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Lawyers Network

Upper North Island

David Connor

David Connor practises as a barrister, arbitrator and mediator. His practice is focused on effective dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.


David has wide experience in commercial matters including claims or lawsuits concerning breach of contract; company and shareholder disputes; company, agri-business, and personal insolvency, copyright infringement; directors' duties; building and construction; insurance; intellectual property; judicial review; relationship property; estates and trusts, tax administration, and trade practices.



Advocacy Chambers Level 13
36 Kitchener Street

Ph: +64 9 336 0052
Fx: +64 9 929 3200
M: +64 21 2848 734

Matthew Alexander Muir QC

Matthew's practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation including insurance, company and shareholder disputes, franchise disputes, contract, tort and vendor/purchaser claims. He has extensive experience also in administrative law claims. Matthew has appeared in almost all New Zealand Courts and Tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council, Copyright Tribunal and Land Valuation Tribunal and have represented parties in over 40 significant mediations and arbitrations. As a holder of a private pilot’s licence for 15 years Matthew has an active interest in the aviation community and had  conducted the defence of numerous prosecutions under the Civil Aviation Act and Rules.


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Ground Floor
Fonterra Centre
9 Princes Street
Ph: +64 9 377 9869

Frank Porter

Frank is a senior partner in the Auckland office of Buddle Findlay, a national law firm.  He has practised in the aviation area for over 20 years.

Frank has represented airlines, insurers, aircraft manufacturers, export development agencies, banks and leasing companies on all matters in relation to aviation including regulatory compliance, cargo and passenger liability and financing and leasing.

The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers recognises Frank as a leading individual in the aviation area and has commented that "New Zealand is led by Buddle Findlay who can call on the "excellent" Frank Porter, the most highly nominated lawyer in the country...."

In 2010 Frank worked with the New Zealand Ministries of Transport and Economic Development on the legislative changes necessary to implement New Zealand's accession to the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol.

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Frank Porter  |  Partner  |  BUDDLE FINDLAY
PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, 188 Quay Street, PO Box 1433, Auckland 1140
Tel +64 9 358 2555
Direct +64 9 358 7016
Mobile +64 21 635 646
Fax +64 9 363 0716
Karl Stolberger

Karl Stolbergeris a partner atniche Auckland business law firm Lowndes Jordan. His practice includes both dispute resolution and transactional work.
Karl has a particular interest in the transport industryand advises on disputes and transactions inthe maritime and aviation sectors, including commercial litigation and insurance matters, aircraft and ship sale and purchase and financing transactions and on transport related regulatory and compliance issues. Most recently he has acted for one of the principal parties in relation to the “Rena” grounding and for a number of investors in a major commercial fraud case. He has a private pilot’s licence and is a member of the North Shore Aero Club.
Lowndes Jordan
Level 15
118 Quay Street
P: +64 9 309 2500
F: +64 9 309 1445
M: +64 21 515 313

Central North Island

Michael Grantham

With my wife, I am a Principal of Grantham Law, a Taupo based general practise firm that deals with commercial, conveyancing, employment, family and immigration law among other areas of law.
Not a pilot, my interest in aviation stems from being an air force baby, then working in the wide bodied aircraft maintenance sector in Australia, then entering into the legal profession and being employed as Corporate Counsel for a Pt 135 operator. As a result of this I have a genuine interest in the aviation sector.
Professionally I have over ten years experience in legal, compliance and quality matters associated with the aviation industry. Practically, this means Grantham Law has aviation expertise and is well placed to aviation related legal services such as the sale and purchase of aviation businesses; sale and purchase of aircraft; employing staff; immigration needs; CAA compliance; ground leases; supply contracts and most aviation issues in between.



Michael Grantham
Lawyer / Director
Grantham Law Limited
t/a Grantham Law

4 Starlight Arcade
PH 07 376 0014
Fax: 07 378 5137
Mob: 0275 339 273

Lower North Island

David Greenslade

David Greenslade began his career at Macalister Mazengarb in 1990, as a law clerk and then a solicitor in the firm’s Commercial Department, where he practised until 1994. During that time he worked on a number of major transactions for commercial and government clients of the firm. He left to travel overseas and worked in firms in London (principally on a major rail privatisation and in M&A generally), in the Middle East (on commercial and government matters generally) and has worked on infrastructure projects in India, the UK and Holland. He has a particular interest in negotiating and drafting the documentation required for ongoing commercial and financing arrangements, and has experience in doing this in a range of industry sectors.



PO Box 927, Wellington 6240
Ph: +64 4 472 5131
Fx: +64 4 473 3509
M: +64 21 718 781
Email: david.greensla

Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman first practised as a barrister in England and then as a solicitor and later a partner in the Wellington litigation practice of national law firm Buddle Findlay. 
Since 2005 he has practised as a barrister in Wellington. He has held a PPL since 1991 and a CPL since 1993 and is member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has owned outright or has had shares in a number of (mainly tail-dragger) aircraft.
His litigation experience covers a wide range of commercial and other civil disputes. In the aviation field he has advised on and acted in cases involving aircraft damage and losses; landing and biosecurity charges; regulatory disputes; and legal issues arising out of aircraft ownership and aircraft syndicate membership. He made submissions to the Parliamentary select committee on the Transport Accident Investigation Commission Amendment Bill resulting in changes in line with his suggestions.



Kawatea Chambers
L7, Civic Assurance House
114 Lambton Quay
PO Box5308
Ph: +64 4 915 2300
Fx: +64 4 915 2302
M: +64 21 648 551

South Island

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien has an Aviation Law specialty with a client base throughout New Zealand and overseas, and a general practise in

* Property Conveyancing
* Civil Litigation
* Employment
* Trusts

Persons seeking an experienced and committed lawyer for transactions within New Zealand will benefit from a personal and responsive service and direct accessibility across time zones.


PO Box 36444, Merivale, Christchurch
Ph: +64 3 365 4755
Fx: +64 3 365 4754
M: +64 21 345 767

Angela Beazer

Angela Beazer is the principal of AMC Legal Services Ltd, a law firm which specialises in civil aviation and public law matters.   Prior to setting up this practice in September 2010, Angela was employed as Senior Solicitor for the Civil Aviation Authority and has over five years of legal experience in the aviation sector.  Angela also has experience in civil and criminal litigation matters and has appeared in the District Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, and in aviation related Coroners hearings.  Angela now offers her expertise in aviation matters to the private sector, and can advise on and assist with CAA certification and licensing requirements, exemption applications, submissions on rule changes, CAA enforcement or administrative investigations, and regulatory disputes with the CAA.



Practice details:

Phone: +64 4 472 2707
Hours: 0830 -1800
Monday to Friday
Level 5 ,
5 Willeston Street,
Wellington 6011,
New Zealand