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John Shackleton

LLB(Hons) CMInstD


P+64 4 924 3540

M+64 29 924 3540

John Shackleton

John is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist with over 25 years' experience. He leads the firm's commercial litigation national practice group.

John acts on major commercial and public law litigation and arbitrations. He also regularly assists clients to resolve disputes through mediation and negotiated settlements.

John has expertise in commercial property disputes, insurance, judicial review, and securities enforcement litigation, including receiverships and liquidations. He also advises on strategy and risk for regulatory compliance.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Dispute Resolution 2018-2022 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Acting in a significant claim against an insurance broker for negligence, breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1986
  • Representing a number of local authorities in disputes arising from IT projects
  • Transpower New Zealand - advising on a major pricing dispute
  • Advising a commercial landlord on issues affecting its portfolio arising out of Covid-19
  • Wellington City Council v Local Government Mutual Funds Trustee Ltd - insurance, declinature of indemnity
  • Re New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd - Companies Act Part 15 return of capital to shareholders
  • Clark v Taranaki Regional Council - liability for statutory charges under the Resource Management Act 1991
  • Earthquake Commission v Insurance Council of New Zealand Inc - the scope of statutory cover available under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 for increased flooding vulnerability
  • Grey District Council v Banks - challenge to the validity of Council ground leases
  • Bailey v Christchurch City Council - judicial review of the Council’s decision to install horizontal infrastructure following the Canterbury earthquakes
  • McVitty v Bank of New Zealand Ltd - application by receivers to strike out/stay proceedings brought by companies in receivership
  • GXL Royalties Ltd v Minister of Energy - judicial review of the Minister of Energy’s decision to transfer a Petroleum Exploration Permit
  • Todd Pohokura Ltd v Shell Exploration NZ Ltd - disclosure of confidential information
  • Greymouth Gas Kaimiro Ltd v Swift Energy New Zealand Ltd - injunction relating to irrevocable unconditional letters of credit
  • Arms v New Plymouth District Council - strike out of representative actions relating to claims under the Fair Trading Act 1986, in promissory estoppel and in negligence
  • New Plymouth District Council v Waitara Leaseholders Association Inc - claims of unlawful decision to offer land for sale and breach of trust

Other Credentials

  • RITANZ - Member
  • Institute of Directors - Chartered Member
  • Solicitor, England and Wales