Company Law

 John Land has experience in all aspects of company law, including shareholder disputes, claims of oppression by shareholders, breaches of directors’ duties, directors' liability insurance, and the enforcement of rights and remedies arising under the Companies Act 1993.

In 2015 John was appointed a Teaching Fellow by the Law School at Auckland University. He has taught the Law School's undergraduate company law course (LawComm402/ LawComm464) on 11 occasions, and a postgraduate (LLM/MLS) course on one occasion. 

In 2017 John presented the NZLS Company Law Update roadshow seminar (in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and by webinar) and in June 2020 presented a further NZLS Company Law Update seminar by webinar. In November 2021 he presented an ADLS seminar Directors, Shareholders, Creditors and the Sequana Balancing Act.

The field of Securities Law includes claims involving the regulation of the offering of securities to the public, compliance with relevant disclosure requirements, and enforcement action by the Financial Markets Authority.  In 2013, John was a presenter of the New Zealand Bar Association seminar "Commerce and the Regulators" on the topic of the reforms now introduced in the Financial Markets Conduct Act, and the new enforcement remedies under that Act.

Recent publications in the field of company law include the following:
  • Company Contracting in New Zealand after Autumn Tree (2018) 24 NZBLQ 311
  • Fair Value of Minority Shares in a Closely Held Company (2018) 24 NZBLQ 289
  • The Autumn Tree appeal - The Court of Appeal clarifies important principles of company contracting, Law Talk 921, September 2018
  • Autumn Tree - The dangers of assuming you can safely contract with a single director, Law Talk 920, August 2018
  • "Informal unanimous shareholder assent doctrine on way out" Law Talk 891, July 2016


‘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