Alex specialises in civil litigation and dispute resolution, with experience resolving complex legal issues for clients both in and outside of the Courts. Alex has particular expertise acting in disputes involving insurance, construction, solvency, commercial leases, trusts & estates, child custody and relationship property. He has represented clients in arbitrations, a variety of tribunals, the District Court, the High Court, and in the Court of Appeal.
Alex is active in the community, serving as Vice Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. He also sits on the governance board of his local church and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance Française de Christchurch.
Outside of the office, you may find him enjoying a glass of vintage red with a good book, running along the Port Hills, doing some DIY renovations, on the piste at his local fencing club, or pulling out some tunes on piano. Alex is also fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.
Alex graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2015 with a LLB(Hons) and a BA majoring in French and Political Science.
From September 2019 Alex will be on study leave at the University of Oxford.
Hortiventure Ltd v Alpine Sun Ltd  NZHC 2130;
A successful strike out application against a landlord arising out of commercial lease dispute.
Gull v Smart  NZHC 2566;
In this custody proceeding, the father successfully opposed the mother’s application to relocate the parties’ son to Australia. The result was upheld on appeal in the High Court.
Lee v IAG New Zealand Ltd  NZHC 2626;  Lloyd’s Rep. IR 345;
Litigation concerning the interpretation of an insurance policy, and an insurer’s liability for interest on a payment obligation in an insurance contract.
Black Rock Administration Limited  NZHC 3450;
The insured obtained costs against IAG in litigation relating to its material damage claims caused by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes, after Black Rock was able to successfully settle its claims.
Redline NZ Ltd v Conveyor Technology Ltd  NZHC 1083;
The respondent company succeeded in opposing an application to set aside a statutory demand, and had the debtor company immediately placed into liquidation by deploying a rarely used procedure in the Companies Act.