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Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon



  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Finance

WSG Practice Industries


Richard is a highly experienced civil and commercial litigator. In addition to his expertise in the resolution of commercial disputes, he has a particular background and experience in banking and securities law and insolvency. Richard has appeared as counsel in a large number of defended hearings in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. As a member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts Band 1 Insolvency team, he is a well-known and trusted advisor to trading banks and key New Zealand insolvency practitioners.

Richard has acted on some of the most significant corporate insolvency cases in recent years, including for the receivers appointed to Capital + Merchant Finance, and for the Crown (Secretary to the Treasury) for various disputes arising out of the collapse of South Canterbury Finance and the wider Crown Deposit Guarantee Scheme (including pursuit of recovery of transferred assets from the Hubbard family). A particular niche insolvency expertise of his is advising on voidable transaction claims, where amongst many other cases Richard has been counsel in two of the most significant precedent-setting Court decisions of recent time – Timberworld v Levin and Sanson v Ebert Construction.

Other decided commercial cases Richard has argued include for breach of contract, professional negligence, Fair Trading Act and Companies Act actions, and a broad spread of general property and insurance disputes. For examples see Sinclair v New Zealand Racing Board, Svitzer Salvage v Z Energy Limited, New Zealand Institute of Sport v Majestic Investments, Hydro Developments v Coll and Tiroa E and Te Hape B trusts litigation (the Crafar farms/OIO judicial review proceeding).

Richard also acted for the Ministry of Education in successfully pursing its $200 million insurance claim for school buildings damaged by the Canterbury Earthquakes.

Being a litigator is about more than arguing the legal issues and Richard prides himself on his ability to build meaningful business relationships with his clients, and his reputation for providing pragmatic and results-focused advice.


LLM (Hons) University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Banking | Commercial Litigation | Corporate Litigation | Finance | Insolvency | Insurance | Litigation | Regulatory | Securities

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member RITANZ (Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand)

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