Philip Skelton QC is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation, employment law, shareholder disputes and public inquiries.
Philip Skelton KC is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation, employment law, shareholder disputes and public inquiries.
Philip is one of the leading class action lawyers in New Zealand. His interest in group litigation began in 2001 while he was a partner at Russell McVeagh when he acted for a plaintiff group to successfully pursue claims against various global pharmaceutical companies involved in a multi-national vitamin price fixing cartel.
Currently Philip is acting as Senior Counsel in relation to the:
Philip’s Inquiry experience includes:
Philip was admitted to the Bar in 1983 and commenced practice as a barrister sole in 2006 after 14 years as a Russell McVeagh partner. He was made a QC in 2013.
Philip’s litigation experience includes frequent appearances in the Employment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court.
CBL Corporation Limited (funded investor class action proceedings)
Acting as senior counsel for plaintiff group in an investor class action alleging failure to make proper disclosure, breaches of the Financial Market Conducts Act and misleading and deceptive conduct.
Redwood Group Limited v Queenstown Gateway (5M) Limited  NZHC 3439 (20 December 2018) Van Bohemen J
Acting as senior counsel for the defendants on instructions from Harmos Horton Lusk in relation to a joint venture shareholder dispute – resolving dispute at mediation following receipt of a favourable judgment from the High Court on various interlocutory applications.
Johnstone v Kinetic Employment Limited  NZEmpC 91
Acting for Kinetic to successfully defend challenge by Ms Johnstone to the jurisdiction of the Employment Relations Authority to issue summonses to search and review documentation on ex-employee’s computer system.
Independent Inquiry into the death of a University of Canterbury student (2019)
Acting as counsel assisting Justice Kit Toogood KC.