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 matters and disputes relating to a wide variety of industries. Emma has specific expertise in the banking and financial services sectors, including in respect of conduct and culture matters. She is experienced in representing clients in court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution.

Emma advises a broad range of clients on the implications of key commercial and regulatory legislation such as the Contract and Commercial Law Act, Commerce Act, Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA), and Fair Trading Act. She advises on 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. She was involved in cases across a range of jurisdictions and is experienced in international and cross-border proceedings.

Recent highlights

  • Assisting a bank with a range of CCCFA matters, including compliance with the 1 December 2021 changes to the CCCFA and Regulations.
  • 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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