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Jeffrey Lai

Director

Jeffrey is a founding partner and the Managing Director of Anderson Creagh Lai. He provides sound,...

Jeffrey is a founding partner and the Managing Director of Anderson Creagh Lai. He provides sound, pragmatic legal and general commercial advice to a wide range of clients, particularly in mid-market and high growth New Zealand companies in various industry sectors. Jeffrey specialises in corporate structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, investment funding, domestic and international business expansion, and contractual arrangements. Jeffrey also has a technology sector focus, particularly in major technology project development, implementation and integration, IT services outsourcing, and commercialisation of science and technology. Jeffrey holds an LLB (Hons) and BCom from the University of Auckland.

P. +64 9 306 5790 M. +64 21 625 318 E. Jeffrey.Lai@acllaw.co.nz
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Phil Creagh

Director

Phil is a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai, and senior partner and chairman of the firm. Phi...

Phil is a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai, and senior partner and chairman of the firm. Phil’s practice areas are wide ranging and include dispute resolution and civil litigation, corporate and commercial advice, and specialist commercial property work. Phil’s main focus is on providing the strategic focus and oversight of significant commercial and contract related disputes, frequently working with the separate bar. Phil has had significant recent experience as instructing solicitor in large commercial property disputes, the local authority powers and regulatory area, a significant minority shareholder oppression action, the leading NZ property relationship/trust case and in many other corporate and commercial causes. In addition to his litigation practice, Phil continues to advise corporate and commercial, and occasionally property, clients on their needs. Outside the law Phil has a number of private family business interests, and has had governance experience, serving on the managing board of a leading Australasian law firm for six years before co-establishing Anderson Creagh Lai, serving as a director for a number of valued personal clients, and serving as an officer and trustee of a number of voluntary organisations. Phil also provides pro-bono assistance and advice to a number of organisations.

P. +64 9 306 5791 M. +64 21 905 866 E. Phil.Creagh@acllaw.co.nz
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Significant Cases

Hudson Bay Holdings Limited v Waitakere Properties (High Court). A successful action compelling performance of a put option exercised by Sovereign Yachts operating company on Auckland Council. Council appealed, but then settled on more favourable terms than the original judgement as a result of other litigation strategies that were deployed.

The Clayton v Clayton cases culminating with Clayton v Clayton [2016] NZSC 29. This the well-known, defining trust law case which I took over in the Court of Appeal and for the final Supreme Court appeal on a reverse brief from Lady Deborah Chambers QC. Clayton was settled prior to the issue of the Supreme Court judgment.

Sturgess and Ors. v Dunphy and Ors [2014] NZCA 266 and Jet Trustees v Dunphy and Ors [2014] NZSC 140. This is the series of Greymouth Petroleum cases up to the Court of Appeal. This is the most recent leading minority shareholder oppression case in the higher courts, and I was reverse briefed by Philip Skelton QC and (now) Mark Corlett QC.

Zespri lntemational Limited v Yu, an Employment Court case but one with significant ramifications for my client Mr Yu, a former Zespri employee who was imprisoned in China (reverse briefed by Philip Skelton QC).

The series of Kim Dotcom cases, which are too numerous to individually list. I have been instructing solicitor and closely involved since 2014 on all Dotcom litigation matters up to the recent Supreme Court extradition hearing.

Gulf Harbour Marina Limited & Ors v Auckland Council & Minister of Conservation CIV-2010-404-003283. This was the marina seabed licence fees case where I acted for a group of RMA consented marinas in challenging Council's entitlement to charge seabed licence fees, engaging Stephen Mills QC. The case successfully settled at Council's request.

Kawerau Village Holdings Limited and Anr v Ho Kok Sun and Ors [2017] NZSC 150. This is the long running Kawerau Falls Station case which I initiated and ran to the Supreme Court for a large group of offshore investors initially with Philip Skelton QC, and then on appeal with Stephen Mills QC and (now) Andrew Barker QC.

Trends Publishing International Limited v Advicewise People Limited & Ors [2018] NZSC 62. An unsuccessful Supreme Court appeal against the striking down of a creditor compromise arrangement, but a decision which has clarified an important aspect of creditor law relating to the recognition of classes of creditors.

