LLB, Senior Associate
Harry Shaw
Harry joined Wynn Williams in 2012 after completing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Otago.  He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in August 2013, became an Associate of the firm in October 2015 and then Senior Associate in December 2016.
Harry works on complex commercial disputes in the national Dispute Resolution Team.  He deals with a variety of litigation matters including trust and estate disputes, commercial disputes, earthquake claims, insolvency and relationship property.  He has appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Family Court on a range of matters including international arbitration, trust disputes, earthquake claims and relationship property.
Harry works primarily alongside Jeremy Johnson and Jared Ormsby.  He has also appeared with senior counsel on behalf of Wynn Williams.

"I enjoy working in an experienced litigation team in which I get to tackle a variety of complex legal issues alongside some of the best litigators in the country. "
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.


Recent Projects

  • Appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in relation to a novel charitable trust dispute.
  • Appeared as junior counsel in the High Court in respect of the opposed sale of Mount Cook Station.
  • Appeared as junior counsel in the High Court in relation to an international arbitration dispute.
  • Acted for a range of litigants in trust and estate disputes, with a particular focus on Family Protection Act and Testamentary Promises Act claims.
  • Acted as instructing solicitor and junior counsel for plaintiffs in earthquake disputes against insurers.
  • Represented beneficiaries under an estate in an application to validate a draft will under the Wills Act 2007.
  • Assisted the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch and the Church Property Trustees in relation to the ChristChurch Cathedral.
  • Assisted with the representation of a member of one of New Zealand's wealthiest families in multi-proceeding litigation around family trusts.
  • Assisted in the mediation of the settlement of a complex estate dispute concerning farming properties exceeding $20m.

Recent Articles


Effective use of Arbitration Agreements and Dispute Resolution Clauses

Dispute resolution clauses are rarely excluded from commercial contracts and the inclusion of arbitration agreements within those clauses are becoming increasingly common. Dispute resolution clauses come in a range of forms and it is important that parties drafting or entering into agreements with dispute resolution clauses are familiar with the consequences of doing so.

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Supreme Court finds leaky home limitation periods are not water tight

Osborne & Anor v Auckland City Council & Anor [2014] NZSC 67 Introduction After over seven years of litigation the Supreme Court has yesterday held that John Anthony Osborne and his wife Helen Osborne are entitled to seek relief for a leaky home claim which began in February 2007. On 10 June 2014 the Supreme Court released a unanimous judgment concerning the limitation period for leaky homes claims under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006 (the "Act"). The effect of the decision is that the limitation period for claims under the Act will extend for 10 years from the date when building work which gives rise to the claim, including the issuing of code compliance certificates by a Council or territorial authority, is completed.

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Redundancies: Justifying your Decision to Restructure

Of recent times, there has been development in the law surrounding redundancies and an employer's decision to restructure their business. With many employers looking to restructure, it is timely to summarise these developments.

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Saunders v Vautier and the Recognition of Special Circumstances

A view as to why the NZ Courts should not trump a beneficiary's indefeasible interest in trust property. The rule in Saunders v Vautier (1841) 41 ER 482, which has long been a part of New Zealand's common law, provides that an adult beneficiary who is sui juris (or a number of adult beneficiaries acting together) who has (or between them have) an absolute, vested and indefeasible interest in the capital and income of property, or an aliquot share of capital and income as the case may be, may at any time require the immediate transfer of the property to him (or them) and consequently terminate the trust.

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Reported Decisions

  • Young v Tower Insurance Ltd [2016] NZHC 2956
  • Darlow v Raymond [2016] NZHC 269
  • Talbot v Talbot [2016] NZHC 2382
  • Re Burnett Mount Cook Station Charitable Trust [2016] NZHC 2214
  • JB MacKintosh and MC Hall v Thomas [2015] NZHC 823
  • Dalian Deepwater Developer Ltd v Dybdahl [2015] NZHC 151
  • Gough v Strahl [2013] NZHC 3184

Speaking Engagements

  • Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Clauses: The Do's and Don'ts
  • Panelist at Otago Graduate Recruitment speaker series Otago


  • "Proprietary Rights and Settlor Intentions" Harry Shaw, Law Talk, 14 March 2014, Issue 837.

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