Sarah has extensive experience of commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
She advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including contractual and statutory interpretation, tort and equity based claims, insurance, regulatory and contentious public law issues. Sarah advises clients throughout the litigation strategy phase through to representing them in court, appearing in all New Zealand courts right up to the Supreme Court.
Sarah trained and qualified in the United Kingdom before being admitted as a lawyer in New Zealand. She joined Chapman Tripp in 2015 after spending five years as a commercial litigator at an international law firm in London.
- appeared as junior counsel in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court for Wellington Airport in its defence of the application for judicial review (of Civil Aviation Authority approval of its proposed runway extension) brought by the New Zealand Airline Pilots’ Association
- provided a wide range of advice to clients on contractual issues, focused on identifying issues at an early stage and providing commercially pragmatic and strategic guidance
- advised a lender on potential breaches of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003, and
- advised the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in relation to various issues arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.