James leads our restructuring and insolvency team. He is a litigator who specialises in insolvency law, helping creditors and insolvency practitioners with businesses in financial distress.

James advises both finance and trade creditors. He also advises insolvency practitioners who are appointed to help rescue a failing business. He works closely with bankers, legal counsel, CFOs and CEOs, as well as insolvency practitioners.

If you are owed money by a failing business, James will work with you to recover as much of it as possible – including representing you in court if necessary. He also works with banks on security enforcement matters and he advises insolvency practitioners on a range of issues. These include appointment opinions, as well as advising on creditor claims and the priority of those claims.

James is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, is ranked as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and is recognised as a Rising Star in IFLR1000 2019.

Clients describe him as 'an excellent insolvency practitioner', while another remarks that he is 'an expert in insolvency and has a natural ability to home in on exactly what his clients need'. Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

James brings many years of experience to his work. He has been involved in some of New Zealand’s highest-profile insolvency cases and he has well-established relationships with banks and insolvency practitioners.

Admission Date: 2004


James has advised: 

  • HSBC, ANZ and Heartland Bank in relation to various security enforcement matters.
  • The liquidators of Isola Vineyards Limited and Richina Global Real Estate Limited.
  • The receivers of Vinoptima Estate Limited.
  • A significant creditor of CBL Insurance Limited (in liquidation).
  • The interim and the permanent liquidators of HydroWorks.
  • Various banks as interested parties to oppose proceedings brought by Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi, UFJ, Ltd to challenge Solid Energy’s Part 14 compromise.
  • The receivers of South Canterbury Finance (and then Crown Asset Management) on litigation against the former directors of SCF, as well as various other claims.
  • The receivers of MediaWorks and Southern Cross Forest Products with various issues.
  • The receivers of Bridgecorp on various claims and issues relating to the company's distressed loan book.
  • The receivers of Provincial Finance on a long-running claim against several defendants for deceit and conspiracy.
  • The administrators of various businesses, including assisting on the first ever New Zealand voluntary administration. 



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