Richard Smedley



Partner


richard.smedley@ah.co.nz

+64 3 364 3825

+64 21 190 3342

Christchurch

Richard took several years out from his university studies to travel the world finding work in a variety of fields. This experience brings him a wealth of first-hand knowledge and understanding from the non-legal world to help clients achieve practical and commercial resolution of disputes. He is also able to communicate with and understand people from all walks of life.

His legal experience covers all aspects of civil litigation including representing clients in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, various tribunals, royal commissions and appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

His areas of expertise include commercial debt collection, commercial litigation, insolvency, relationship property, construction law, private international law, the Fair Trading Act, estate litigation and protection of personal and property rights matters.


Key Transactions

Advised:

  • A large commercial printer on contractual disputes and commercial debt collection.
  • For Holcim New Zealand Limited on contractual disputes and commercial debt collection.
  • Parties in relation to contracts using the New Zealand standard forms: NZS3910, NZS3915 and NZIA for construction and civil works.
  • Extensively on the Construction Contracts Act 2002 including Payment Claim and Payment Schedule documentation and representing parties at adjudications.

Acted for:

  • A large commercial printer on contractual disputes and commercial debt collection.
  • New Zealand Windfarms Limited in a contractual dispute lasting nine years.
  • And against liquidators and receivers.
  • Banks in a wide range of commercial disputes.
  • Leading a New Zealand retailer in a prosecution by the Commerce Commission under the Fair Trading Act.
  • A Middle Eastern Bank to enforce a judgment obtained in Bahrain.
  • Holcim New Zealand Limited on contractual disputes and commercial debt collection.


Directories

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer, 2017-2019


Credentials

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Canterbury


Admission to the Bar

New Zealand, 1999


Professional Memberships

New Zealand Law Society, Construction Law, Member


Directorships and Trusteeships

New Zealand Law Society Litigation Committee, Canterbury Westland Branch, Convener