Firm Profile > Anthony Harper > Christchurch, New Zealand

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

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Anthony Harper is called upon by clients in the North Island and South Island to assist with domestic and international litigation. The firm's work spans commercial litigation, including contractual disputes and breach of trust matters, alongside health and safety, construction and insolvency litigation. It continues to be involved in a claim against Southern Response Earthquake Services for misrepresentation, misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of good faith which has resulted in a NZ$300m class action. Dan Hughes in Auckland is the practice head and he focuses on general commercial and insolvency litigation. Peter Woods in Christchurch is an accomplished litigator with a track record in commercial property, company law, contract interpretation, defamation and IP matters, though he is most notable for cases arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.

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Key clients

ANZ Skytours New Zealand

Auckland International Airport Ltd

Avior Consulting Pty Limited

Coca-Cola Amatil

Fulton Hogan

Goodman Fielder

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Limited

Rodgers ReidyVinLink Marlborough Limited

Westpac New Zealand

Labour and employment Tier 2

Anthony Harper has a partner dedicated to each of the three elements that make up its practice - health and safety, employment and immigration. It is currently involved in one of the country's largest health and safety cases for many years, stemming from the eruption of a live volcano in 2019. The employment team is busy with contentious matters, restructurings, performance evaluation matters and issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The immigration team frequently handles residence applications and assists businesses with retaining migrant staff. Health and safety specialist Grant Nicholson, employment head Kathryn McKinney, both in Auckland, and immigration specialist Nicola Tiffen in Christchurch are the lead partners. Jackie Behrnes left to become a barrister.

Key clients

White Island Tours

Allpress International

Chorus New Zealand


Pacific Radiology


Villa Maria Estate

Leighs Construction

NZI Insurance

Vero Liability Insurance

Robert Walters NZ limited

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems NZ Limited

Essilor NZ

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Anthony Harper 'always delivers great results and is very responsive'. The property practice is frequently involved in large-scale commercial development projects, including commercial office towers, suburban business parks and purpose built industrial facilities. The separate construction practice focuses on commercial, industrial and residential developments across New Zealand, among them the building of hospitals, office blocks, KiwiBuild developments, state highways and other major infrastructure. Tim Barclay in Christchurch leads the property team, while the construction practice is led by Auckland-based front-end specialist Ed Dunphy and litigator Karen Kemp. The 'responsive and diligent' Tim Bunker in Auckland and, in Christchurch, senior associate Jessica Hanning also play key roles in property transactions and disputes respectively.

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‘The firm always delivers great results and is very responsive.’

‘Tim Bunker is very responsive and diligent.’

Key clients

Argosy Property

Arvida Limited

Augusta Capital

CDL Land New Zealand

Coca Cola Amatil

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Fletcher Distribution

Fulton Hogan Limited

Goodman Property Trust

Huadu International NZ and its development subsidiaries


LEP Group

Maat Group

Mainland Capital

Ninety Four Feet Limited

NZ Build Fund

Oaks Developments

Otautahi Community Housing Trust

Sarin Group

Shed 24

Southbase Construction Company

Stride Property Group

The Fletcher Construction Company


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

'They work hard, under pressure to get the job done which is usually tight deadlines', says a client of the partners at Anthony Harper. Bringing together the skills in litigation, banking and finance, the firm is able to handle high-profile matters concerning refinancing, restructuring, administration, liquidation and disputes, for clients including large banks, finance companies, insolvency practitioners and private businesses across New Zealand. Practice head Crispin Vinnell in Christchurch is 'an outstanding insolvency lawyer in whom we have 100% trust', says one client. Regarded as a leading lights in the market, Vinnell and  Dan Hughes in Auckland are frequently appointed by receivers, liquidators, administrators and investigative accountants. Special counsels Lynne Van in Auckland and Chloe Jolliffe in Christchurch are also recommended.

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‘They work hard, under pressure to get the job done which is usually tight deadlines.’

‘When working with Anthony Harper I work with Lynne Van and the client service is good.’

‘The firm is very client-focused and they are prepared to put their head out to get the best result for their client.’

‘The team has very strong technical expertise and the ability to provide real-time advice and support has been hugely beneficial to my team.’

‘Crispin Vinnell is an outstanding insolvency lawyer and someone in whom we have 100% trust to provide legal advice in complex and difficult insolvency assignments.’

‘I have always found the team responsive to issues arising with our company. Their knowledge assists in resolution of most matters in our favour.’

‘We mainly use Chloe Jolliffe, to a lesser extent Crispin Vinnell. They are prompt in reacting to our needs. Their responses are measured yet remarkably definitive.’

Key clients

All of Government Panel

ASB Bank


Ernst & Young

Goldsmith Fox PKF

Heartland Bank Limited

Kiwibank Limited


Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 2

Anthony Harper has a multi-disciplinary transport practice that is best known for its multi-modal shipping knowledge. The firm's work goes beyond shipping, with major companies also calling on its advice to handle road haulage and air freight matters. The practice brings together litigation, banking, finance and health and safety to support its shipping and logistics services. Work includes port services arrangements, fuel and pilot procurement, warehousing and distribution, freight forwarding and advice on the Maritime Transport Act. Chris Dann in Christchurch leads the small but diverse practice.

