Anthony Harper > Christchurch, New Zealand > Firm Profile

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

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 2

With offices in Auckland and Christchurch, Anthony Harper acts for domestic and national clients in commercial, construction and insurance litigation, and has demonstrable experience in health and safety disputes, which continues an area of growth for the practice. In the firm’s Auckland office, Dan Hughes leads the team and specialises in construction and insolvency cases in New Zealand, while Christchurch-based Peter Woods focuses on property claims for earthquake damage in Canterbury and Marlborough, in addition to representing clients in contractual, construction, defamation and insurance-related disputes. Other key members of the team include the Auckland-based Lynne Van, a specialist in insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Dan Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Auckland International Airport Ltd

Avior Consulting Pty Limited

Coca-Cola Amatil

First Credit Union

Fulton Hogan

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd


Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Limited

Rodgers Reidy

VinLink Marlborough Limited

Westpac New Zealand Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr and Mrs Dodds in the appeal by Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd (“SR”) against the High Court’s decision that SR had engaged in misrepresentation, misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of good faith.
  • Acting for the liquidators of CBL Insurance on a breach of directors’ duties claim following the collapse of the company.
  • Acting for an high-net-worth individual client  who is subjected to sanctions in Australia.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 2

Praised for its ‘depth of experience and outstanding interpersonal skills’, Anthony Harper is noted for its capability in health and safety matters, as well as employment law work, and has demonstrable experience across the agriculture, food and beverage, transport, retirement villages and tourism sectors. In the firm’s Auckland office, Grant Nicholson leads on high-profile workplace incident investigations in New Zealand and frequently assists clients in dealings with the police and regulators, including WorkSafe. Nicholson jointly leads the practice alongside Kathryn McKinney, whose ‘in-depth knowledge of employment law is exceptional’, advising on employment disputes, industrial relations issues and compliance matters. The Auckland office is also home to senior associate Olivia Walsh, while Anne Wilson joined the firm’s Christchurch team in November 2021 from Chapman Tripp.

Practice head(s):

Grant Nicholson; Kathryn McKinney

Other key lawyers:


‘AH’s strength is their ability to provide immediate support and response to our issues. Kathryn’s in-depth knowledge of employment law is exceptional.’

‘Grant Nicholson and Olivia Welsh are a fantastic team. They make sure they understand the business and the level of maturity in the business in respect of health and safety and craft their advice to suit.’

‘Kathryn McKinney’s no fuss and direct approach to issues is extremely valued by our team. The ability to explain employment law very easily to managers so they understand the issues and solutions to be implemented is greatly appreciated by our company.’

‘The depth of experience and outstanding interpersonal skills.’

Key clients

City Rail Link

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Mercer Financial Services


Waste Management NZ


Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Hiway Group

McConnell Dowell Constructors

Mercedes-Benz NZ

Ngati Awa Group Holdings

Smart Environmental

Vero Liability Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing White Island Tours Limited (WIT) in its defence of the charges laid against it by WorkSafe, following the Whakaari eruption, alongside 10 defendants who have also entered not guilty pleas to the charges they face.
  • Approached by Retirement Village Association Of New Zealand (RVANZ) to draft policies and guidance documents in conjunction with the Vaccinations Order.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of Tinderbox Media Limited’s c.NZ$75m sale to Autodesk, Inc.  

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

Anthony Harper’s ‘timely, responsive and personable’ real estate team regularly advises on commercial development projects, capital markets transactions involving the acquisition and disposal of office blocks, shopping malls and retail centres, and leasing matters. In the firm’s Christchurch office, practice leader Tim Barclay ‘offers the rare combination of sound legal knowledge, good communication skills and an excellent commercial sense to boot’, when advising clients on a range of commercial property matters. The ‘efficient construction team’ is led by Auckland-based Ed Dunphy, who acts for leading domestic construction companies, principals and contractors, and experience commercial litigator Karen Kemp, who represents clients in construction risk management litigation. In Christchurch, Daniel French focuses on subdivisions, commercial leasing and unit titles, while Auckland-based Tim Bunker is praised as ‘an excellent lawyer who goes the extra distance’. Christchurch-based senior associate Jessica Hanning is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Ed Dunphy; Karen Kemp; Tim Barclay

Other key lawyers:


‘Very efficient construction team.’

‘Dan French is very hands-on and proactive in promoting his client’s interests in property transactions.’

‘Straight to the point, astute and efficient.’

