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Laura has over 23 years of experience in a broad range of general commercial litigation, including specialist expertise in insolvency matters, judicial review and statutory appeals, Fair Trading and Commerce Act claims, media law, cross-border issues and contractual disputes. Appearing regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, her litigation skills have been recognised by her leading lawyer ranking in numerous international directories.

Education

  • BCom / LLB (Hons) – University of Auckland, 1996
  • LLM – University of Cambridge, 1999

Bio

Laura has over 23 years of experience in a broad range of general commercial litigation, including specialist expertise in insolvency matters, judicial review and statutory appeals, Fair Trading and Commerce Act claims, media law, cross-border issues and contractual disputes. Appearing regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, her litigation skills have been recognised by her leading lawyer ranking in numerous international directories.

Laura takes a pragmatic approach to resolving disputes where possible. She acts for clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediations, expert determinations and arbitrations.


Throughout her career Laura has maintained a special interest in technology, being an early adopter of tools to make litigation more efficient and effective. Over the years she has been actively involved in law society matters (including as a council member for ADLS and NZLS). She has served on the Rules Committee since 2013.

Work Highlights

Zespri Group Limited v Gao [2020] NZHC 109; [2020] NZHC 681

Acting for Zespri to obtain a damages award of almost $15 million, for breaches of the Plant Variety Rights Act and contractual obligations. Involving complex issues of jurisdiction and extra-territoriality, this has been appealed to the Court of Appeal.


Milk New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Ltd v Miraka Limited [2019] NZHC 2713; [2020] NZHC 697; [2020] NZCA 442

Acting for the successful party in an arbitration and subsequent High Court appeal, involving significant damages awarded for breaches of minimum volume obligations in a supply contract.

Commerce Commission v Aurora Energy Limited [2020] NZHC 610

Acting for the Commerce Commission to obtain a penalty for contraventions of quality standards imposed under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986.


Re General Electric International Inc [2018] NZHC 3368

Acting in a successful appeal of a decision by the New Zealand Registrar of Companies, about an exemption from filing audited financial statements.


Sky Network Television Ltd v My Box NZ Ltd [2018] NZHC 2768, (2018) 136 IPR 341

Obtaining summary judgment under the Fair Trading Act about the illegality of pre-loaded Kodi boxes.

What Others Say

The Best Lawyers™ in New Zealand, Arbitration and Mediation - Recommended; Corporate Law - Recommended; Insolvency and Reorganisation Law - Recommended; Litigation - Recommended, 2021


Doyle's Guide, Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Barristers - Leading Junior Counsel, 2020


Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution Band 1, “She is an excellent presenter in court who brings to bear an intellectual view and overlays it with the commercial objectives of the client, and remains focused on finding the right outcome through the court process” 2019


Legal 500, Dispute Resolution - Leading Individual, “picks up technical and industry-specific matters very quickly” 2019


AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, Dispute Resolution & Litigation; Restructuring & Insolvency - Leading Lawyer, 2019

Publications

  • The Hon Justice Miller, The Hon Justice Jagose, Bronwyn McKinlay and Laura O'Gorman “Civil Electronic Casebooks - Senior Courts” (New Zealand Law Society Seminar, October 2019)

  • Laura O'Gorman and Jonathan Schwarcz, New Zealand Chapter in International Execution against Judgment Debtors (looseleaf ed, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, New York)

  • Laura O'Gorman "Chasing Debtors: Service and Cross-Border Issues", in Legalwise Conference "3 Major Developments: Mainzeal Case and Directors, Insolvency Legislation, Cross-Border Recovery" (20 September 2019)

  • Laura O'Gorman and Anita Birkinshaw "Variation of Contracts" in Legalwise Conference "Contract Law: Changes, Default and Disputes" (8 March 2019)

Memberships

  • Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • RITANZ (Restructuring & Turnaround Association New Zealand Incorporated)