Firm Profile > Anthony Harper > Christchurch, New Zealand

Anthony Harper
PO BOX 2646
New Zealand

Banking and finance Tier 2

Anthony Harper's practice, led from Christchurch by Nigel Oliver climbs the ranking due to its strong presence on six major bank panels - including ASB Bank Limited, Bank of New Zealand, Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited - as well as its growing workload for Chinese banks and non-bank lenders. The firm excels in property finance, asset and equipment finance, acquisition finance, agriculture finance, factoring, project finance and asset recovery. It also has key expertise in fisheries, manufacturing, viticulture and other primary industries. In Auckland, Grant Goldsmith handles complex property and corporate finance matters. Senior associate Pip Breitmeyer in Christchurch and, in Auckland, financial services partner Nick Summerfield associate Alice von Batenburg are also recommended.

Practice head(s):


“We find Anthony Harper to be very responsive, delivering accurate and complete documentation in a very timely manner. They respond to questions and requests for advice with easy to understand information and recommendations as to the course to be followed.”

“In their individual areas of expertise, Pip Breitmeyer, Nigel Oliver and Crispin Vinnell are very personable, approachable and knowledgeable. They never make you feel you are interrupting and invariably provide excellent advice and a high quality of work.”

“The firm is accessible, responsive and sympathetic to the needs of our industry.”


Key clients

ASB Bank Limited

Bank of New Zealand

Dealer Finance Limited

Gold Band Finance Limited

Hilton Haulage LP

New Zealand Comfort Group Limited

Mutual Credit Finance Limited

Scales Corporation Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

bStudio Limited

Inno Capital Limited

China Construction Bank (New Zealand) Limited

Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

New Zealand Government

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Anthony Harper has a truly national practice with lawyers in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Led from Christchurch by Chris Dann, who has a particular focus on the transport sector, the practice handles M&A, due diligence, capital raising, corporate structuring, tax structuring, joint ventures, domestic and international supply and distribution arrangements, government and private sector procurement, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and commercial advisory work. In Auckland, David Gould is a standout partner with more than 27 years' experience in the market. Veteran corporate partner Malcolm Hurley and  up-and-coming partners Alexander Campbell and, in Christchurch, Megan Compton are also recommended. 'Its greatest strength is the ability of the team to respond to any number of varied topics from M&A to customer disputes, contract reviews and advice on advertising and marketing campaigns', remarks one client.

Practice head(s):


“The firm has excellent resource available and a good understanding of our business in the marketplace. They are able to respond quickly with the appropriate level of expertise when needed.”

“Alex Campbell is our main point of contact and is recognised and respected by our in-house legal team. He has a wealth of knowledge on a broad range of topics and we have absolute trust in his ability to provide appropriate advice. We have confidence that when he needs to refer us to another colleague he has ensured that they have the right skills to assist and will monitor the progress of the issue.”

“Alex Campbell is very approachable and puts colleagues at ease when they have difficult topics to deal with. He has the ability to provide advice in a clear and easy to understand manner and we appreciate the effort he puts into maintaining the relationship with us.”

“The firm has broad expertise, provides great partner access and is efficient with work completion and, therefore, cost management.”

“It provides great partner access and work is well directed amongst other expert partners, who provide practical and innovative solutions. Their broad business understanding means legal risks are put into the correct context alongside the need to get on with business or get a deal done.”

Key clients

Scales Corporation Ltd

Daimler AG

IE Money Ltd

Lyttelton Port Company

The Selwyn Foundation

New Zealand Comfort Group

Synlait Milk

Donaghys Ltd

Lion – Beer, Spirits and Wine

Mercedez-Benz New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres

Much Moore Ice Cream Co Ltd

Obela Fresh Dips and Spreads

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Anthony Harper has a litigation practice that is highly regarded for commercial litigation, insurance litigation, distressed assets and construction disputes. It is frequently called upon by both domestic and international clients to advise on high-profile matters, which last year included a group action arising out of the Christchurch earthquake, a Supreme Court appeal on a preference claim against a property magnate, and a claim on behalf a public body regarding a complaint about the constraint of free speech. Dan Hughes, who frequently appears in the High Court, the Maori Land Court, Maori Appellate Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, leads the practice from Auckland. In Christchurch, Peter Woods is adept at commercial property, company law, contract interpretation, construction, defamation, franchise, insurance and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):


‘The firm has a very agile and flexible team of lawyers, and it is very diligent and easy to work with.’