‘Very well versed in property S&P contracts, and well respected by law firms acting for the other side on transactions. This helps to get complex deals across the line for our benefit.’

‘Within Anthony Harper, Tim Barclay stands out head and shoulders in a field of highly competent and dedicated lawyers. Tim offers the rare combination of sound legal knowledge, good communication skills and an excellent commercial sense to boot.’

‘Timely, responsive and personable.’

‘Very good, quick professional service.’

‘Tim Bunker is an excellent lawyer who goes the extra distance and is great to work with.’

Key clients

CPB Construction Pty Ltd

KiwiRail Ltd

Southbase Construction

Woolworths Limited

Stride Property Limited

Oceania Healthcare Limited

Ninety Four Feet Pty Limited

Templeton Kingsland Limited

Avior Consulting Pty Limited


Mainland Capital

The Fletcher Construction Company


Fletcher Distribution

Argosy Property

Stride Property Group


Otautahi Community Housing Trust

CDL Land New Zealand

Pacific Radiology Group

Sarin Group

Arvida Limited

Heredium Group

Huadu International NZ

Fulton Hogan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mainland Captial on the establishment on a new development growth fund, and the acquisition of properties to be acquired for the fund, valued in excess of $70m.
  • Acting for state-owned-enterprise KiwiRail on the development of its purpose-built train control centre at the Blue Mountains Campus, Upper Hutt, and leasing of that facility to Kiwirail under a 20 year lease.
  • Acting for Argosy Property on the complex redevelopment and lease of a building in Wellington to Statistics New Zealand, a government department.

New Zealand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Counting domestic banks and finance companies among its key roster of clients, the ‘go-to’ restructuring and insolvency team at Anthony Harper acts for receivers, liquidators, administrators and investigative accountants on matters pertaining to distressed businesses, security priority issues and the sale of assets. In the firm’s Christchurch office, Crispin Vinnell leads the practice and has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ in insolvency and corporate recovery matters, while Auckland-based Dan Hughes specialises in insolvency litigation. The Auckland office is also home to litigator Lynne Van, who advises liquidators, receivers and private clients on restructurings, breach of directors’ duties claims and voidable transactions, while Christchurch-based special counsel Chloe Jolliffe focuses on repossession of goods and real property, and personal and corporate insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Vinnell

Other key lawyers:


‘They also very helpful, approachable and easy to deal with. They are always on call to discuss any matter.’

‘Crispin Vinnell has a wealth of knowledge, is practical, helpful and solutions focused.’

‘The team is an absolute pleasure to work with and they are my go-to firm for the bulk of cases we deal with.’

‘The Anthony Harper (AH) team continue to provide exceptional services. The AH team has highly experienced and highly competent solicitors, and they work collaboratively within the team to provide us with the best possible advice.’

‘We deal primarily with Crispin Vinnell and Chloe Jolliffe. Both are highly experienced and vastly capable.’

Key clients

All of Government Panel

Westpac New Zealand Limited

ASB Bank

Ernst & Young


Heartland Bank Limited

Kiwibank Limited




Rodgers Reidy

Work highlights

  • Acting for the liquidators of CBL Insurance Limited (in liquidation), in a claim against the directors, actuaries and advisors of the company in respect of losses claimed at no less than $320m.
  • Advised VinLink Marlborough Limited on the acquisition of assets from one of Sacred Hill Marlborough Limited (in receivership and in liquidation).
  • Advising and conducting litigation for the liquidator of Decmil Construction NZ Limited (in Liquidation) following a dispute with the Department of Corrections in relation to a contract for works in respect of 5 prison sites across New Zealand valued at approximately NZ$185m.

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

With ‘great knowledge of the port industry’, Anthony Harper’s Christchurch-based transport and logistics practice advises its roster of clients, including freight forwarders and carriers, ports and exporters, on a broad range of matters, from aircraft charter agreements and shipping contracts to regulatory advice, cargo loss and damage claims. Praised for his ‘commercial nous and practical knowledge of the transport sector and legislation’, practice leader Chris Dann handles mandates relating to domestic and international carriage of goods, freight forwarding and logistics, vessel procurement, and supply and distribution arrangements, among others. Dann frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm on transport and logistics matters, involving health and safety, construction and finance issues, as well as litigation.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dann


‘Great knowledge of the port industry. Also, significant knowledge of the law around international contracting and sale and purchase agreement. Highly responsive to urgent requests for advice or action.’

