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William is a senior litigation partner. He has appeared in numerous high-profile cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. He is one of New Zealand's foremost media lawyers.

William has also acted in many cases in Samoa and the Cook Islands. He has represented governments and corporates in these jurisdictions in major constitutional, corporate, and international trust disputes. He has a special interest in private international law.

  • Chambers Global Dispute Resolution 2014 - Leading Lawyer
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Dispute Resolution 2013 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who Legal Commercial Litigation 2011 - Leading Lawyer
  • International Law Office Litigation Client Choice Award 2011 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Dispute Resolution 2011 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Kim Dotcom - advising Kim Dotcom, the founder of online file-sharing website Megaupload, on the US-led copyright infringement investigation and the US government's extradition charges against him
  • Peters v Television New Zealand - complex defamation law issues including the media's reporting on Parliament, and qualified privilege
  • Re Goldcorp Exchange (In Rec) (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Privy Council) - leading authority on equitable remedies as these relate to secured and unsecured creditors
  • South Pacific Mnf Co Ltd v New Zealand Security Consultants & Investigations Ltd (High Court and Court of Appeal) - a leading case on the duty of care in the law of negligence
  • Stevens v Premium Real Estate Ltd (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court) - leading authority on estate agents' fiduciary duties and Fair Trading Act liability
  • Hester v CIR (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court) - application of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act to tax legislation
  • Many leading media-law cases, including:
    • Quinn v TVNZ (High Court and Court of Appeal) - defamation
    • TVNZ v R (Court of Appeal), Victim X v TVNZ (High Court and Court of Appeal), and R v Liddell (Court of Appeal) - suppression orders and the open-justice principle
    • Mafart v TVNZ (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court) and Rogers v TVNZ (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court) - open justice and privacy
    • European Pacific Banking Corp v TVNZ (High Court and Court of Appeal) - confidentiality as this relates to the media and disclosure of sources
    • Solicitor-General v TV3 Network Services Ltd (High Court) and Berryman v Solicitor-General (High Court) - contempt
    • Mangu v TVNZ (High Court) - editorial independence
    • Attorney-General for England and Wales v TVNZ (High Court and Court of Appeal) - confidentiality as this relates to the intelligence services
    • Attorney-General v TVNZ (the Ahmed Zaoui case) (High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court) - freedom of expression as this relates to security detainees
    • TVNZ v R (High Court and Court of Appeal) - search of court records
    • Hosking v Runting (High Court), Andrews v TVNZ (High Court), and Rogers v TVNZ (Supreme Court) - breach of privacy
    • TVNZ v W (High Court) and TVNZ v Green (High Court) - broadcasting standards

Other Credentials

  • Chapter on New Zealand law in International Media Liability - Civil Liability in the Information Age - Author
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Law - Guest lecturer and external assessor
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • Various New Zealand Law Society, Auckland District Law Society, and Lexis Nexis seminars - Presenter
  • Admitted as barrister, Cook Islands
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