Laura O'Gorman


Telephone: +64 9 200 1501

Mobile: +64 21 313 653

[email protected]

Post: PO Box 141, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140

Laura O’Gorman joined Bankside Chambers in April 2019, after 14 years as a litigation partner at Buddle Findlay.  She has a broad range of experience in general commercial litigation, including specialist expertise in insolvency matters, judicial review and statutory appeals, Fair Trading and Commerce Act claims, media law, cross-border issues and contractual disputes.

Appearing regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, her litigation skills have been recognised by her leading lawyer ranking in various international directories including Chambers Global (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific (Band 1), The Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers.  She also acts for clients in mediations, expert determinations and arbitrations.

Throughout her career Laura has maintained a special interest in technology, being an early adopter of tools to make litigation more efficient and effective.  She has also been actively involved in law society matters, including as a council member for ADLS and NZLS.

Further details of Laura’s experience are available on her website:

Recent and Notable Cases

  • Zespri Group Limited v Gao [2020] NZHC 109. Damages of almost $15 million awarded to Zespri for breaches of the Plant Variety Rights Act and breach of contract, involving cross-border conduct and Mr Gao’s illegitimate exploitation of PVRs in China
  • Driver v Radio New Zealand Ltd [2019] NZHC 3275. Strike out of defamation claims as out of time based on constructive knowledge, and consideration of the extent to which breach of privacy claims are arguable
  • Milk New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Ltd v Miraka Limited [2019] NZHC 2713. Appeal from an arbitrator’s award of damages for a purchaser’s breach of minimum volume obligations in a supply contract.
  • Vector Limited v The Electricity Authority [2018] NZCA 453, [2019] NZCA 49. Decisions about the scope of the Electricity Authority’s jurisdiction to seek more standardisation in electricity distribution agreements, and the respective roles of the Authority and the Commerce Commission.
  • Re General Electric International Inc [2018] NZHC 3368. Successful appeal of a decision by the New Zealand Registrar of Companies, about an exemption from filing audited financial statements.
  • Sky Network Television Ltd v My Box NZ Ltd[2018] NZHC 2768, (2018) 136 IPR 341.  Obtained summary judgment under the Fair Trading Act about the illegality of pre-loaded Kodi boxes.
  • City Financial Investment Co (New Zealand) Ltd v Transpower New Zealand Ltd[2018] NZHC 1488.  Acted for the Electricity Authority in an appeal and judicial review of the Authority’s decision about alleged Code breaches concerning the HVDC link.
  • Miraka Limited v Milk New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Limited[2017] NZHC 2163.  Acted for the plaintiff in a summary judgment proceeding concerning take or pay and arbitration clauses.
  • Unison Networks Limited v Solar City Limited[2017] NZHC 1343.  Acted for the Electricity Authority in a Part 20 appeal against a decision of the Rulings Panel about the scope of its jurisdiction to hear Code disputes.
  • Splice Fruit Ltd v New Zealand Kiwifruit Board [2016] NZHC 864, [2016] NZAR 680. Acted for Zespri in a judicial review of the regulator’s decision about collaborative marketing.
  • Fortes v Bank of New Zealand[2014] NZCA 346.  Acted for the Bank to enforce a loan despite arguments about the borrower agent’s conduct.  Summary judgment granted in the High Court, upheld by the Court of Appeal.
  • Mawhinney v Nags Head Horse Hotel Ltd [2013] NZCA 401, (2013) 14 NZCPR 759.  Acted for a lender/mortgagee in a dispute about security issues and priorities.  Successful in the High Court, upheld in the Court of Appeal.

Qualifications and Career


LLB(Hons)/BCom, University of Auckland, 1996

LLM, University of Cambridge, 1999

Admitted 7 February 1997



Buddle Findlay, Auckland, 1994/95, 1996-1998 and 2001-2019

Carey Olsen (then called Olsens), Jersey, Channel Islands, 2000

Drew & Napier, Singapore, 1995/96





New Zealand Bar Association

New Zealand Law Society