Chris Patterson
Barrister / Executive Director



I am a seasoned litigator and dispute resolution specialist.  My wide range of skills and experience are aimed specifically at providing the best available legal advice and representation.

My clients and colleagues call upon me to provide strategic and outcome focused advice in the resolution of a wide range of disputes.  I have continued to be a trusted advisor to a number of publicly listed and high net worth privately held companies for over 20 years.  I also regularly act for individuals to assist in guiding them through the claims process to resolution.  I have built an enviable reputation on the back of taking the responsibility of obtaining excellent results in a number of New Zealand's leading Court judgments and negotiated settlements.  I got to this point after working in New York in the mid 1990s, a few short years at one of New Zealand's top litigation law firms, a decade at the New South Wales bar as an overseas practitioner and over 18 years at the independent bar in New Zealand.

I hold a conjoint law and commerce degree with Honours from the University of Otago.  I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand in 1997, the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2001, the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2009 and to the High Court of Australia in 2004.  I joined the independent bar in New Zealand and also New South Wales in 2001.  I held a practising certificate in that State for over a decade.  I am currently completing, on a part time basis, a Masters of Law degree at the University of Melbourne.  I have been an elected member of the Auckland Branch Council of the New Zealand Law Society since 2015.

My busy practice is comprised of a broad range of litigation work.  I appear regularly at all levels of the lower and superior courts.  My areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, insolvency, professional negligence, property, relationship property, employment, intellectual property, information technology, financial crime, trust and estate work.  In addition to managing my own case load, I lead a litigation team of three.

A few aspects of my non work life

I am married to Pip and we have two boys.  I have been a board member of Basketball New Zealand since 2011 and was appointed by FIBA in 2014 as one of its ten international legal commissioners for a five-year term.  In addition to Basketball, I am also a board member of Softball New Zealand.  Outside of the boardroom, I have had a lifetime interest in water sports as a surfer, scuba diver, former surf lifesaver, former water polo player and occasional swim instructor to my children.  Outside of sport, I am a qualified pilot and have, since 2006, been a part owner of a Socata Tobago (TB-10) aircraft.  I have completed eleven marathons since 2014 with a current personal best of 3:30 (Auckland 2016).  I raised just under $4,500 in donations for the New Zealand Prostate Cancer Foundation as a result of completing the 2014 Auckland marathon.  Occasionally, I manage to capture and upload a reasonable photograph into Instagram: @christographnz




Vulcan Steel Ltd v McDermott

[2011] 8 NZELR 576
Confidential information - Breach of statutory duty

Wong v Weathertight Homes Tribunal

[2011] NZCCLR 5
Judicial Review – Parties
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Mayne v Polychem Marketing

[2012] ERNZ 126
Employment Law – Jurisdiction
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Hally Labels v Powell

[2011] ERNZ 233
Employment Law – Restraint of Trade – Breach of confidentiality
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N Ltd v O

[2012] 9 NZELR 570
Employment Law - Interim Reinstatement
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BFSL 2007 Ltd v Steigrad

[2014] NZLR 304
Insurance – Policy – Statutory Charge
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Powell v Ogilvy New Zealand Ltd

[2011] DCR 336
Summary judgment - Contract – Breach – Remedies - Trade Practices – Fair trading – Prohibited conduct
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Simpson Grierson v Gilmour

[2009] 19 PRNZ 856 (HC)
Civil procedure – Summary judgment
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