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Prior to joining Bankside, Jason practised at Russell McVeagh.


  • LLB (Hons) / BCom – University of Auckland


Jason is a highly experienced commercial advocate with a focus on High Court and appellate litigation.

He graduated from the University of Auckland with numerous awards, including a senior scholarship in law for graduating second in his year and prizes for twice winning the University’s top advocacy competition. Prior to commencing practice as a barrister in 2009, Jason clerked for Sir Peter Blanchard in the Court of Appeal, and was a litigator at Russell McVeagh and Slaughter & May (London).

Jason practises across the full range of commercial litigation, but has particular expertise in banking and finance disputes, insurance, professional negligence, insolvency, trust and company litigation, and property disputes. He has acted for many corporate clients including Vector, Westpac, Fletcher Building, New Zealand Treasury, Itochu Corporation, Lloyd’s, Spark, global insurance brokerage Willis, and litigation funders.

He also acts for clients in investigations and proceedings initiated by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Markets Authority.

Jason is a regular speaker at Law Society conferences and has written a number of published academic articles. He is also an editor of New Zealand’s leading property text, Hinde McMorland & Sim Land Law in New Zealand, having taken over the responsibilities of the late Emeritus Professor George Hinde in 2014.

Case Highlights

CBL Corporation Limited (in liq) (Current)

Acting for the liquidators of the publicly listed CBL Corporation in one of New Zealand’s largest corporate insolvencies. The case involves two shareholder class actions and proceedings brought by the Financial Markets Authority.

Energy Securities LP v Vector Limited (High Court, 18 June 2019, Gordon J)

Defending Vector against a lowball share offer entity associated with Bernard Whimp.

Westpac New Zealand Ltd v Z (High Court, 7 May 2019, Venning J)

Acting for Westpac in a $50 million civil fraud claim.

Sullivan v Wellsford Properties (Court of Appeal, 20 May 2019)

Fair Trading Act and misrepresentation claims on the sale of a commercial property.

Apia Construction & Engineering Ltd v Samoa National Provident Fund (Court of Appeal of Samoa, 15 September 2017)

Defending a substantial construction arbitral award against the Samoan Government from challenge.

BDL v CB (Sir Bernard Rix, Hon. W Brazil, N Kaplan QC, 18 August 2017)

Acting with American attorneys for a New Zealand distributor in an international arbitration appeal held in California.

What Others Say


  • Hinde McMorland & Sim Land Law in New Zealand, LexisNexis NZ (co-author)

  • Hinde on Commercial Leases (2019) (author)

  • Principles of Land Law in New Zealand (2020) (co-author)

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  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand
  • Pacific Lawyers Association