Many New Zealand markets are highly concentrated. Entry can be challenging where there appears to be room for only 2 or 3 major players. Additionally, the Commerce Commission is a well-resourced and vigilant regulator aiming to protect the welfare of consumers.

Financial misconduct, and situations involving fraud or financial crime risk, are amongst the most confronting that any business can face. Resolving such cases successfully requires a blend of regulatory expertise, calm and thorough forensic strategy, and industry knowledge.

Collaboration by contract and use of corporate structures are two great Western traditions underpinning commerce and development. But when a contract is broken or terminated, a JV disintegrates, or a company is misused, principle and perspective can be easily lost in dispute.

Since the Christchurch earthquakes, insurance law and claims handling principles have developed at an unprecedented pace. The volume of difficult claims, coverage, and recovery issues has led to major court rulings with ramifications well beyond property or business interruption policies. Meanwhile, nimble new specialty lines providers are prospering as premium levels recover.

With information as the lifeblood of the new economy, and digital disrupters transforming how we think and work, concerns grow over privacy and data protection. How can the law keep pace with technology?

Transport, utilities and core infrastructure industries are undergoing intensive and rapid change. This is being led by forces of technological disruption, international trade (both physical and in ideas), population growth and government prioritising of investment.