Hon Paul Heath QC


Telephone: +09 307 8779

Mobile: ++64272262099

[email protected]

Post: PO 324, Shortland Street, Auckland

The Hon Paul Heath QC’s principal areas of expertise are dispute resolution, (primarily arbitration), commercial law, company law, insolvency law, equity, trusts and legal issues affecting Māori.

Paul is an associate of South Square, the leading set of insolvency chambers in London


Recent and Notable Cases

Paul is a recently retired Judge of the High Court. He has given, or been party to 62 judgments that have been reported in the New Zealand Law Reports.  A selection of those reported between 2012 and his retirement from the High Court Bench on 6 April 2018, are:

  • E-Trans International Finance Ltd v Kiwibank Ltd [2016] 3 NZLR 241
  • Taylor v Attorney-General [2015] 3 NZLR 791
  • Taylor v Key [2015] 3 NZLR 770
  • Earthquake Commission v Insurance Council of New Zealand Inc [2015] 2 NZLR 381
  • Mangawhai Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association Inc v Kaipara District Council [2014] 3 NZLR 85
  • Orlov v New Zealand Law Society [2013] 1 NZLR 390
  • ANZ National Bank Ltd v Sheahan and Lock [2013] 1 NZLR 674
  • Bupa Care Services New Zealand Ltd v Gillibrand [2013] 3 NZLR 701
  • Alesco New Zealand Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2012] 2 NZLR 252
  • Commerce Commission v Vector Ltd [2012] 2 NZLR 525 (CA)
  • R v Mason [2012] 2 NZLR 695

Qualifications and Career

The Hon Paul Heath QC studied law at the University of Auckland, graduating LLB in 1978.  He was admitted to the Bar later that year.  During his time in practice, he appeared on multiple occasions in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and on three occasions in the Privy Council.  Paul went to the separate Bar in 1998 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel that year.  He was a Law Commissioner between 1999 and 2002, having been a consultant on commercial law issues from 1997.

In March 2002, Paul was appointed a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand, an office he held until his retirement from the Bench on 6 April 2018.  During that time, he sat as a member of the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Court of Appeal between 2003 and 2016.  He also sat as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu in July 2010.


Paul is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and a Chartered Arbitrator.


  • INSOL International
  • Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ). Paul was elected a Life Member in 2015.  RITANZ is the New Zealand affiliate of INSOL International
  • International Insolvency Institute
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy (2000)
  • Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association