Eddie specialises in Civil and Commercial Litigation, has been practicing for over 20 years and joined Franklin Law in 2016. Prior to joining Franklin Law he was a junior barrister at Shortland Chambers in Auckland and has also practiced in the Far North.

With considerable experience in all aspects of Civil and Commercial disputes and litigation. His pragmatic and client focussed approach is an asset to resolving disputes and conflict. He has experience in mediations, arbitrations, and alternative disputes resolution.

Eddie assists clients in handling disputes in relation to contracts, building issues (including leaky homes), employment matters representing both employers and employees and property and intellectual property issues. He has expertise in Māori business, advising Iwi, organisations and corporations.

Eddie has broad experience representing clients at all levels of courts.

Professional Highlights

Eddie has appeared over the years in all levels of Courts and specialist Tribunals. Examples of cases on which Eddie has acted include:

  • Removing a trustee and vesting residential property under the Trusts Act 2019 – Taylor (as trustees of Taylor Family Trust) v Taylor [2021] NZHC 992
  • Extinguishing a covenant over a property in Sunnyhills to allow a development to take place – Chiang & Ors v Chan & Ors – (CIV-2020-404-2432, High Court Auckland, May 2021)
  • A restraint of trade matter involving contractors and an alleged breach in which the plaintiff sought further discovery of documents – Haven Insurance Ltd v Lombard [2018] NZHC 2421
  • Striking out parts of a claim made by a franchisee against a franchisor – Peck v Grasshopper Lawnmowing Services Ltd [2018] NZHC 2615
  • Claim against adviser in negligence: Gilding v de Boer (HC Whangarei CIV-2010-488-000054, 1 July 2011)
  • Winding up a charitable trust – Bay Foundation, Re [2010] NZAR 485
  • Application for further and better discovery - European Stone Surfaces Ltd v Italian Surfaces NZ Ltd (2006) 18 PRNZ 165

Junior counsel in the following important reported decisions:

  • Sale of land in which the Supreme Court considered, among other things, whether the cheque paid by the appellant was legal tender: Otago Station Estates Ltd v Parker (2004) 5 NZ ConvC 193,996; (2004) 11 TCLR 188; [2005] 2 NZLR 311; [2004] BCL 623
  • Liquidation and voidable transaction considered by the Court of Appeal: Harte v Wood [2004] 1 NZLR 526; [2004] BCL 97; (2003) 9 NZCLC 263,439; (2004) 9 NZCLC 263,439
  • Application for declarations under (NZ) Te Ture Whenua Maori Act (Act) 1993 regarding the development of land and issue of unit titles to purchasers of residential and commercial units - Proprietors of Hiruharama Ponui Block Inc v Attorney-General [2003] 2 NZLR 478