‘We deal extensively with Chris Dann. He has an outstanding knowledge of the law concerning ports. He provides high quality services and is also extremely responsive.’

‘I have found the team to be extremely responsive, and they take care that their advice is pragmatic and pitched at the appropriate level.’

‘In addition to Chris’ commercial nous and practical knowledge of the transport sector and legislation, he has given great advice on how to approach a difficult commercial negotiation.’

Key clients


Ports of Auckland Limited

CentrePort Limited

Lineage Logistics

First Global Logistics

GCH Aviation

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Hilton Haulage

Kings Transport and Logistics

Kuehne + Nagel

Lyttelton Port Company Limited

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Port of Tauranga

Rhenus Logistics

Scales Storage and Logistics


Move Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised Lyttelton Port Company Limited on the short-term wet hire of a tug vessel.
  • Advised Rhenus Logistics on the restructure and rebranding of the New Zealand division of their freight forwarding, logistics and warehousing business.
  • Advised Hellman Worldwide Logistics on a customer dispute regarding customs duty on goods exported from New Zealand and on contract documentation to address export control sanctions and the worldwide shipping and supply chain crisis.

New Zealand > Banking and finance Tier 3

Counting ASB Bank Limited, Westpac New Zealand Limited and China Construction Bank among its key roster of clients, Anthony Harper provides a ‘comprehensive service with a very high level of expertise’ in property finance, including development and transactional matters, as well as corporate banking. The Christchurch office is home to practice leader Nigel Oliver – praised as ‘unflappable and a real problem solver’ – who focuses on the financing of commercial property, agribusiness, viticulture, fisheries and aquaculture. In Auckland, Grant Goldsmith has experience in property finance, sponsor-backed acquisition finance and syndicated corporate facilities. Other key members of the South Island team include ‘efficient and capable’ special counsel Pip Breitmeyer, personal insolvency expert Crispin Vinnell and senior associate Alice von Batenburg.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Oliver


‘They have an extremely professional, thorough, responsive and capable approach which gives us a lot of confidence. The breadth of experience and knowledge across the team means we are always able to gain advice for even the most complex of situations.’

‘Pip Breitmeyer is our main point of contact at present. She is very efficient, capable and responsive and a great person to deal with.’

‘Anthony Harper provide comprehensive service with a very high level of expertise.’

‘Nigel Oliver knows our business very well and also knows what we can achieve in banking and finance arrangements. This makes Nigel a valued partner for us and we know that we can rely on him to get a result that best fits with what we are looking to achieve.’

‘Nigel Oliver is unflappable and a real problem solver.

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 (New Zealand) Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

Mutual Credit Finance Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

MaxCap Group Pty Ltd


ORIX New Zealand Llimited

Work highlights

  • Acted for MaxCap Group on its largest land facility to the MADE Group for the development of a the 122 hectare greenfield site at Rotokauri, Hamilton.
  • Acted for VinLink Marlborough Limited involving the receivership of the Sacred Hill Group.
  • Acted for Scales Corporation Limited on its proposal to purchase Villa Maria wines through an acquisition of shares in a holding company.

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Anthony Harper provides ‘a comprehensive service with a high level of expertise’ in mid-market M&A transactions, corporate restructuring, due diligence and regulatory compliance matters. In the firm’s Christchurch office, Chris Dann leads the practice and David Gould has experience in acting for multinational clients in corporate acquisitions and sales, as well as commercial transactions. The Auckland office is home to managing partner and M&A expert Malcolm Hurley, Alex Campbell, who is noted for his expertise in the automotive sector, and Geoff Hosking, who frequently advises on inbound investments into New Zealand. The practice, which is noted for its retirement village expertise, also includes Auckland-based Matt Smith, and Sam Wilson and senior associate Jordan Wright, who operate from the Christchurch office.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dann


‘David Gould is pragmatic, informed and holds ground on matters of importance.’

‘The team is responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable.’

‘Top tier advice from a smaller boutique firm. Depth of experience and commerciality brought to negotiations. Direct partner interaction and excellent value.’

‘I find the team to be commercial and strategic. They are excellent at working with us to achieve our business objectives and to ensure that the advice that they provide is tailored and helpful.’

‘Malcolm Hurley is calm, commercial and experienced. Always available.’

‘Anthony Harper provide a comprehensive service with a high level of expertise.’

‘From a corporate and M&A perspective, we deal with Malcolm Hurley. Malcolm is exceptional in the service and value he brings to our business. His skill and expertise result in a very high level of comfort for us in an area that comes with a high level of risk.’

