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Since 1974 Alan Sorrell has acted in a wide range of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and intellectual property, real property, trust and estate matters. This breath of experience enables pro-active problem diagnoses and solutions. He has appeared in most courts and tribunals with a particular emphasis on the High Court. He joined the independent bar in 1992 as a founding Member of Bankside Chambers.

Education

  • LLB - University of Auckland, 1974
  • New Zealand Institute of Directors Chairing the Board
  • Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Visiting Fellow, 2005

Bio

Since 1974 Alan Sorrell has acted in a wide range of contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and intellectual property, real property, trust and estate matters. This breadth of experience enables pro-active problem diagnoses and solutions. He has appeared in most courts and tribunals with a particular emphasis on the High Court. He joined the independent bar in 1992 as a founding Member of Bankside Chambers.

He has a diverse and lengthy senior governance career including Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, the Arts Board of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand), was on the Board of Auckland Film Studios Limited and Deputy Chair of Tennis New Zealand Inc. In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen for services to film.

Alan has substantial experience in mediations an expanding aspect of his practice. He has been appointed to a mediation and arbitration panel of the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Work Highlights

QPAM Limited

Large complex shareholder dispute over stadium 36 judgements culminating in the Supreme Court.


Fuel company duty dispute with Customs

One of Customs largest duty disputes finally resolved after a Supreme court hearing and negotiation


Shareholders dispute during capital raising

Employee shareholder, CV issues, directors’ duties and funders requirements. Settled.


Competition law issues for contractors

Film industry concerns with Hobbit Films and Government policy. Settled with law change.


Film industry sector submissions on copyright reform

Drafting and advising on submissions


Global technology company

Competition law opinion informing strategies

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Memberships

  • NZLS
  • ADLS
  • AMINZ
  • NZBA
  • WIPO (Panel for Mediation and Expedited Arbitration for Film and Media)