Julia Adams Julia Adams

Julia Adams

Senior Associate

Litigation & dispute resolution

Specialising in the conduct of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Julia is skilled at taking a complicated matter and making it simple, whether in advice to clients or in Court documents.

She has experience, and a particular interest, in acting for participants in the financial services industry, including banks, finance companies, and corporate trustees. She advises on a diverse range of matters encompassing trust, finance, insolvency, contract, and property law, and regularly navigates issues arising under key commercial legislation, such as the Contract and Commercial Law Act, the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, and the Financial Markets Conduct Act. She also has experience in representing defendants in actions brought by regulators.

Julia is an experienced courtroom advocate, having appeared as counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court, and in alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediations. Before joining Chapman Tripp, she practised as a junior barrister at Shortland Chambers. She has appeared both as sole counsel and as junior counsel in civil and criminal matters, and has represented clients in jury and judge-only trials.

Julia was formerly a judges’ clerk at the Auckland High Court. She tutored public law at The University of Auckland, her written work has been published in the New Zealand Law Review.

Recent highlights

  • Acted for a high net worth individual in a fraud claim relating to a complex trust structure.
  • Acted for the receivers in respect of claims arising out of the collapse of FE Investments Limited.
  • Assisted ANZ in relation to the liquidation of NZX-listed CBL Corporation Limited.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a corporate trustee of a collapsed finance company.
  • Appeared as counsel in a High Court trial for a finance company defending a class action dispute.
  • Acted for a business being investigated by the Commerce Commission for Fair Trading Act breaches.

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