Gilbert/Walker - litigation and arbitration specialists

Martin Smith

LLB (Hons) / BSc (Victoria) LLM (Cambridge) Admitted to the Bar in 2003


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Martin has considerable experience in litigation and arbitration in many areas of commercial law and insurance law.  Martin appears for clients in all courts, including as leading or sole counsel.

Martin joined Gilbert Walker in 2008 and became a partner in 2013.  Before joining the firm, Martin was a litigation solicitor at Russell McVeagh in Wellington between 2003 and 2007.

Martin has received numerous academic awards.  He graduated from Victoria University in 2003 with Honours, and received the Richard Wild Cup as winner of the Law School’s advocacy competition. He was the top LLM student in his year at Cambridge University and also received the Chancellor’s Medal for English Law, and the Gareth Jones Prize for Restitution. In 2008 he received a Pegasus Scholarship to work at barristers’ chambers in London.

Martin is listed by the Legal 500 directory as a leading individual for Insurance.

Selected cases:

Shields v Hayward & Anor [2017] NZHC 261

Cygnet Farms Limited v ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited [2017] 2 NZLR 538 (HC)

Development Auckland Ltd (formerly Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Ltd) v Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd [2017] 1 NZLR 48 (SC); [2016] 2 NZLR 281 (CA); (2014) 15 NZCPR 391 (HC)

Skyward Aviation 2008 Ltd v Tower Insurance Ltd [2015] 1 NZLR 341 (SC); [2014] 2 NZLR 713 (CA); [2013] NZHC 1856

Hotchin v NZGT & Perpetual Trust Ltd [2014] 3 NZLR 685 (CA)

Perpetual Trust Ltd v Public Trust & Ors [2013] NZHC 2320

Levin v Ikiua [2011] 1 NZLR 678 (CA); [2010] 1 NZLR 400 (HC)

Turners & Growers Ltd v Zespri Group Ltd (2011) 13 TCLR 286 (HC)

ANZ National Bank Ltd v TOWER Insurance Ltd [2010] NZCA 267; (HC 2009)