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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution is one of our strengths. We act for both individuals and organisations, providing comprehensive, well-reasoned legal advice, combined with pro-active and creative solutions. Our aim is not just to provide sound legal advice but resolutions which deliver the best practical outcome for our clients. We are well qualified, and have an excellent track record, of competently and expertly representing our clients in mediation, arbitration, and tribunals (such as the Weathertight Homes Tribunal). We also work with our commercial and property law specialists, to advise clients as early as possible on risk identification and management.

Should your case need arguing in court, Parry Field is recognised as having an experienced litigation practice. Our team regularly achieve significant resolutions for our clients.

 

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Kris Morrison
Kris Morrison

Kris leads our corporate, technology and startup focused advisory team. Complementing this, Kris also leads our migrant team composed of 5 Mandarin speakers and 2 Japanese speakers which assists with overseas investment into New Zealand as well as immigration matters. He also acts for a number of not for profit charities, social enterprises and schools.

Having spent two years in Wellington as Research Counsel to a Judge, Kris frequently provides expert opinion and advice on curly questions that arise for Parry Field Lawyers’ Clients. He has written on New Zealand property law and regularly advises on contractual and property issues. He is a Board Member of Code Club Aotearoa and the chairman of the Christian Schools Network in Christchurch and the Emmanuel Christian School Board of Trustees, is a Board Member of Code Club Aotearoa, and is also actively involved in his church.

He has also tutored in Contract Law at Victoria University of Wellington and Tort Law and Land Law at the University of Canterbury.

Kris and his wife, Louise, have six children and are kept busy in their ‘spare’ time running around after them.

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Paul Cowey
Paul Cowey

Paul leads our litigation and dispute resolution team. His innovative and enthusiastic approach, developed over twenty years litigation experience, puts Paul in an excellent position to not only resolve disputes but also advise clients how to avoid them.

Paul has acted for individuals, SME’s, trading banks, charitable companies and insurers. His specialist areas include shareholder and business law, building and construction, estate litigation, insurance, and relationship property. Paul has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, Environment Court, Family Court, Maori Land Court, and Weathertight Homes Tribunal. Paul is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Paul understands business, having several years experience as a director of companies in the not-for-profit, aged care and property sectors.
Paul enjoys his work. This he balances with his love of sailing, tramping, travel and music. Paul and his wife have two teenage children and one large boisterous dog.

The majority of cases settle short of a full trial. Set out in the links below are examples of issues Paul has been engaged to litigate in the New Zealand Courts, both reported and unreported.

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Hannah Carey
Hannah Carey

Hannah primarily works in Parry Field’s litigation and dispute resolution team, although she also has experience in family, employment, property and commercial law. She has a particular interest in resolving estate, insurance, and relationship property disputes.

Hannah joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2005, following two years general litigation experience with another Christchurch law firm. Hannah values providing sound, well reasoned and pragmatic legal advice to clients. Like the other members of the dispute resolution team, she considers it important to not only help clients resolve disputes as efficiently as possible but also help them avoid new or further disputes where possible.

Hannah is married to Mark and has three young children. Outside of work she enjoys (when she can fit it in!) sport, reading and cooking.

Hannah is currently on maternity leave from January 2015.

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Joseph Morris
Joseph Morris

Joseph has recently been appointed as Manager of our Hokitika Office, where he assists clients in a wide range of legal matters, including commercial property and conveyancing transactions, estates, civil litigation, family law and dispute resolution.

Joseph joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2009 having graduated from Otago University with a double degree in Law and Classical History. He has particular experience in resolving disputes in the areas of estate claims, leases, property (including relationship property), breach of contract, care of children, and construction – he has appeared successfully for clients in the High Court, District Court and Family Courts. Joseph focuses on bringing clients timely, accurate advice with a view to resolving issues in an economical and efficient manner.

Outside of the law Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, as well as spearfishing, surfing and reading.

Joseph looks forward to engaging with former clients of the Murdoch, James and Roper practice and with the wider West Coast community.

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Alex Summerlee
Alex Summerlee

Alex specialises in Litigation and Family law matters. He joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2015 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and an Arts Degree majoring in French and Political Science. Alex was admitted to the Bar in July 2015.

Alex is fluent in French, having studied it for 10 years and living in France for half a year. He has recently started learning Spanish.

Alex sits on the leadership board of his local church, where he also plays in a number of music groups and assists with the youth group. Alex’s other interests include reading, fencing, piano and travel.

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Nathan Simkiss
Nathan Simkiss

Nathan specialises in Litigation, primarily in Employment and Family law matters. He joined the firm in February 2016 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and English. Nathan was admitted to the bar in October 2016.

 

Nathan sings as a tenor in the Christchurch Youth Choir, and is greatly involved in his church, where he has been a leader in the children’s ministry since 2011. His other interests include reading, writing, and live theatre.

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