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Auckland International Airport

CentrePort Limited

China Eastern Airways

Emergent Cold

First Global Logistics

GCH Aviation

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Hilton Haulage

Kings Transport and Logistics

Kuehne + Nagel

Lyttelton Port Company Limited


Banking and finance Tier 3

Anthony Harper 'provides professional legal advice in an easy to understand and commercial manner' without the 'price tag of some of the largest firms'. The firm is on the panels of six major domestic banks and has particular expertise in property finance, as well as corporate banking transactions. It is also adept in debt capital markets and financial regulatory matters. Highly experienced banking partner Nigel Oliver leads the practice in Christchurch, from where insolvency specialist Crispin Vinnell handles transactional banking matters. Senior associate Pip Breitmeyer is also recommended. In Auckland, Grant Goldsmith handles leveraged, project, property and structured finance transactions. Senior associate Alice von Batenburg frequently assists some of New Zealand's largest banks.

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‘Anthony Harper provides professional legal advice for our financial services company in an easy to understand and commercial manner with the flexibility to work with you in the way that suits you.’

‘Anthony Harper does not have the price tag or arrogance of some of the largest firms yet still delivers the professional solution required in a friendly manner.’

Key clients

ASB Bank Limited

Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

Bank of New Zealand

China Construction Bank (New Zealand) Limited

Dealer Finance Limited

Gold Band Finance Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

Kiwibank Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

Mutual Credit Finance Limited

NZ Fintech Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Anthony Harper's corporate practice has extensive experience in M&A, due diligence, capital raising, corporate structuring, tax structuring, joint ventures, domestic and international supply and distribution agreements, government and private sector procurements, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. It has specialist expertise in key sectors such as automotive, food and beverage, logistics and transport, manufacturing, retail, financial services, retirement villages and tourism. Its client base spans small business and international companies, and it is especially noted for its presence in mid-market transactions. Chris Dann leads the practice from Christchurch, where partners David Gould and Megan Compton are also located. In Auckland, managing partner Malcolm Hurley and experienced practitioner Alexander Campbell are the main contacts.

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Daimler AG

Donaghys Limited

Emergent Cold

IE Money Limited


Lyttelton Port Company

New Zealand Comfort Group

Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Intellectual property Tier 3

Anthony Harper has a small but highly proficient IP practice that supports the firm's major clients. The practice is based around the vast experience of lead partner Mark Gavin, whose work spans copyright, trade marks, brand protection, design, passing off, Fair Trading Act and confidential information disputes. As well as handling IP aspects of joint ventures, sale and purchase agreements and investments, the firm has a strong flow of work in the commercialisation of IP, including licensing and R&D collaboration, as well as trade mark protection, disputes and privacy matters. In 2020 Michael Moyes moved to Duncan Cotterill and Jullion Nelson Parker joined Potter IP.

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Caterpillar Inc

Deep Down Wines

Intel Corporation

LittleOak Organics

Louis Vuitton

Much Moore Ice-cream

Paradise Beverages

Samoa Breweries

Skope Industries

Under Armour

Investment funds Tier 3

The financial services practice at Anthony Harper has focused on the investment funds sector since recruiting practice head Nick Summerfield in 2018, and it has seen its client base grow through its specialist expertise. It acts for leading banks, insurers, fund managers, licensed supervisors and property syndicators. It has become one of the leading advisers to property-related investment funds and mortgage funds. Advising supervisors of investment fund offerings is a key part of the practice's work. Gill Goodwin left to take up a role as deputy chairperson to the NZ Human Rights Review Tribunal.

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AIA New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Silverfin Capital Limited

New Zealand Funds Management Limited

First Credit Union Incorporated

Public Trust

The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd

Mainland Capital Limited

Covenant Trustee Services Limited

Sargon (NZ) Limited

First Mortgage Managers Limited

Fund Managers Central Limited

Police and Families Credit Union

New Zealand Employees’ Credit Union

Steelsands Credit Union

Tax Tier 3

Anthony Harper joins the ranking due to its growing workload in international, corporate, property and personal tax matters. The work spans advice on business structuring, asset planning, M&A transactions, share sales, employment obligations and tax residency. The firm has one tax specialist in senior tax advisor Bridget Riley, who has a broad range of expertise in international and domestic matters, drawing on her experience at one of the big four accountancy practices. Her track record includes advice to large corporate and SMEs in sectors as diverse as medical supplies, insurance, motor-vehicle, primary produce, property development and energy.

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5R Solutions

CLL Holdings Limited


Enza Zaden

Grenke AG

Hilton Haulage

Longridge Village Limited Partnership

Munro Footwear Group – Cowell Clarke

Synlait Milk Limited

Vetoquinol Australia Pty Limited

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
Ms Kathryn McKinney photo Ms Kathryn McKinney Partner
Mr Nigel Oliver  photo Mr Nigel Oliver Partner, Head of Practice | Banking and Finance
Mr Richard Smedley  photo Mr Richard Smedley Partner | Litigation
Mr Matt Smith photo Mr Matt Smith Special Counsel
Mr Nick Summerfield photo Mr Nick Summerfield Partner, Financial Services
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
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