Firm Profile > Gilbert Walker > Auckland, New Zealand

Gilbert Walker
LEVEL 35, VERO CENTRE
48 SHORTLAND STREET
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gilbert Walker in Auckland has 'top-quality expertise in a modern collaborative practice', according to one client. The firm is a specialist advisory and dispute resolution practice with extensive experience in complex litigation and regulatory matters. Practice head Matthew Harris, who counts SKYCITY and TOWER Insurance among his clients, has more than 20 years' experience and often acts as leading or sole counsel in trials and other hearings. He frequently appears in appellate litigation. Martin Smith is a standout partner who appears in all courts for commercial and insurance clients, often as lead counsel. He counts Kiwi Property and ANZ Bank among his key clients. Associate Alexander Ho is a rising star in corporate and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Martin Smith; Iva Rosic; Alexander Ho; Hamish McQeen

Testimonials

‘Martin Smith stands out for his pragmatic, commercial approach to dispute resolution and his outstanding client service.’

‘The firm is used to working on highly complex commercial litigation with highly demanding clientele and opposition. It is one of the best boutique litigation firms in NZ.’

‘Iva Rosic is highly expert, responsive, detailed and hardworking, as is Martin Smith.’

‘Hamish McQeen is a very bright associate, very dedicated and competent.’

Key clients

ANZ Bank

Kiwi Property

SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd

Vector Ltd

TOWER Group

Vero Liability Insurance Ltd

KPMG

Jones Lang Lasalle

NZI Professional Risks (a division of IAG New Zealand)

Insurance Tier 2

Gilbert Walker in Auckland is a specialist advisory and dispute resolution firm that frequently acts for liability insurers in complex and sensitive matters. Among its clients are major corporates, banks, professional firms and insurers, including leading professional indemnity insurer Vero Liability, NZI Professional Risks, Tower Group, Allianz and Aon. The firm is best known for its advocacy skills in  arbitrations, mediations, construction adjudications, and other forms of dispute resolution. Practice head Matthew Harris has extensive experience in property and liability insurance disputes, at all levels of the courts, and has successfully defended professionals in disciplinary proceedings and in civil proceedings at trial and appellate level for many years. Martin Smith has more than 15 years' experience in property and liability insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vero Liability Insurance Ltd

Aon New Zealand

NZI Professional Risks (a division of IAG New Zealand)

TOWER Group

Allianz

The firm: Gilbert Walker is a specialist advisory and dispute resolution practice with extensive experience as advisors and advocates in complex litigation and regulatory matters. Led by partners Matthew Harris, Iva Rosic and Martin Smith. Clients include major corporates, financial institutions, insurers and professional firms.  Innovative and agile, the firm has the ability to handle disputes of any size, including large-scale, document-intensive litigation and investigations, while their lean structure ensures that clients benefit from the central involvement of partners in their matters.

Gilbert Walker was awarded Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards.

Areas of practice: Gilbert Walker provides advisory and advocacy services across a range of civil and commercial disputes. The partners have particular expertise in company and commercial matters, regulatory investigations and inquiries, insurance, professional and directors’ liability, construction and trade practices, property and leasing, class actions, trust litigation, and health and safety investigations and prosecutions. Established clients include banks, major corporates, insurers, professional firms, and company directors and officers. The firm is trusted to handle sensitive matters that need to be resolved proactively and confidentially.

Gilbert Walker acts in all local dispute resolution forums, including negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and litigation. The firm’s partners appear at all levels of the New Zealand courts, typically conducting their own advocacy but also working closely with senior counsel where appropriate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Matthew Harris matthew.harris@gilbertwalker.com 64 9 374 1104
Partner Iva Rosic iva.rosic@gilbertwalker.com 64 9 374 1101
Partner Martin Smith martin.smith@gilbertwalker.com 64 9 374 1109
Photo Name Position Profile
 Matthew Harris photo Matthew Harris Partner. Matthew provides advice and advocacy across most areas of commercial law,…
 Iva Rosic photo Iva Rosic Partner. Iva specialises in commercial litigation and has particular expertise in large-scale…
 Martin Smith photo Martin Smith Partner. Martin advises and acts on a broad range of commercial and…
Number of lawyers : 9
English