‘Dan Hughes, Lynne Van and Harriet Quinlan are, at different levels of experience, standout performers.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand Ltd

Auckland Council

Maori Trustee

KiwiRail Limited – New Zealand’s national rail carrier

Auckland International Airport Ltd

First Credit Union

Home Owners & Buyers Association of New Zealand Inc (HOBANZ)

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

Rodgers Reidy

VinLink Marlbourgh Limited

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd

Fulton Hogan

PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

Anthony Harper has significantly expanded its client base over the last two years, with clients such as Intel, Sony and Louis Vuitton engaging its services. The firm has significant expertise in transactional IP matters, commercialisation, trade marks, disputes and enforcement, IP advisory and data protection and privacy work. In Auckland, highly experienced IP litigator Mark Gavin is leading light in contentious matters and is regularly called in to advise on large, high-value and complex proceedings. Corporate partner Chris Dann in Christchurch is heavily involved in the IP practice. Former practice head Michael Moyes has moved to Duncan Cotterill and former senior associate Jullion Parker has taken up a directorship at Potter IP.

Other key lawyers:


“They have the ability to combine expert legal advice with creative commercial strategies, which is a rare quality.”

“The IP team of Anthony Harper provides excellent quality, as well as timely and commercial advice – the three key attributes needed. Most importantly, it is the superb judgement of the key partner, Mark Gavin, which stands out.”

“Michael is both extremely responsive and proactive.”

Key clients

Anheuser – Busch

Auckland International Airport

Bostock Group Limited

Clearpoint Limited


Home Direct Limited

Intel Corporation

Louis Vuitton

Mercedes Benz

Much Moore Ice Cream

My Republic

NZ Fintech Limited


Sony Corporation

Special Group

Under Armour, Inc.

Vocus (New Zealand) Limited

Waiwera Properties Limited

Xtend-Life Natural Products

Labour and employment Tier 2

Anthony Harper invested in its employment practice last year with the hires of Auckland-based health and safety expert Grant Nicholson from Dentons Kensington Swan and Christchurch-based immigration specialist Nicola Tiffen from Cavell Leitch Pringle & Boyle. They are among three lead partners along with Jackie Behrnes in Christchurch. The firm has notable expertise in employee and industrial relations, HR, employment law, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, restructuring and redundancies, managing poor performance and long term illness, Holidays Act advice, executive remuneration, health and safety, immigration law, privacy issues, and equal employment opportunities and discrimination law. Tiffen's group handles applications for visas, immigration accreditation, and difficult immigration matters such as deportation and health and character-related issues.

Other key lawyers:


“Jackie Behrnes and Nicola Tiffen are both accessible and approachable – they strive to become true business partners to our company and understand our needs first. In addition to this, they offer their expertise in plain language and offer practical solutions to our business needs. We feel we are in safe hands.”

Key clients

PGG Wrightson Seeds Limited

Pacific Radiology Group

Arvida Group Limited

Connetics Limited

Jamestrong Packaging NZ Limited

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Lululemon Athletica New Zealand Limited

Metropolitan Glass and Glazing Limited

Much Moore Ice Cream Company Limited

Hilton Haulage LP

Carter Holt Harvey

Oji Fibre Solutions

Villa Maria


Leighs Construction

Smart Environmental

Allpress Coffee

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Anthony Harper is 'very responsive and easy to deal with' and provides 'large firm quality but better value for money', according to one client. The firm's property group handles large-scale commercial and residential developments, syndicated property transactions, hotel projects and foreign investment. The construction practice acts for both principals and the contractors in major infrastructure projects. Tim Barclay in Christchurch leads the property practice, while commercial litigator Karen Kemp, who has a specialist focus on the construction and infrastructure sector, and the 'technically capable, responsive and commercially awareEdward Dunphy in Auckland are joint heads of the construction group. Senior associates Tim Bunker, whose experience includes commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals, and Jessica Hanning, who handles construction disputes, are rising stars.

Practice head(s):


“Ed Dunphy is very good – easy to deal with, commercial and practical in his approach.”

“The firm has a pragmatic problem-solving approach.”

“The firm provides exceptional personal service and knowledge of the client’s issues. Ed Dunphy and Tim Barclay are a great team. The have differing expertise which enables them to deal with a broad range of property-related matters for us in an excellent manner.”

“The firm has a pragmatic problem-solving approach and Ed Dunphy is technically capable, responsive and commercially aware.”