Key clients

Synlait Milk Limited

Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Scales Corporation Limited

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

IE Money Limited

Donaghys Limited

Lion NZ Limited

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand Limited

Emergent Cold

Arvida Group

Nissan NZ Ltd / Nissan Financial Services NZ Pty Ltd

AIA New Zealand



Work highlights

  • Advising Tinderbox Media on the sale of 100% of its shares to NASDAQ listed Autodesk, Inc. for $50m.
  • Advising Vinlink Malborough on its acquisition of the Sacred Hill Group from receivers for NZ$40m.
  • Advising Planon Group on its acquisition of a majority interest in, and formation of a strategic partnership with, SPM Assets, for an enterprise value of approximately $20m.

New Zealand > Intellectual property Tier 3

With demonstrable experience across the food and beverage, manufacturing and retail sectors, Anthony Harper advises on IP-related transactions, trade mark protection and copyright issues, portfolio development and management, as well as anti-counterfeiting mandates. Counting a number of international brands among its key roster of clients, the team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and litigation groups. From the Auckland office, IP litigator Mark Gavin leads the practice, and is noted for his capability in IP-related disputes and enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Romina Seylani

Key clients

Ashcroft Homes

Caterpillar Inc

Chobani LLC

Coca-Cola Euro Pacific Partners

Deep Down Wines

Emma Lewisham

Intel Corporation

LittleOak Organics

Louis Vuitton

Much Moore Ice-cream

Paradise Beverages

Samoa Breweries

Skope Industries

Special Group

Under Armour

Watches of Switzerland Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Caterpillar in a trade mark opposition to an application by Tigercat Inc for TIGERCAT, which is part of an ongoing worldwide dispute between Caterpillar and Tigercat.
  • Assisting Deep Down Wines Limited in clearing a new, global wine brand, which involved clearing multiple alternatives and settling on DEEP DOWN.
  • Acting together with Corrs Chambers Westgarth on an application to remove WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND trade mark registered in New Zealand by the Singaporean operator of Watches of Switzerland.

New Zealand > Investment funds Tier 3

Anthony Harper excels in property-related investment funds, extending to mortgage funds, acting for key market players including Silverfin Capital, Mainland Capital and First Mortgage Managers. The practice also has demonstrable experience in investment funds and other managed investment schemes, counting insurance companies, domestic banks, fund managers, licensed supervisors, property syndicators and other financial services businesses among its key roster of clients. Based in Auckland, ‘standout partnerNick Summerfield leads the team, where he covers investment funds, including KiwiSaver, capital markets and financial services regulations. Summerfield is also praised for his ‘depth of knowledge in the New Zealand regulatory space’.

Practice head(s):

Nick Summerfield


‘Nick Summerfield is good to work with, comes up a with solutions and has a depth of knowledge in the New Zealand regulatory space. He is commercially aware and solution driven.’

‘Nick Summerfield offers pragmatic and accurate advice and understands the business well.’

‘Anthony Harper is a commercially aware firm that provides good advice at reasonable cost.’

‘Nick is readily available, provides pragmatic advice and doesn’t over complicate things.’

‘The AH team are well connected to the industry and therefore great at supporting our work, where we strive to demonstrate thought leadership on matters and to our regulators.’

‘Nick Summerfield has become a key part of our team. We rely heavily on him to review and approve our prospectus documentation. We are invariably under time constraints and Nick always meets the timelines with a high degree of accuracy.’

‘We largely work with Nick Summerfield who is standout partner. Nick is highly responsive and also provides pragmatic advice that aligns to how our business operates. Nick is well connected to the sector which is useful in determining our strategic thinking on matters such as regulatory consultations.’

Key clients

AIA New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Milford Asset Management Limited

Mercer (N.Z.) Limited

New Zealand Funds Management Limited

Pie Funds Management Limited

Silverfin Capital Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

First Credit Union Incorporated

First Mortgage Managers Limited

Midlands Funds Management Limited

Rockfort Markets Limited

CTRL Investments Limited

BetterSaver Limited

First Insurance Limited

Public Trust

Covenant Trust Services Limited (Tricor)

Trustees Executors Limited (licensed supervisor)

Work highlights

  • Supporting AIA New Zealand, New Zealand Funds Management Limited, BetterSaver Limited and others on their full licence applications as part of the new financial advice regime.
  • Assisting fund managers Milford, Midlands, Mainland Capital, Pie Funds, Silverfin and others in connection with new investment fund offerings.
  • Supporting AIA New Zealand, First Credit Union, First Insurance Limited, Momentum Life, and others on their response to conduct law reforms.

