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Polly is a leading commercial litigator and arbitrator. She has a broad range of experience in commercial disputes, with particular interests in construction, insolvency and regulatory disputes and investigations.
Polly is at the top of her field, having been named as a ‘Best Lawyer – Litigation’ in 2018 - 2016. Her client list includes several of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, multinational corporations, major trading banks and financial institutions.
Polly has had a distinguished career in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, litigating complex and high stakes disputes. Her recent experience includes:
LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago
MIR (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington
Member, Society for Construction Law
Member, Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand
Polly was awarded Fellowship of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand in 2018. She was also awarded the Sir Ronald Davison Prize for excellence in arbitral award writing. Polly serves as a member of AMINZ's appointments panel, and sits as an adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act, as a member of the panel of the Building Disputes Tribunal.
She is an experienced advocate, and a member of the faculty of the New Zealand Law Society's Litigation Skills Course.
Polly is listed as a leading litigation lawyer for New Zealand by Best Lawyers® 2020 guide, and for Construction, Projects & Infrastructure by Doyles Guide 2018.
Polly is author of the Consumer Credit title of Laws of New Zealand; as well as the International Corporate Rescue article How Far Can Litigation Funders Go? The New Zealand Case of PwC v Walker; and edits the arbitration chapters of Sim's Court Practice.
She has also shared her insights in the only textbook in existence on the nuts and bolts of running a major cross-border investigation: The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations 2018 – for which she authored the New Zealand chapter with partners Kylie Dunn and Emmeline Rushbrook.
In 2015, she co-founded Women in Restructuring and Insolvency, a professional network for women working across those sectors.
Polly was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1999 and in England and Wales in 2003. Polly gained international experience in the international arbitration and litigation teams of the leading global firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Clifford Chance.
Property and Construction
Banking and Finance
International Trade and Investment
Technology and Telecommunications