel Patrick Dillon-Malone SC, a silk at the Irish Bar. This practice also dovetails with the firm's ability to litigate before the Arabic language onshore courts. Peter Smith left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Essam Al Tamimi; Hassan Arab; Rita Jaballah; Thomas Snider

Key clients

Walch & Schurti Attorneys At Law

beIn Sports

Oman Insurance Company

Mashreq Bank


Dusty Tourani

Credit Suisse

LG Electronics

Al Suwaidi Engineering Group

First Abu Dhabi Bank

FAB Securities


El Seif Engineering

KT & G

Standard Chartered Bank




Majid Al Futtaim Group

The firm: For more than 150 years Anthony Harper has helped and advised New Zealand and international clients to achieve their goals.

Its high-performing, internationally ranked solicitors are deeply immersed in 26 specialist areas: automotive, banking and finance, insolvency and corporate recovery, construction, corporate advisory, cross-border investments, employment, financial services, food and beverage, health and safety, hotels, immigration, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, logistics and transport, manufacturing and exporting, property, privacy, resource management, retail, retirement villages, tax, technology, tourism, and trusts and asset planning.

In addition to recognition in international guides and directories, it is a multi-award winner, including ‘New Zealand Deal of the Year’, ‘Mid-market Deal of the Year’, ‘Employer of Choice’ and ‘Capital Markets Deal of the Year’ at the New Zealand Law Awards.

The firm is proud to be able to solve the most complex of problems for its clients while fostering an inclusive work environment and enhancing its local communities.

Areas of practice: The firm is well respected for its work in a number of fields, including due diligence, governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and re-organisations, share sales and purchases, takeovers, finance, funding, property funding, distressed asset sale, immigration, insolvency, employment, health and safety, retirement villages, trusts, and asset protection, property acquisition and sales, commercial leasing, construction, PPPs, property development, property, tax, construction litigation, dispute resolution, litigation, IP, privacy and IT.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Advisory | Logistics and Transport | Manufacturing and Exporting | Technology Chris Dann - Head of Practice +64 3 964 5835
Corporate Advisory | Automotive | Food and Beverage | Retail Alex Campbell +64 9 356 2625
Corporate Advisory | Manufacturing and Exporting | Tourism | Logistics and Transport Megan Compton +64 3 364 3823
Corporate Advisory | IP | Litigation | Food and Beverage | Automotive | Privacy Mark Gavin +64 9 984 4233
Corporate Advisory | Manufacturing and Exporting | Tourism David Gould +64 3 364 3811
Corporate Advisory | Cross Border Investments | Technology Geoff Hosking +64 9 920 6478
Corporate Advisory | Food and Beverage | Retail Malcolm Hurley - Managing Partner +64 9 920 6476
Corporate Advisory | Cross Border Investments | Manufacturing and Exporting Ewe Leong Lim +64 9 920 6468
Corporate Advisory | Financial Services Nick Summerfield +64 9 984 4234
Banking and Finance | Financial Services Nigel Oliver - Head of Practice +64 3 364 3813
Banking and Finance | Automotive Grant Goldsmith +649 920 6477
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery | Banking and Finance Crispin Vinnell +64 3 364 3814
Property | Hotels Tim Barclay - Head of Practice +64 3 364 3829
Property Tim Bunker +64 9 356 2641
Property | Cross Border Investments Sylvia Cheah +64 9 920 6467
Property | Construction Ed Dunphy +64 9 920 6460
Property | Hotels | Retail | Cross Border Investments | Tourism Daniel French +64 3 364 3824
Property | Hotels Alistair Law +64 9 356 2648
Property Murray Weakley +64 3 364 3801
Resource Management Gerard Cleary +64 3 364 3809
Litigation | Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Dan Hughes - Head of Practice +64 9 920 6472
Litigation | Construction Karen Kemp +64 9 920 6466
Health and Safety | Litigation Grant Nicholson +64 9 356 2621
Litigation | Construction | Insurance Richard Smedley +64 3 364 3825
Litigation | Insurance Peter Woods +64 3 364 3816
Immigration Nicola Tiffen - Head of Practice +64 3 964 5839
Employment Kathryn McKinney - Head of Practice +64 9 920 9267
Tax Bridget Riley +64 9 984 4222
Retirement villages Michelle Burke - Head of Practice +64 9 356 2626
Retirement villages Jenny Baldwin +64 9 356 2628
Trust and Asset Planning Simon Weil - Head of Practice +64 9 920 6470
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tim Barclay  photo Mr Tim Barclay Partner – Head of Practice | Property
Ms Pip Breitmeyer  photo Ms Pip Breitmeyer Senior Associate | Banking and Finance
Mr Gerard Cleary  photo Mr Gerard Cleary Partner, Resource Management
Mr Chris Dann  photo Mr Chris Dann Partner – Head of Practice | Corporate Advisory | Logistics and Transport
Mr Daniel French  photo Mr Daniel French Partner | Property
Mr David Gould  photo Mr David Gould Partner | Corporate Advisory
Ms Jessica Hanning  photo Ms Jessica Hanning Senior Associate | Litigation
Ms Chloe Jolliffe  photo Ms Chloe Jolliffe Special Counsel | Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Mr Nigel Oliver  photo Mr Nigel Oliver Partner, Head of Practice | Banking and Finance
Mr Richard Smedley  photo Mr Richard Smedley Partner | Litigation
Ms Nicola Tiffen photo Ms Nicola Tiffen Partner
Mr Crispin Vinnell  photo Mr Crispin Vinnell Partner – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Mr Murray Weakley  photo Mr Murray Weakley Partner | Property
Mr Peter Woods  photo Mr Peter Woods Partner | Litigation
Ms Jordan Wright  photo Ms Jordan Wright Associate | Corporate Advisory
Number of lawyers : 74
Auckland : 47
Christchurch : 27
Bahasa Malaysia
Hokkien (Taiwanese)
Cook Island Maori
ALFA International