Trends Publishing International Limited v Callaghan Innovation [2019] NZHC 907, a recent and unsuccessful High Court action lead by Mark Corlett QC centring on the terms of Callaghan's funding grant to Trends, and Trends' compliance or otherwise with those terms.

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Gregory Shanahan

Director

In practice since 1970 Gregory founded Shanahan Partners and has been a partner in Russell McVeagh a...

In practice since 1970 Gregory founded Shanahan Partners and has been a partner in Russell McVeagh and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Throughout his career in the law Gregory has specialised in commercial property law. Gregory has provided specialist commercial property-real estate advice to a wide range of New Zealand and Australian corporations, institutions and private companies and overseas clients investing in New Zealand. Structuring of tenure, risk, and governance and finance issues has been at the core of this work. While acting for Ports of Auckland Limited, Gregory advised on the strategy and structuring for and the implementation of the separation of the port operating businesses of the Port company from its non-port operating businesses, which were varied and substantial, long term value-adding businesses. Gregory has done work for the Catholic Church throughout New Zealand, advises a large number of public and private charities including some established by the New Zealand Government.

P. +64 9 306 5883 M. +64 21 943 979 E. Gregory.Shanahan@acllaw.co.nz
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Charly Thorpe

Special Counsel

Charly first joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2009 and returned in 2016 as a senior associate in the co...

Charly first joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2009 and returned in 2016 as a senior associate in the corporate / commercial practice after a period practising in London and made Special Counsel in 2018. Charly specialises in mergers and acquisitions, company formation and restructuring, shareholder issues and protections, financial products advice and general corporate transaction and advisory work. Charly also has a technology sector focus, particularly in major technology project development, implementation and integration, IT services outsourcing, software commercialisation and data migration.

P. +64 9 306 5881 M. +64 21 134 9962 E. Charly.Thorpe@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Chambers

Special Counsel

Paul joined Anderson Creagh Lai in April 2014 after having worked for the Treasury Solicitor in the...

Paul joined Anderson Creagh Lai in April 2014 after having worked for the Treasury Solicitor in the UK, and prior to that in Auckland at two boutique legal practices and EY as a tax consultant. Paul’s practice comprises all areas of property law with a particular focus on the conveyancing and leasing of commercial property as well as acting for a number of residential and retirement village developers. Paul also provides private client advice, including the structuring of property ownership through trust and corporate structures.

P. +64 9 306 5797 M. +64 21 996 455 E. Paul.Chambers@acllaw.co.nz
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Grant Sidnam

Special Counsel

Grant joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019. He specialises in litigation, tax and charities law and i...

Grant joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019. He specialises in litigation, tax and charities law and is in the process of finalising a book on charities law. He has also lectured in the Master of Taxation Studies degree at the University of Auckland and in the Bachelor of Laws programme at AUT.

P. +64 9 306 5798 M. +64 21 224 8048 E. grant.sidnam@acllaw.co.nz
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Edward Fox

Associate

Edward joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019 as an Associate in the litigation team, after returning to...

Edward joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019 as an Associate in the litigation team, after returning to practice in Auckland following time spent in London. Edward provides advice and appears on behalf of clients in a range of litigation matters, including general commercial and civil disputes. He holds a BA and LLB (Hons) and was admitted in 2012.

P. +64 9 306 5799 E. Edward.Fox@acllaw.co.nz
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Ivan Dorofeev

Solicitor

Ivan joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019 from his role as an associate in a mid-sized law firm. He w...

Ivan joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019 from his role as an associate in a mid-sized law firm. He was admitted to the bar in 2015 after gaining an LLB from the University of Auckland. He is fluent in Russian. Ivan works primarily in the corporate/commercial team. He also has an interest in emerging technology and is eager to assist Anderson Creagh Lai’s clients in their upcoming ventures.

P. +64 9 306 5887 E. ivan.dorofeev@acllaw.co.nz
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Holly Lawson

Solicitor

Holly completed her LLB (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology in 2016. She joined Anderson Cre...

