Smith and Partners are well known for our expertise in the court room. Our outstanding track record has served our clients well over many years.

Nobody likes to enter into court proceedings, they are time consuming not to mention expensive. Sometimes there is no other option, but at Smith and Partners we would rather manage delicate matters through arbitration and mediation. Our team of lawyers are qualified in mediation and can help you prepare for any circumstances in which mediation is required. Resolve your disputes out of court and save time and money.


Dispute resolution & going to Court

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Disputes Tribunal
  • District Court
  • High Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court
  • Specialists Courts – Employment, Family
  • Specialist tribunals – Town planning, weather-tight homes

Commercial Disputes and Litigation

  • Employment disputes
  • Shareholder, director and partnership disputes
  • Enforcement of contracts (i.e leases/commercial agreements)
  • Commercial disputes
  • Enforcement of IP
  • Defence of liquidation proceedings

Debt Collection

  • Issuing statutory demands
  • Preparation of liquidation & bankruptcy proceedings
  • Advising on insolvency issues
  • Enforcement action against debtors
  • Disputing debt collection
  • Dispute resolution & negotiating settlements


  • Construction problems
  • Development delays
  • Contractor disputes
  • Building contract disputes
  • Arbitration

Property Disputes & Leaky Buildings/Weathertight

  • Insurance claims
  • Neighbour and local authority/council disputes
  • Commercial building leaks
  • Residential water penetration
  • Leaky Buildings/Weathertight levies, meetings and rules
  • Leaky Buildings/Weathertight redevelopments
  • Leaky Buildings/Weathertight insurance claims
  • Negligence, conversion and bailment actions

Family & Estates

  • Divorce and separation
  • Custody disputes
  • Domestic violence
  • Estate litigation


  • DIA
  • Traffic
  • Limited licence


Litigation EXPERTS
Carolyn RansonHead
Carolyn Ranson
Senior Associate
p. +64 9 837 6891
Wendy AlexanderHead
Wendy Alexander
Legal Executives
p. +64 9 837 6844
Ellen HarbidgeHead
Ellen Harbidge
p. +64 9 837 6890


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