Anja Borchardt


Telephone: +64 9 307 9953

Mobile: +64 21 217 1369

[email protected]

Post: PO Box 1424, Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1140


Anja practices general commercial and civil litigation. She has a particular interest in employment law, intellectual property, insurance, and commercial arbitration.

She has appeared as counsel in a variety of matters before the High Court, Employment Court, District Court, Employment Relations Authority and Family Court. She has also appeared in mediations and arbitrations.

Anja has also provided assistance as junior counsel in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including contract, tort, employment, insurance, restitution, and intellectual property claims. She has assisted in large international commercial arbitrations in New Zealand and overseas.

Anja holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Hanover and an LL.M. from Victoria University of Wellington. Anja completed her undergraduate studies in law in Germany in 2002. She moved to New Zealand in 2003 and completed her Master’s Degree at Victoria University in the same year. Her Master’s studies focused on the field of employment law.

After gaining practical experience in a law firm, Anja re-qualified as a New Zealand Barrister and Solicitor and was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2008. Before her admission, Anja worked as a law clerk at Bankside Chambers for two years. She became a member of Bankside Chambers in July 2008.

Anja is also very experienced in providing general litigation support and document management assistance to senior counsel up to Supreme Court level.

Anja was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2012.

Recent and Notable Cases

Anja has recently acted on and/or provided assistance on matters relating to:

  • Summary judgment application for professional negligence claim
  • High Court action relating to the interpretation of Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and the law of unjust enrichment
  • Employment Court appeal relating to the rights of employees to preferential claims in a receivership situation, addressing the concept of “joint employment”
  • Income protection insurance
  • Professional negligence of insurance broker
  • Trademark opposition proceedings
  • Family Protection Act claims (for both applicants and respondents)
  • Various appearances relating to bankruptcy and insolvency issues
  • Prosecution under the Health and Safety in Employment Act
  • Arbitration relating to right of way issues
  • Dispute under a franchising agreement
  • Judicial review
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Personal grievances
  • Relationship property issues


  • LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand Ltd v Pacific Flight Catering (No 3) [2012] NZHC 2810
  • LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand Ltd v Pacific Flight Catering (No 2) [2012] NZHC 1996 (noted: 35 TCL 36/5)
  • Hole v Snedden [2012] NZHC 2419
  • Hutton v ProvencoCadmus Ltd (in rec) [2012] NZEmpC 127
  • Walter Bau AG v The Kingdom of Thailand (LCIA arbitration, Secretary to the Tribunal, see <> for award, affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on 8 August 2012: Schneider v. The Kingdom of Thailand, 11-1458-cv, Judges Parker, Hall and Wallace)
  • Percy v Sovereign Assurance Co Ltd [2012] NZHC 1712
  • Architectural Aluminium Installation Ltd v Aspen Project Ltd [2012] NZHC 1504
  • Minhinnick v New Zealand Steel Ltd [2010] ERNZ 73



  • Tutor in Land Law at the University of Auckland (from 2010)
  • Co-Author ADLS Inc Manual: Employment Law

Qualifications and Career

  • Barrister sole (from 2008)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (University of Auckland)
  • Admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • LL.M. (VUW)
  • Diploma in Law, University of Hanover, Germany
  • First State Exam (LL.B. equivalent), University of Hanover, Germany