Rowan Butler

Contact

Telephone: +64 9-307-8779

Mobile: +64 21-841-613

Fax: +64 9 377 0997

[email protected]

Post: PO Box 1571, Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1140.

Expertise

Rowan specialises in civil and regulatory litigation.  He has been a Barrister Sole since September 2011 and has practised as a litigator for 14 years.

Civil and Insurance Litigation

Rowan has experience in a wide variety of cases including shareholder & property disputes; trust and estate litigation; professional negligence claims; and general insurance litigation.

Regulatory litigation and Fraud

Rowan has acted in fraud trials both as Crown and defence counsel.  He also practices in the professional disciplinary and regulatory sphere, including statutory liability and inquests.

Rowan is a panel prosecutor for the Office of the Crown Solicitor, Manukau

 

Recent and Notable Cases

Recent and Notable Cases

Recent cases include:

Civil Litigation

  • Trusts & Estates
    • Applications to remove trustees and executors – Mengha Trustees Ltd v Titford [2013] NZHC 3466 (Appointed as Amicus), Estate of Ivy Jackson [2016] NZHC 1723;
    • Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988;
    • Claims under the Family Protection Act 1955;
  • Property
    • Caveats – Botany Land Development Ltd v Auckland Council [2014] NZCA 61 and [2014] 2 NZLR 405;
    • Applications to divide jointly held property – Harrison v Frieswijk [2013] NZHC 3267.
  • Interim Relief
    • Injunctions & Freezing Orders – Sale 33 Ltd v MDDI [2016] NZCA 286; Alarm NZ v 15 Hopetoun Ltd [2016] NZHC 813;
    • Judicial Review – Castles v Standards Committee No. 3 [2013] NZHC 2289;
  • Company Law
    • Shareholder disputes – GHL & Ors v JET & Ors [2013] NZHC 1013;

Regulatory

  • Securities & Fraud – R v Petricevic & Ors [2012] NZHC 665;
  • Inquests – Jakobs CSU 208;
  • Commerce Commission & Worksafe – Builders Corner Ltd v DOL (2011) 9 NZELR 57;
  • Professional Disciplinary Proceedings (lawyers, estate agents, medical professionals);

Qualifications and Career

Rowan is a law graduate of the University of Auckland (LLB 2000).

Prior to becoming a barrister, Rowan worked at the following New Zealand law firms:

  • Meredith Connell (Crown Solicitor’s Office, Auckland)
  • Jones Fee (Civil and insurance litigation firm, Auckland)