LLM, Harvard Law School 2018.

BA/LLB (Hons), University of Auckland 2017.


Andrew Grant is a specialist civil and commercial litigator.  He has a broad civil practice with particular expertise in contract, company, tort, property and trusts disputes.

Andrew is regularly instructed as sole or junior counsel in trial and appellate proceedings at all levels of the New Zealand courts system.  He also provides specialist advice and advocacy in other forums, such as international and domestic arbitrations, specialist tribunals and mediations.

Andrew’s recent instructions as a barrister include acting in the High Court and Court of Appeal for a developer in a multi-million dollar dispute with a rival developer over control of a residential subdivision; acting for a vendor defendant in a two-week High Court leaky building trial; acting for several dozen owners of a residential development in a complex High Court proceeding involving multiple alleged breaches of contract; and acting for the trustee of a significant family trust in defending a High Court claim brought by a beneficiary concerning the trust’s major asset.    

Prior to joining Bankside Chambers, Andrew was an associate at a leading litigation and arbitration firm in New York City, where he regularly acted for clients in New York state and federal court, as well as in international arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA, ICDR and ICSID Rules of arbitration.  He was also a junior barrister at Shortland Chambers, where he acted in commercial disputes together with leading King’s Counsel and other senior barristers.

Andrew holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he received honours grades in multiple commercial litigation papers.  He also holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland, where he was awarded a number of prizes in advocacy, including the 2016 Auckland and New Zealand senior mooting championships, the 2016 prize for national best speaker, and the award for global best oralist at the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington DC.

Andrew accepts instructions on matters around New Zealand and internationally.  He is a member of Bankside Chambers Singapore and may also be instructed on international arbitration matters there.

Case Highlights

Breach of contract and Fair Trading Act issues – High Court (2023)

Acting for the vendor defendant in a two-week, multi-party High Court proceeding involving allegations of breach of warranty and misleading and deceptive conduct arising out of the sale of a defective building.

Breach of contract and guarantor obligations issues – High Court (2023)

Acting for the guarantors in an ongoing High Court proceeding brought by a lender following the default of the borrower, a developer of a major residential property development.

Incorporated Societies Act issues, residential property development – Court of Appeal and High Court (2023)

Acting for the original developer of a residential subdivision in a dispute with the new developer concerning novel questions of interpretation of the Incorporated Societies Act1908.

Lease cancellation and trustee obligations issues, High Court (2023)

Acting for a corporate trustee in a proceeding brought by a beneficiary in relation to the beneficiary’s rights to make use of the trust’s substantial property assets.

Constructive trust, conversion and civil fraud issues – High Court (2022)

Acting for the defendant in a constructive trust claim arising from alleged conversion of property and fraud, including successfully defending interlocutory application for on-notice freezing orders.

International arbitral award enforcement issues – Southern District of New York and Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2020)

Acted for a major state-owned oil company in resisting US enforcement of a multi-billion-dollar arbitral award that had been set aside at the seat.

What Others Say


  • Andrew T. Grant “Tannadyce and the Role of Judicial Review in New Zealand Tax Disputes” (2018) 1 New Zealand Law Review 39.
  • Andrew T. Grant “An Examination of New Zealand Criminal Appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council 1841-2015” (2016) 27 New Zealand Universities Law Review 438.
  • Andrew T. Grant “The Vulnerable Children Act 2014” (2016) 22 Auckland University Law Review 401.
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