John is a local dairy farmer and orchardist, as well as an avocado grower. He has lived in Te Puke all his life: he is a life member of the Te Puke Sports club, and a former representative of Bay of Plenty rugby union. He has been influential in Māori dairy farming developments and management. He is chair of The Kiwifruit Claim Grower Committee.
Bob is a long-term Kiwifruit grower, and director and shareholder of an orchard management company. Bob has been in the district since 1985, and has been involved in the kiwifruit industry since then. Bob is a member of The Kiwifruit Claim Grower Committee.
Grant has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 20 years. He became an EastPack Director in 2000, after the sale of Zest Company. Grant is a former NZKGI forum member and its former Chairman, as well as former member of Kiwifruit New Zealand. He was a Kelloggs Rural Leadership Scholar in 2000. Grant is a member of The Kiwifruit Claim Grower Committee.
Stuart is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 16 years. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited, having served in the same role previously at the cooperative Satara. Stuart is a kiwifruit grower with investments in both green and gold orchards. Stuart is a member of The Kiwifruit Claim Grower Committee.
Alan Galbraith QC
Alan Galbraith QC is one of New Zealand’s leading senior barristers with over 40 years’ experience in commercial litigation. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. He is an experienced advocate with market-leading experience appearing as counsel on large, complex and often high profile cases, and has represented major New Zealand and international clients at all Courts and a range of specialist tribunals. Alan is a former Rhodes Scholar with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a BCL in Law from the University of Oxford.
Matthew Dunning QC
Matthew Dunning QC is a highly accomplished barrister with over 25 years’ experience in general corporate and commercial litigation. He is widely recognised as a market-leading litigator and acts for a broad range of clients in diverse industries on contractual and commercial disputes. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013. He has a LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a BCL in Law from the University of Oxford.
LeeSalmonLong is a highly regarded specialist commercial litigation firm. Auckland-based partners Davey Salmon and Michale Heard will work closely with senior counsel for the claim Alan Galbraith QC and Matthew Dunning QC. LeeSalmonLong has particular experience in handling complex and multi-party High Court claims.
Davey's practice focuses on trial and appellate advocacy. He appears in all levels of New Zealand Courts.
His clients include major corporate clients in the forestry, construction and telecommunications industries and work undertaken covers the spectrum from large scale complex commercial litigation, to sensitive high-value relationship property matters and difficult media law issues.
Davey is recommended in dispute resolution in Chambers and the Asia Pacific Legal 500.
Michael acts in complex commercial cases at all levels of the New Zealand court system and in arbitrations. He has particular expertise in insolvency and maritime law and in cases concerning breaches of directors' duties.
Michael has acted on numerous matters involving urgent interim relief, including obtaining search and freezing orders in a range of intellectual property and privacy cases, and interim relief in judicial review applications.
His practice includes shareholder disputes, derivative action proceedings, construction cases, executives' employment disputes, and general contract and commercial disputes in the district and High Courts.
He appears regularly at all levels of the Court system in New Zealand as counsel and assisting Senior Counsel.
LPF Litigation Funding Limited
The Committee has also engaged LPF Litigation Funding Limited ("LPF"), New Zealand's largest locally owned litigation funding firm, to provide the plaintiffs with funding for the legal claim. LPF's parent company, LPF Group Limited, has successfully assisted in funding large scale claims since it was established in 2009. LPF's New Zealand base and extensive ties with the local business and legal scenes, combined with its hard won experience and expertise, sets it apart in its ability to fund and assist New Zealand claims.