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Jania Baigent

BCom LLB(Hons)

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5113

M+64 21 550 554

Jania Baigent

Jania is the head of the commercial litigation department and a member of the firm's board of management. She is a specialist in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Jania acts on major commercial cases involving complex contractual, tortious, Fair Trading Act and IP disputes. She has specialist expertise in insurance and for many years she has acted for insurers in defending and resolving claims across a range of industries. She advises insurers regarding policy coverage issues, claims and litigation.

Jania is also a specialist in privacy, media and information law. She acts on disputes regarding the protection of private or confidential information, and advises clients on online content liability, privacy, defamation, Harmful Digital Communications Act, and other corporate reputation issues.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution 2021 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Dispute Resolution 2021 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Insurance 2018 - Recommended Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Marlborough Lines - representing Marlborough Lines in High Court litigation brought by a beneficiary of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust for the provision of documents under the Trusts Act 2019, Taylor v Inder & Ors
  • Waikato District Health Board - obtaining urgent interim, then permanent restraining orders against Radio New Zealand and others preventing them from accessing, using or disclosing confidential information obtained during a cyber attack, Waikato District Health Board v Radio New Zealand & Ors
  • Maori Television - represented Maori Television in Durie v Gardener & MTS, the leading Court of Appeal defamation decision establishing a defence of responsible communications on matters of public interest
  • Auckland Council - successfully defended High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the validity of the accommodation provider targeted rate (under appeal)
  • New Zealand Food & Grocery Council - representing NZFGC in High Court defamation proceeding Sellman v Slater & Ors
  • Waikato District Health Board - defended injunction proceedings seeking to prevent disclosure of report into employment issues
  • National Storage - successfully defended High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings concerning passing off and Fair Trading Act claims brought by a competitor
  • Internet service provider - advice on online content liability and a range of contentious issues and Court proceedings
  • HDI - acting and advising on a number of complex multi–claimant product liability disputes
  • Acted for victim of business email compromise attack which resulted in a debtor paying a significant sum into a third party’s bank account, including providing advice on cyber insurance policy coverage
  • Acting for and reporting to insurers regarding claims, litigation and policy coverage issues including those involving liability and life issues
  • Bayer New Zealand/Bayer AG - High Court litigation brought by a multi–national competitor concerning confidential information, and a related dispute regarding a patented animal health product
  • Representing a school in Coronial Inquest into the death of a school boy
  • Innophos - protesting jurisdiction of the New Zealand Courts in a case pursued by another multinational
  • The a2 Milk Company - High Court proceedings against an offshore party, in order to enforce A2's contractual rights

Other Credentials

  • New Zealand Insurance Lawyers Association - Member
  • Auckland Women Lawyers' Association - Member