Crispin Vinnell


+64 3 364 3814

+64 21 352 454


Crispin Vinnell advises a wide range of clients, including banks, finance companies, chartered accountants, insolvency practitioners, receivers, liquidators, administrators and the Official Assignee on all facets of insolvency and recovery matters.

This includes Court action at all levels, mortgagee sales, recovery of collateral under the Personal Property Securities Act and advice to receivers and liquidators. Crispin has a particular expertise in personal insolvency.

He is ranked in the 2017 – 2024 Chambers and Partners Directories and is particularly noted for his combination of insolvency and banking-related issues, one source describing him as “very experienced in financial matters,” and he regularly acts on behalf of leading New Zealand banks and prominent international financial service providers.

Key Transactions


  • On a bank and receivers in recovery of multi-million dollar debt owed by a corporate dairy farm.
  • On a High Court litigation involving a major bank and a PPSR dispute in the equipment finance industry
  • On a complex litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal relating to a finance company, a failed subdivision and mortgage priority and caveat issues.
  • For Kiwibank Limited on the mortgagee sale of a commercial premises, followed by the sale of contracting equipment under the Bank's General Security Agreement.


  • Chambers and Partners, Restructuring/Insolvency, Ranked, 2017-2024
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency, Leading Individual 2016-2024
  • IFLR1000, Restructuring and Insolvency, Highly Regarded 2022-2023
  • Business Today Top 10 Most Influential Restructuring/Insolvency Lawyers in New Zealand 2023
  • New Zealand Doyle's Guide, Insolvency and Restructuring, Leading Lawyer 2021-2022


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Canterbury

Admission to the Bar

  • New Zealand, 1994

Professional Memberships

  • Insolvency Working Group, Member
  • RITANZ (Restructuring & Insolvency Turnaround Association of New Zealand), Vice-Chair of the Board
  • New Zealand Credit and Finance Institute, Member
  • Banking and Finance Law Association, Member
  • INSOL New Zealand, Member

Contributed Articles

  • The ability to enforce following lease and mortgage defaults

    On 15 April, the Government announced further temporary changes to legislation giving some relief to commercial tenants and mortgagors. Particularly, changes to current legislation were introduced extending the timeframes that tenants and mortgagors have to pay arrears owing to their landlord or Bank. Commercial tenants In the case of commercial tenants, rent must now be […]