Jeremy joined Bankside in 2020, prior to this Jeremy practised at Wynn Williams.
Jeremy is an experienced litigator and dispute resolution specialist. He has expertise in commercial, insolvency, relationship property, equity and trust law. Jeremy can quickly grasp a legal situation and provide accurate, commercially realistic advice at short notice. He is frequently instructed to appear as counsel in the courts and before arbitral tribunals and he is recognised as a leading senior junior with considerable experience in leading multi-week trials against senior counsel. As part of his practice he also often undertakes discreet work for high profile individuals and families.
Jeremy was recognised as being a leader in his field by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019, and since joining the Bar he has been recognised by the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 and 2023 legal guides being ranked as Band 2 for 2023. He is recommended for his "outstanding service" with "the client-handling skills to make a top-class litigator". One client describes him as an "excellent strategic litigator and thinker. He is very responsive and well regarded by other practitioners, which makes negotiations more streamlined". Another client said he was “arguably the smartest lawyer with whom I have engaged”. Previous directories said that Jeremy is "in a league of his own", “an excellent young lawyer who has a sharp intellect, and is a good tactician and a very good communicator. His approach in court is courteous and disarming" while one impressed client enthused that he is "probably the most outstanding young lawyer I have ever met”.
Jeremy works on cases across New Zealand and in the wider Asia-Pacific Region. He is a member of Bankside Chambers in Singapore, and he is registered with the Singapore International Commercial Court.
Jeremy is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds a STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes, placing first in his global class. He was the youngest person to become a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand. He also received the Ronald Davison Award for excellence in arbitral award writing.
In addition Jeremy is a recognised leader in the community and has considerable governance experience.
Class action defence
Advising on a significant potential class action relating to alleged breaches of the Securities Act and Financial Markets Conduct Act arising from an IPO. The case is factually complex and of significant value.
Insolvent trust company application for directions
Acting for liquidators of a trustee company attempting to realise its assets for the benefit of creditors. The case involved multiple applications for directions and issues as to the interaction of company law and equity.
Complex relationship property
Acting for the husband in a significant relationship property dispute. The case involves multiple trusts and companies with considerable value as well as consideration of novel points of law.
Failed company claim
Acting as lead counsel in a significant claim involving a company that collapsed owing in excess of $30m involving application of the Securities Act and the Financial Markets Conduct Act involving a multi-week trial.
Acting as lead counsel for the shareholder of a substantial family-owned business in a shareholder dispute. The matter involve three separate proceedings and the intersection of trust and company law.
Acting as lead counsel for beneficiaries seeking the removal of trustees and an account of profits for acting in a position of conflict. The case has involved multiple hearings including one of New Zealand’s leading cases on Beddoes orders.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2023 – Barrister: "Jeremy is highly intellectual and can easily handle the most complex legal matters while also maintaining a wider strategic view of the case."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 – Barrister: Jeremy is active in a variety of areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. Noted by one interviewee for his "ability to analyse complex legal and factual situations quickly, excellent manner in court, and provision of clear, understandable advice to clients," he is singled out by another as "arguably the smartest lawyer with whom I have engaged."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 – Leading Individual: "A very good communicator and client-focused" by a client who goes on to add: "He has a very good depth of understanding of the law."
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 – Leading Individual: 'Clients describe him as "intellectually strong with very good emotional intelligence", which helps his clients make good decisions in the face of ambiguity'.
'Jeremy Johnson prepared extremely well for negotiations and mediations and left a leading QC in the shade. His reasonable and courteous approach was undoubtedly a factor in the successful resolution of the dispute. His strong intellect and street smarts helped navigate some difficult issues. His writing and advocacy skills are first class.’
‘Jeremy Johnson displays tact and courtesy to all involved and has outstanding advocacy skills. He is easily a match for the leading QC in the field and should be recognised as a leading practitioner in trusts and relationship property himself.’
‘Jeremy Johnson is patient, quietly determined and gives his clients a strong feeling that they are in a safe pair of hands. I cannot recommend him highly enough. In terms of overall value for money, his advice was worth every cent.’
'Jeremy Johnson has a high level of intelligence overlaid with commercial practicality, and he is very articulate.’
A recent Privy Council judgment on Equity Trust (Jersey) Ltd v Halabi  UKPC 36 considered fundamental trust law issues. Bankside Member Jeremy Johnson provides his expert analysis on The Board’s decision, breaking it down into four key issues.