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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Malcolm specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including construction, insolvency and employment law. He acts on matters involving emergency and urgent relief orders and complex contractual and statutory interpretation issues. He brings his experience and intelligence to represent clients in all Courts, appearing before the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court. He is also experienced in representing clients before mediations and commercial arbitrations. Malcolm was previously Chair of the Russell McVeagh Board and prior to this was Chair of the Partnership.

Malcolm originally joined Russell McVeagh in 1992, the year he was admitted to practice, before leaving to study for his postgraduate degree at Oxford University. He then worked as a Labour Law and Labour Relations specialist at the International Labour Office in Geneva before returning to Russell McVeagh in 1998. He became a partner in 2003 and is currently Chair of the Russell McVeagh Board.


LLB (First Class Honours), University of Otago
BCL (First Class Honours), Oxford University

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New Zealand > Dispute resolution

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Russell McVeagh’s ‘proactive’ team has demonstrable experience in large-scale class actions and contentious matters pertaining to construction projects, in addition to restructuring and insolvency litigation, regulatory investigations and ADR cases. In the firm’s Auckland office, Kirsten Massey chairs the practice and focuses on class actions, financial services litigation and professional negligence cases, while Marika Eastwick-Field is a key contact for insurance disputes. The Auckland office is also home to Polly Pope, who advises on class actions, construction and banking litigation, and senior litigator Malcolm Crotty. In Wellington, Chris Curran is noted for his expertise in public law and commercial disputes, judicial reviews and cases relating to IT projects, while ‘energetic and talentedNathaniel Walker focuses on contentious insurance matters.