Richard Idoine

Senior Associate

+64 9 984 4231

+64 21 266 6254


Richard specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has a broad practice; though acts regularly on disputes involving insolvency, contractual, property, trusts, and company law dimensions. Richard complements his technical proficiency with an unwavering commitment to achieving his client’s objectives.

Richard’s clients include companies of all shapes and sizes, insolvency practitioners, and high net worth individuals. His time working as in-house counsel for one of New Zealand’s largest universities instilled an appreciation for commercial realities, as well as giving him experience working within a complex regulatory environment.

Richard has a reputation for bringing an analytical and measured approach to resolving complex problems.

Key Transactions

Acted for:

  • Liquidators of a finance company in respect of a seminal case on voidable transactions that was determined by the Supreme Court: Robt Jones Holdings Ltd v McCullagh [2019] 1 NZLR 641.
  • A trustee in a dispute about ownership of trust assets.
  • A large development company in relation to a contractual dispute with a financier.
  • A large multi-national FMCG company in relation to a cross-border dispute with a licensee.
  • Liquidators of a construction company in relation to a director's duty claim.
  • A high net worth businessman in relation to the imposition of sanctions in New Zealand and abroad.
  • One of New Zealand's largest wine-making companies in respect of a lease dispute.
  • The executor of a high net worth estate in a contentious administration.
  • A financial service provider in relation to a complaint made by a customer under an external dispute resolution scheme.


Rising Star 2023, NZ Lawyer


Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Auckland

NZLS Litigation Skills Programme

Admission to the Bar

Auckland, 2017

Professional Memberships

Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand Incorporated, Member

New Zealand Credit and Finance Institute, Member

New Zealand Law Society

Auckland District Law Society

Contributed Articles

  • Mainzeal – Supreme Court recognises two “new” causes of action for creditors

    The Supreme Court recently released its decision in relation to the long-running directors’ duty case, Yan v Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited (in liquidation) [2023] NZSC 113 (Mainzeal). In the wake of the release, there have been a flurry of articles and hot-takes from journalists and legal commentators that canvass the main factual and legal […]

  • The ‘Clean Slate’ Act – What you need to know

    Like many millennials, the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 (Act) remains widely misunderstood. It seems that people either grossly exaggerate its power and scope, or reduce its operation to a twink pen for drink driving convictions. Misconceptions about the Act have made both reliance and compliance a fraught process. This article attempts to clear […]