Anthony Harper is one of New Zealand’s oldest-standing law firms, with a proud history that spans more than 150 years. Today the firm has more than 150 people based in Auckland and Christchurch, with internationally recognised and award-winning specialist lawyers working for a wide range of clients (from large corporates to individuals), across a range of sectors and services.

We work throughout New Zealand, and through ALFA International partners can arrange legal support in 65 countries.

Lawyers at Anthony Harper are industry experts across key sectors and services. These are high growth areas for the national economy, and the ones to which we can add the greatest value, through our clients and the direct contributions we make. Our precision, attention to detail and clarity allows us to quickly analyse complex problems and get to the heart of the issue.

Practice areas – services

  • Litigation
  • Property
  • Cross-border investments
  • Technology
  • Corporate advisory
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment
  • Banking and finance
  • Health and safety
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
  • Privacy
  • Resource management
  • Trust and asset planning
  • Financial services

Practice areas – sectors

  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Logistics and Transport
  • Manufacturing and Exporting
  • Food and Beverage
  • Hotels
  • Retails
  • Retirement Villages
  • Tourism
  • Emerging Companies
Corporate Advisory | Logistics and Transport | Manufacturing and Exporting | Technology Chris Dann - Head of 3 964 5835
Corporate Advisory | Automotive | Food and Beverage | Retail Alex 9 356 2625
Corporate Advisory | IP | Litigation | Food and Beverage | Automotive | Privacy Mark 9 984 4233
Corporate Advisory | Manufacturing and Exporting | Tourism David 3 364 3811
Corporate Advisory | Cross Border Investments | Technology Geoff 9 920 6478
Corporate Advisory | Food and Beverage | Retail Malcolm Hurley - Managing 9 920 6476
Corporate Advisory | Cross Border Investments | Manufacturing and Exporting Ewe Leong 9 920 6468
Corporate Advisory | Financial Services Nick 9 984 4234
Banking and Finance | Financial Services Nigel Oliver - Head of 3 364 3813
Banking and Finance | Automotive Grant 920 6477
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery | Banking and Finance Crispin 3 364 3814
Property | Hotels Tim Barclay - Head of 3 364 3829
Property Tim 9 356 2641
Property | Cross Border Investments Sylvia 9 920 6467
Property | Construction Ed 9 920 6460
Property | Hotels | Retail | Cross Border Investments | Tourism Daniel 3 364 3824
Property | Hotels Alistair 9 356 2648
Property Murray 3 364 3801
Resource Management Gerard 3 364 3809
Litigation | Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Dan Hughes - Head of 9 920 6472
Litigation | Construction Karen 9 920 6466
Health and Safety | Litigation Grant 9 356 2621
Litigation | Construction | Insurance Richard 3 364 3825
Litigation | Insurance Peter 3 364 3816
Employment Kathryn McKinney - Head of 9 920 9267
Retirement villages Michelle Burke - Head of 9 356 2626
Retirement villages Jenny 9 356 2628
Trust and Asset Planning Simon Weil - Head of 9 920 6470
Tim Barclay photoMr Tim BarclayPartner – Head of Practice | Property
Pip Breitmeyer photoMs Pip BreitmeyerSenior Associate | Banking and Finance
Gerard Cleary photoMr Gerard ClearyPartner, Resource Management
Chris Dann photoMr Chris DannPartner – Head of Practice | Corporate Advisory | Logistics and Transport
Daniel French  photoMr Daniel French Partner | Property
David Gould photoMr David GouldPartner | Corporate Advisory
Jessica Hanning photoMs Jessica HanningSenior Associate | Litigation
Chloe Jolliffe photoMs Chloe JolliffeSpecial Counsel | Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Nigel Oliver photoMr Nigel OliverPartner, Head of Practice | Banking and Finance
Richard Smedley photoMr Richard SmedleyPartner | Litigation
Crispin Vinnell photoMr Crispin VinnellPartner – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Murray Weakley photoMr Murray WeakleyPartner | Property
Peter Woods photoMr Peter WoodsPartner | Litigation
Jordan Wright photoMs Jordan WrightAssociate | Corporate Advisory
Number of lawyers : 74
Auckland : 47
Christchurch : 27
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