Key clients

The Fletcher Construction Company Limited

Rooney Group Limited

Southbase Construction Limited

Nereus Properties Limited

KiwiRail Limited

Higgins Group Holdings Limited

Fulton Hogan Limited

Investore Property Limited

Argosy Property Limited

Hauraki Piling Limited


Goodman Property Trust

Augusta Capital

Stride Property Group

Otautahi Community Housing Trust

CDL Land New Zealand

Tamaki Regeneration

Sarin Group



Coca-Cola Amatil

Maat Group

Huadu International Construction/NewUrban Group

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Anthony Harper has a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary and integrated team that works closely with the litigation, banking and finance practices to handle refinancing, restructuring, administration, liquidation and disputes. 'The team takes a holistic approach to all issues' remarks one client who praises the firm's 'fast responses and focus on outcomes and solutions that resolve matters quickly'. Crispin Vinnell in Christchurch leads the practice and he has more than 20 years' experience advising banks, finance companies, chartered accountants, insolvency practitioners, receivers, liquidators, administrators and the Official Assignee on all facets of insolvency and recovery. Dan Hughes in Auckland leads the firm's litigation practice and frequently handles high-profile insolvency disputes. Special counsel Lynne Van and senior associate Chloe Jolliffe are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘The insolvency, workout and recovery team is very well-established and highly competent. The Christchurch team is considered as best in market.’

‘Crispin Vinnell stands out as highly knowledgeable in his areas of expertise. He is easy to deal with, easy to get hold of, practical and comparatively cost-effective.’

‘The insolvency team has a great depth of specialist experience.’


Key clients

All of Government Panel

Westpac New Zealand Ltd

ASB Bank



Ernst and Young

Heartland Bank Ltd

Kiwibank Ltd


PKF Corporate Recovery & Insolvency

Goldsmith Fox PKF

Insolvency Management Ltd

McGrath Nicol

Rodgers Reidy

Ashton Wheelans

TMT Tier 2

'The team at is incredibly helpful and willing to listen, and they totally understand my requirements', says a client of Anthony Harper. The firm has a broad range of knowledge in TMT, IP, privacy, procurement and regulatory compliance. It primarily supports buyers of technology rather than vendors, bringing to bear its experience in software development, implementation and support of systems and software, procurement, policies and programmes, as well as disputes arising from such arrangements. Former practice head Michael Moyes has joined Duncan Cotterill .

Other key lawyers:


“In comparison with other firms/lawyers I have worked with, the distinguishing factors in dealing with this firm have been the speed with which our business and its needs were understood, that the advice given directly facilitated progress on the project for which the firm was instructed, the ability to document difficult concepts quickly and clearly using few words, that the confidence of the business was secured early by the demonstration of knowledge and experience in the field, and the fast turnaround in providing advice and drafting difficult documents.”

“They always have my best interests at heart and provide invaluable support and guidance. Due to the way they work I have found myself going to them more often than I normally use legal advice just because of the benefit it provides.”

Key clients


Van den Brink Group

Lyttelton Port Company




Fletcher Building


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

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

Anthony Harper's logistics and transport practice has a specialist, multi-disciplinary team with in-depth knowledge of multi-modal shipping. In this area, the firm provides a full-service offering to the industry, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious issues, which encompasses work on port services arrangements including marine services, stevedoring, provedoring, container depot and cargo handling services; the procurement of fuel, tug and pilot vessels and major container and cargo handling equipment; transportation, warehousing and distribution and supply chain agreements; and freight forwarding contractual arrangements. Chris Dann in Christchurch leads the practice and he has more than 19 years' experience in the logistics, transport and shipping sectors, as well as in-house experience at the Exel Plc, which was then the world's largest logistics company.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Lyttelton Port Company Limited

CentrePort Limited

Auckland International Airport

Toll New Zealand

Hilton Haulage

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics


Kuehne + Nagel

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Mercedes- Benz New Zealand

Ports of Auckland


Scales Storage and Logistics

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

China Eastern Airlines

Kings Transport & Logistics

Daimler AG

Investment funds Tier 3

Anthony Harper in Auckland joins this year's ranking having established a specialist team in 2018 which followed the arrival of Nick Summerfield from Kensington Swan, who co-leads the financial services team with Gill Goodwin who has more than 30 years' experience in investment funds work. The new group has quickly attracted clients such as insurer Sovereign Services, fund managers Westpac and Silverfin Capital, and supervisor Public Trust. The practice handles all aspects of investment funds work but has particular strength in property-related funds with clients such as Maat Consulting and numerous boutique providers. Its expertise extends to mortgage funds, and it is a key adviser to supervisors of investment fund offerings.

