Commercial Litigation

John Land is known as a leading barrister in commercial litigation matters. He acts across a wide range of commercial and civil disputes, including claims against directors, disputes involving joint ventures, companies and partnerships, franchise litigation, and major contractual, Commerce Act, Fair Trading and regulatory disputes.

John Land has a particular reputation for leading and managing high value, complex commercial disputes.  Clients value his strategic and forensic skills, project management skills and advocacy. Relevant client testimonials can be found here.

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,  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, and major Commerce Act  litigation for a group of retailers against Visa, MasterCard and the major trading banks which resulted in a settlement just prior to trial.


‘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