Gilbert/Walker - litigation and arbitration specialists

Matthew Harris

LLB (Hons) / BA (Auckland) LLM (NYU) Admitted to practise law in New Zealand (1997), New York (2000), and England & Wales (2004)


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Mobile: +64 (0)21 765 204

Matthew appears regularly as lead counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  He provides advice and advocacy in most areas of commercial law, including company and securities, contract, insolvency, insurance, professional liability, and property.

Before joining Gilbert/Walker, Matthew was a senior litigation associate at Clifford Chance LLP in London.  He practised US law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC (1999-2000) and at Davis Polk in London (2000-2003).

Matthew is a member of the NZLS Litigation Skills Faculty and the NZLS Law Reform Committee.

Matthew started his career as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court.  He received a number of academic awards at Auckland Law School, including a Senior Prize in Law, and won the Stout Shield advocacy competition.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Hauser Global Scholarship in 1998 to take his LLM at New York University.

Selected cases:

Antons Trawling Ltd v Dawson & Associates Ltd [2016] NZHC 982

TOWER Insurance Ltd v Domenico Trustee Ltd [2015] NZCA 372, [2015] NZHC 981

InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd v Nakedbus NZ Ltd [2013] NZHC 379, [2014] 3 NZLR 177, [2014] NZHC 410

O’Loughlin v TOWER Insurance Ltd [2013] 3 NZLR 275

Law v TAN Corporate Trustee Ltd [2013] 1 NZLR 651 (CA)

Edenz Colleges Ltd v Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (HC 2012)

SEA Management Singapore Pte Ltd v Professional Service Brokers Ltd & O’rs (2012)

DNZ Property Fund Management Ltd v Argosy Property Management Ltd (HC 2011)

Russell v Robinson [2011] 2 NZLR 424 (HC)

i-Health Ltd v iSoft NZ Ltd [2012] 1 NZLR 379 (CA)

Radisich v Templeton [2009] 3 NZLR 276 (HC)

Falun Dafa Association of New Zealand Inc v Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade Trust [2009] NZAR 122 (HC)

Progressive Enterprises Ltd v Commerce Commission (2008) 12 TCLR 284 (HC)