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, arbitrations, equity and trust law.
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.
Jeremy can quickly grasp a legal situation and provide accurate and commercially realistic advice at short notice. He is frequently instructed to appear as counsel in the courts and before arbitral tribunals. In the past year he has appeared as senior counsel in more than half a dozen hearings and has also appeared as junior counsel with some of New Zealand’s leading barristers. As part of his practice he often undertakes discreet work for high profile individuals and families.
Since 2013 Jeremy has been ranked as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in the Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global directories. In 2017 Jeremy was awarded the 2017 NZ Law Awards Artemis Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year.
Prior to joining the bar Jeremy was a partner at Wynn Williams where he led the Dispute Resolution team for eight years and was the senior litigation partner by the time he left.
Outside of work Jeremy is active in the community. He serves as Deputy Legal Adviser to the Primates of New Zealand and Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu. He is a Fellow of Christ’s College, Canterbury, and Chair of the New Zealand String Quartet Trust.
Jeremy has offices in both Auckland and Christchurch and works on cases across New Zealand.
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 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.’
Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 – Leading Individual: He is recommended for his "outstanding service" with "the client-handling skills to make a top-class litigator.
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 – Leading Individual: 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 describes him as "extremely creative and goes the extra mile".
Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Leading Individual: “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."
Legal 500 2018 – Leading Individual: "In a league of his own"
Listing / Quote 7 Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 – Rising Star: One impressed client enthused that he is "probably the most outstanding young lawyer I have ever met”.
Court Supervision of Trusts – the Principles and the Practice. NZLS Trusts Conference June 2019
Who should pay, and when?  NZLJ 360.
Constructive Trusts: an update. NZLS Property Relationships Act Intensive June 2018
Beddoes Applications in Trustee/Beneficiary Disputes – Process and Principles, STEP New Zealand Conference June 2018
Keeping the farm in the family: issues in succession planning, NZLS Rural Law Conference 2017
Mediation of Trust Disputes: Risks for Trustees, STEP Australasian Conference March 2016
Construction Contracts Act: Trust Disputes, AMINZ 2016 Conference
Arbitration Clauses and the Summary Jurisdiction: the Supreme Court Speaks, NZLJ 82
Directors’ and Offices’ Policies,  NZLJ 126
Farewell to Hastings-Bass,  NZLJ 249
Trusts & Limitation: Untying the knot [J Johnson & J Halligan]. Institute of Judicial Studies, Senior Court Update October 2021
Trust Law and Tikanga: one eye of the needles but different threads. STEP New Zealand conference September 2021
Creditors, Beneficiaries and Trustees accessing the Trust Property - Plundering or Enforcement? [J Johnson & J Ormsby] NZLS Trusts Conference June 2021
Trusts Act 2019 - new opportunities for ADR in trust disputes. AMINZ conference February 2021