Competition Law

John Land has in-depth specialist competition law expertise and experience having acted as counsel in a number of major New Zealand competition law cases and having provided competition law advice for over 25 years.

Competition law has as its central purpose the promotion of competition between market competitors.  It encompasses legal issues arising under the  Commerce Act 1986 and Fair Trading Act 1986, primarily in relation to anti-competitive trade practices, mergers and business acquisitions, economic regulation governing regulated industries and allegations of misleading or deceptive business conduct.

Potential anti-competitive business practices upon which John Land is commonly asked to give advice include the refusal or termination of supply, exclusive dealing and access terms and pricing, product bundling and predatory pricing. He also commonly provides advice on the competition law implications of contractual arrangements such as distribution arrangements, franchises and joint ventures.

In addition to providing advice and representation on all matters discussed above, John Land's experience also includes assisting companies and individuals (including company officers needing separate representation) with representation in Commerce Commission investigations, and seeking and obtaining immunity for anti-competitive conduct under the Commerce Commission's leniency policy.

He has also represented clients in applications to the Commerce Commission for clearance or authorization for mergers or business acquisitions or authorization of restrictive trade practices, and acted as counsel in relation to appeals against Commerce Commission decisions.

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 often works as counsel alongside leading economic experts as economic principles underpin competition law. John has had extensive experience in working with and briefing competition economists, and in 2011 attended a 5 day Melbourne University course on economics for competition lawyers.

He is a leading writer and presenter on the topic of competition law and was an author and presenter of the 2012 New Zealand Law Society seminar "Competition Law- The Must Knows"



‘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