Practice head(s):


‘What sets Anthony Harper apart from the rest is its response time. It is very responsive, which is very important to us, and the quality of work is excellent.’

‘The responsiveness is excellent, but also the proactiveness. They are always looking out for us and very much a part of the team.’

‘The firm has great personable lawyers and Nick Summerfield is an excellent operator.’

‘Nick Summerfield and Gill Goodwin, who was recently appointed as Deputy Chairperson to the NZ Human Rights Review Tribunal, are experts in managed funds and deliver strategic, pragmatic and timely advice.’

‘The firm provides pragmatic and cost-effective solutions.’

Key clients

Silverfin Capital Limited (investment fund manager)

Public Trust (licensed supervisor)

Westpac New Zealand Limited (bank and investment fund manager)

Sovereign Services Limited (AIA / Sovereign) (licensed insurer)

Maat Consulting Limited (investment fund manager)

First Mortgage Managers Limited (first mortgage investment fund manager)

Heritage Trustee Company Limited (licensed supervisor)

Fund Managers Central Limited (first mortgage investment fund manager)

BetterSaver Limited (fintech business)

Life Insurance Policy Exchange Limited (insurance policy trading market)

Forsite Limited Partnership (tech business)

The firm

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

Its high-performing, internationally ranked solicitors are deeply immersed in 27 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, public law, privacy, resource management, retail, retirement villages, tax, technology, tourism, and trusts and asset planning.

In the last few years, the firm has doubled in size and revenues and is among the largest and most respected in the country. 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 reorganisations, 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
Automotive Alex Campbell
Banking and finance Nigel Oliver - Head of Practice
Banking and finance Grant Goldsmith
Construction Ed Dunphy
Construction Karen Kemp
Corporate advisory Chris Dann - Head of Practice
Corporate advisory Alex Campbell
Corporate advisory Megan Compton
Corporate advisory Gill Goodwin
Corporate advisory David Gould
Corporate advisory Geoff Hosking
Corporate advisory Malcolm Hurley - Managing Partner
Corporate advisory Ewe Leong Lim
Corporate advisory Nick Summerfield
Food and Beverage Michael Moyes
Food and Beverage Mark Gavin
Food and Beverage Malcolm Hurley
Health and Safety Luana Nickles
Hotels Tim Barclay
Hotels Daniel French
Hotels Alistair Law
Immigration Nicola Tiffen
Insurance Richard Smedley
Insurance Peter Woods
Litigation Dan Hughes - Head of Practice
Litigation Kathrine Anderson
Litigation Mark Gavin
Litigation Karen Kemp
Litigation Richard Smedley
Litigation Peter Woods
Cross-border investments Ewe Leong Lim
Cross-border investments Daniel French
Cross-border investments Geoff Hosking
Cross-border investments Sylvia Cheah
Property Tim Barclay - Head of Practice
Property Sylvia Cheah
Property Ed Dunphy
Property Daniel French
Property Alistair Law
Property Murray Weakley
Employment Jackie Behrnes
Financial services Gill Goodwin
Financial services Nigel Oliver
Financial services Nick Summerfield
Tax Bridget Riley
Technology Michael Moyes
Technology Chris Dann
Technology Mark Gavin
Tourism Megan Compton
Tourism Gerard Cleary
Tourism Daniel French
Tourism David Gould
Insolvency and corporate recovery Dan Hughes
Insolvency and corporate recovery Crispin Vinnell
Intellectual property Michael Moyes - Head of Practice
Intellectual property Mark Gavin
Logistics and transport Chris Dann
Logistics and transport Megan Compton
Manufacturing and exporting David Gould
Manufacturing and exporting Chris Dann
Manufacturing and exporting Ewe Leong Lim
Overseas Investment Act Annelies McClure
Public law Katherine Anderson
Resource management Gerard Cleary
Retail Malcolm Hurley
Retail Alex Campbell
Retail Mark Gavin
Retail Michael Moyes
Retirement villages Michelle Burke - Head of Practice
Retirement villages Jenny Baldwin
Trust and asset planning Simon Weil - Head of Practice
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