John is a senior commercial litigation barrister and competition law specialist at Bankside Chambers in Auckland.

He was formerly with national law firm Kensington Swan for 26 years, including 20 years as a partner.

John Land has a particular reputation for leading and managing high value, complex commercial disputes. Examples of John's successful management of large scale complex litigation include the major franchising litigation for Dymocks Booksellers in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council in which Dymocks was entirely successful, and major patent litigation for Eli Lilly resulting in the successful revocation of a competitor’s patent for the use of chemical compounds for medical purposes. For further detail see here.

John has a leading profile in the field of competition law. He has been senior counsel in a number of major competition law cases including:
  • For the plaintiff retailers (including Foodstuffs, Woolworths (Countdown), Farmers, Noel Leeming, Dick Smith Electronics and Whitcoulls) in the major credit card interchange fees case against Visa, MasterCard and the major trading banks
  • For Gullivers Pacific in the High Court opposing the application by Qantas and Air New Zealand for authorisation of their airline alliance
  • For the New Zealand Rugby Union in the High Court proceedings relating to authorisation of their player transfer regulations
  • For a major airline in defending the air cargo cartel case brought by the Commerce Commission.
Competition and regulatory matters in which John has been involved cover a large number of industries including telecommunications, electricity transmission and distribution, ports, airlines, credit cards, manufacturing, sporting bodies and professional associations.

John is a prolific writer and presenter on competition law issues. For detail see here.

In 2012 John was a presenter of the New Zealand Law Society  roadshow seminar on competition law, ‘Competition Law- The Must Knows”.

John has particular expertise and experience in working with and briefing competition economists.

In 2015 John was appointed a Visiting Fellow in the Law School at Auckland University and has taught the Law School's company law course in both 2016 (semester 1) and 2017-2019 (semesters 1 and 2).


‘John has assisted me with a number of complex legal matters. He not only demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of law but also a wider understanding of the commercial and reputational considerations that need to be taken into account in successfully resolving disputes.'

Richard McIntosh, General Counsel, AIA New Zealand


  • Acting as senior counsel for a group of major New Zealand retailers
  • Acting as counsel for Dymocks in major litigation on the termination of franchise agreements
  • Acting as counsel for New Zealand Rugby Union




Phone. +64 9 379 1513
Mobile:  +64 21 641 675
Email. john.land@bankside.co.nz
09 379 1513