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Reece is a senior associate in our dispute resolution team. He specialises in helping clients resolve commercial and civil disputes, with a particular focus on competition and consumer protection law.

As a commercial litigator, Reece regularly advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues including contractual disputes, shareholder disagreements, insurance claims, and advertising issues.

He also advises clients on competition law issues in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising agreements, distribution agreements, and other arrangements.

Reece takes a pragmatic approach to disputes and places particular importance on understanding the commercial drivers for clients. He strives to obtain the best commercial resolution by utilising the most appropriate dispute-resolution method in a cost effective manner.

Prior to returning to Kensington Swan, Reece worked for three years in the Middle East at top tier law firms. During this time he advised various international and local clients on a range of commercial disputes in relation to construction and property, employment, trade receivables, fraud investigations, and oil & gas disputes.

Admission date:

2008 (New Zealand) 

EXPERIENCE

Reece has advised: 

  • An international pharmaceutical company throughout investigations by the Commerce Commission in relation to alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
  • An international veterinary supply manufacturer during investigations by the Commerce Commission in relation to alleged breaches of the Commerce Act 1986.
  • Herrick Corporation, a US steel fabricator, on claims of inducing a breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the NZ International Convention Centre and Commercial Bay property developments in Auckland.
  • A Crown entity in the education sector on an indemnity dispute with its insurers.
  • An individual on a testamentary promises claim brought in the High Court.
  • Large property development companies in UAW in a multi-billion-dirham arbitrations disputes with master developers.
  • A non-executive director of Bridgecorp following its receivership which included civil and criminal charges for issuing a prospectus containing false and misleading statements.

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