MATTHEWS, John Gordon            

Associate Justice John Matthews

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):   7.4        Ranking (out of 63):  45th

Postion & Titles:
Judge of: High Court, Christchurch, since 2011
Specializations and Professional Interests: Civil Litigation, Resource Management, MediationClaimed Areas of Practice : Administrative Law, Admiralty Law, ADR, Appeals, Arbitration, Banking Law, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, Competition Law, Construction Law, Contract Disputes, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Equity Law, Family Law, Finance, Insurance Litigation, Intellectual Property, Local Government Law, Maritime Law, Mediation, Planning,Project Negotiation, Property Relationships, Regulatory, Resource Management, Serious Fraud, Trusts, Wills & Deceased Estates
Professional Comments: (From Matthews AJ) I have practised law for 38 years, the last 23 at the independant bar. Prior to  that I had extensive experience in all  aspects of transactional law.I specialize in civil litigation, principally in the High Court, and have appeared successfully at every level including the  Supreme Court. I have wide  experience before a range of  statutory tribunals, and with white collar crime.I am an experienced Resource management commissioner, and chaired a statutory tribunal  for 15 years. I have been a director of a number of companies including Marac Finance. I am also available to peer review and advise on current litigation.


Background / Education: Associate Judge Matthews graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 1972. He practised as a solicitor at Lane Neave in Christchurch, where he was a partner from 1975 to 1987, when he joined the independent bar.
As a barrister Mr Matthews has practised mainly in the civil area. He is an experienced resource management commissioner and was the Chair of the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal from 1998 to 2004. Mr Matthews has also served on a number of Law Society committees and the Council of the New Zealand Bar Association.
Degrees: University of Canterbury, LLB (Hons) 1972
Admitted to the Bar: 1972
Company Involvements: CALM SEAS LIMITED (2301456) – Shareholder
CALM SEAS LIMITED (2301456)DirectorAppointed 17 Aug 2009 Apt. 656, Blue Peaks Apartments, Sydney Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Extensive past involvement in various finance and securities company

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