Holly completed her LLB (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology in 2016. She joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2017 and works in the dispute resolution team. Holly has worked on a range of litigation matters, including general commercial and civil disputes.

P. +64 9 306 5897 E. Holly.Lawson@acllaw.co.nz
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Bridget Lockhart

Solicitor

Bridget joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2018, having obtained her LLB/BA conjoint degree from...

Bridget joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2018, having obtained her LLB/BA conjoint degree from Victoria University of Wellington. She works in both the property and corporate/commercial teams, assisting on commercial transactions and the conveyancing and leasing of commercial property.

P. +64 9 306 5898 E. bridget.lockhart@acllaw.co.nz
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Arthur Crawford

Solicitor

Arthur joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2019, having recently obtained a LLB from the Universit...

Arthur joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2019, having recently obtained a LLB from the University of Otago. He works in the corporate/commercial team.

P. +64 9 306 5888 E. arthur.crawford@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Money

Legal Executive

With 19 years of experience working at Land Information New Zealand and 6 years previously at one of...

With 19 years of experience working at Land Information New Zealand and 6 years previously at one of New Zealand’s largest law firms, Paul is uniquely capable of managing subdivision projects and attending to complicated conveyancing matters.

P. +64 9 306 5885 E. Paul.Money@acllaw.co.nz
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Kevin Hall

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2018 as CEO. A chartered accountant by profession, he brings e...

Kevin joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2018 as CEO. A chartered accountant by profession, he brings extensive experience in law firm management from previous roles both in New Zealand and more recently internationally. Kevin is responsible for all firm operations and will be a first point of contact for clients in regard to any questions or issues concerning the firm. Outside of ACL, Kevin enjoys a wide range of activities, travelling and socialising with his wife Arlene, golf, cycling, fishing, and diving among them. Kevin is a Grandfather to twin 4 year old boys all of which keeps him happily occupied. Please contact Kevin regarding all matters to do with the firm.

P. +64 9 306 5892 E. Kevin.Hall@acllaw.co.nz
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Stephen Anderson

Consultant (Non-Lawyer)

Stephen was a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai. During his long successful career as a lawyer...

Stephen was a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai. During his long successful career as a lawyer, he acted at various times for clients in a range of industries including gas, electricity, glass, airlines, insurance, health, superannuation, stockbroking, salt, magazine publishing, pharmaceuticals, meat and hides, manufacturing, retail, professional engineering, telecoms, IT, liquor and entertainment. Stephen was listed in the 2000 edition of Chambers Global – the World’s Leading Lawyers – 2000-2001 as one of the leading individual lawyers in New Zealand in the company/commercial/M&A category. Stephen holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Stephen retired from the legal practice on 20 June 2018. He remains a non-lawyer consultant of the firm, assisting with matters that are not regulated legal services.

P. +64 9 306 5792 M. +64 21 312 311 E. Stephen.Anderson@acllaw.co.nz
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Elaine Webb

Office Manager

Elaine Webb has been with Anderson Creagh Lai as its office manager since its inception in 2006. She...

Elaine Webb has been with Anderson Creagh Lai as its office manager since its inception in 2006. She has had a lengthy career in the legal industry and works tirelessly to ensure that the firm's administration needs are met.

P. +64 9 306 5793 E. Elaine.Webb@acllaw.co.nz
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Jacqui McLeod

Legal Support

Jacqui has been involved with Anderson Creagh Lai as a contractor since its early days and in 2016 c...

Jacqui has been involved with Anderson Creagh Lai as a contractor since its early days and in 2016 came on board full-time to provide support directly to our legal team. Jacqui has spent her career working with legal service providers and brings extensive law firm administrative experience to the team.

P. + 64 9 306 5886 E. Jacqui.McLeod@acllaw.co.nz
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Mary Gee

Receptionist

Mary joined Anderson Creagh Lai in early 2017 as our Receptionist. Mary has a career in reception an...

Mary joined Anderson Creagh Lai in early 2017 as our Receptionist. Mary has a career in reception and administration related roles and she brings a professional and cheerful first impression to anyone visiting our office.

P. + 64 9 306 5882 E. Mary.Gee@acllaw.co.nz
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