Emma Peart Emma Peart

Emma Peart

Senior Associate

Litigation & dispute resolution

Emma is a commercial litigation and arbitration lawyer with a particular focus on advising and representing clients in banking and financial services matters.

She advises and represents public and private sector clients on complex commercial and regulatory matters and disputes, with specific expertise in the banking and financial services sectors.  Emma is experienced in representing clients in court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration.  She is also part of our leading international law team and is experienced in international and cross-border proceedings.

Emma advises a broad range of clients on the implications of key commercial and regulatory legislation such as the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA), sanctions regimes, AML/CFT Act, Contract and Commercial Law Act, Commerce Act, FMCA, and the Fair Trading Act.  She represents clients in regulatory investigations and practical issues stemming from those.

After undertaking post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge, Emma worked in the Global Disputes team in London for a leading international law firm.

Recent highlights

  • Assisting financial institutions with CCCFA compliance and litigation risk, including advising on customer remediation and regulator and key stakeholder engagement.
  • Acting for a natural resources company in defending a High Court contract claim for rectification and mistake, and breach of the Fair Trading Act.
  • Representing the plaintiffs in a multi-jurisdictional arbitration for breach of contract in the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in London.
  • Assisting a major bank in its response to the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) / Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Bank and Life Insurer Conduct and Culture Reviews, including undertaking a secondment to the bank.
  • Acting in a range of large-scale, multi-party, defective building proceedings in the High Court for bodies corporate and territorial authorities.
  • Undertaking conduct and culture, governance, and health and safety reviews for a range of private and public sector clients, including a major bank, to identify potential issues and opportunities for development and improvement.


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