Prior to joining Bankside, Jason practised at Russell McVeagh.
Jason was appointed a King's Counsel in 2022.
He practices across the full range of commercial litigation, but has particular expertise in banking and finance, securities, insurance, insolvency, professional negligence, trust and property disputes. He is named in Doyle's Guide as a leading New Zealand insolvency barrister.
Jason has acted for many corporate clients and public companies including Vector, Westpac, Calibre Partners, Vero, Fletcher Building, PGG Wrightson, New Zealand Treasury, Maurice Blackburn, Itochu Corporation, Pyne Gould Corporation, Lloyd's syndicates, Spark, global insurance brokerage Willis, and litigation funders. He has also acted for clients in many of New Zealand's largest class action cases in recent years, including the CBL, Southern Response, James Hardie and Intueri class actions.
Jason graduated from the University of Auckland in 2003, placing second in his year and receiving numerous prizes. Following graduation, he clerked for Sir Peter Blanchard in the Court of Appeal and then worked as a commercial litigator at Russell McVeagh and Slaughter & May (London). He moved to the independent bar in 2010 upon his return from London.
Jason has presented numerous papers at Law Society conferences and is an editor of leading texts on property law, including Hinde McMorland & Sim Land Law in New Zealand. He has been admitted to practice in Samoa and has appeared numerous times in the Samoan Court of Appeal.
CBL litigation (Current)
Lead counsel for the liquidators of CBL Corporation in one of New Zealand's largest corporate insolvencies. The proceedings involve claims of around $900 million. Jason is defending CBL in two shareholder class actions and claims brought by the Financial Markets Authority and is representing the liquidators in claims against CBL's directors.
Westpac New Zealand Ltd v Z (Current)
Acting for Westpac in a $50 million civil fraud claim.
Bank of New Zealand v George Kerr & Others (Current)
Acting for high-profile investor George Kerr in the defence of a $65 million claim by the Bank of New Zealand.
Pyne Gould Corporation v Bath Street Capital (2021)
Acting for publicly listed Pyne Gould Corporation in a $22 million claim against Bath Street Capital relating to a financing dispute, which settled in 2021.
Energy Securities LP v Vector Limited (2019)
Defended the publicly listed utilities company Vector in a securities claim.
Ngāti Whātua Holdings Ltd v Jordan & Ors (2019)
Acted for the board of directors of a major fisheries company to successfully resist an injunction preventing the sale of a $90 million business.
Apia Construction & Engineering Ltd v Samoa National Provident Fund (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, 2017)
Acting with American attorneys for a New Zealand distributor in an international arbitration appeal held in California.
Chambers and Partners 2023 records that Jason is "one of the brightest talents", "super bright" and "outstanding", and that Jason's practice "embraces a significant body of financial services-related work and significant experience at High Court and Court of Appeal level" and that he is "articulate and persuasive, with an ability to argue forcefully when required".
Doyle's Guide 2022 names Jason as a leading New Zealand insolvency and restructuring barrister.