DLA Piper New Zealand offers complete legal representation to transport operators or for those organisations with transport interests in air, maritime, public transport, roading, and logistics and transport of goods (including cross border trade issues, import and export).

We have a leading transport insurance practice acting for major insurers both here in New Zealand and overseas. DLA Piper New Zealand has conducted significant maritime cases including those of international interest. We are actively involved in the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and have expertise in the sale and purchase and charter of New Zealand and overseas registered vessels.

DLA Piper New Zealand has specific in-depth experience in public transport, large scale roading projects, and major infrastructure development and deployment. Our government team has unique insight into statutory and regulatory processes for projects associated with transport.

DLA Piper New Zealand's expert resource management (RMA) team also has expertise in obtaining required consents and designations for in transport projects.

We are well placed to assist organisations structuring significant transport projects. We were the law firm that advised the New Zealand Treasury on models for public private partnerships (PPPs) and have advised participants involved in one of the first New Zealand Government PPPs.

DLA Piper New Zealand is expert at legal advice around procurement and contracting in large scale projects.

Maritime Law

DLA Piper New Zealand has leading expertise in all aspects of maritime law, and is actively involved in the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

DLA Piper New Zealand has expertise in ship and boat building and contracts, trade, ports, admiralty practice, groundings and salvage (including the Rena), cargo issues, vessel charter and ownership, ship arrest and maritime incidents. It has advised a wide variety of clients in the maritime and marine sector over decades.

The firm has in New Zealand an internationally recognised proponent of transport and marine insurance, who has acted for major insurers both in New Zealand and overseas on marine issues.  He has conducted definitive maritime cases in New Zealand courts, including those of international interest.

Internationally, DLA Piper has expertise in every major maritime jurisdiction in maritime law. It is able to organise maritime law teams to respond to any maritime issue worldwide. It is also able to provide advice in non-contentious situations for global maritime operators, in any area of the world.


Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Cathay Pacific Airways Limited in proceedings by the New Zealand Commerce Commission alleging cartel conduct overseas. These cross-border proceedings were complex and wide-ranging, with 24 causes of action alleged relating to 12 different jurisdictions, revolving around cargo revenues in excess of NZ$200 million. The firm continues to act in the anti-trust and competition sphere representing Cathay Pacific globally on air cargo and passenger matters.

Kuehne + Nagel International
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for the parent of Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) in proceedings by the New Zealand Commerce Commission alleging cartel behaviour in freight forwarding markets. Working closely with lawyers in Switzerland, United States, Europe and Asia, and K+N management, DLA Piper New Zealand represented K+N in High Court and Court of Appeal protesting jurisdiction, striking out the majority of the pled causes of action. The firm also managed a large-scale multi-jurisdictional discovery process for K+N, negotiating a settlement under which K+N agreed to pay a penalty on the basis of an admission of one allegation while the Commerce Commission discontinued its other allegations.

Greater Wellington Regional Council - Peka Peka to North Otaki Roading Proposal
This New Zealand Transport Agency state highway proposal involved two notices of requirement and 49 resource consents for the construction and operation of the Peka Peka to North Otaki Expressway proposal. It was declared a matter of national significance and is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, identified by the Government as a Road of National Significance. DLA Piper New Zealand acted on behalf of Wellington Regional Council, a submitter conditionally in support of the proposal.

International Australian Airline
DLA Piper New Zealand advised the on a range of contractual matters in New Zealand, such as the terms and conditions for a rewards scheme, package holiday agreement and the liability of independent contractors in New Zealand.

Wellington International Airport
DLA Piper New Zealand advised on a range of procurement and infrastructure projects including tendering requirements, engaging and negotiating contracts with consultants and contractors, construction contracts and advising on the Airport redevelopment project. The client also instructed DLA Piper New Zealand for its litigation in respect of its new terminal building, its Airport Retail Park and its Runway End Safety Area projects pursuant to its designation and through strata titles to extend the runway over Wellington Council's road.

Greater Wellington Regional Council
Greater Wellington Regional Rail Package Asset Transfer: DLA Piper New Zealand advised throughout this transaction which involved the transfer of rolling stock, Station Buildings and some depot buildings from KiwiRail Limited, a State Owned Enterprise, to Greater Wellington Rail Limited, a Council Controlled Organisation of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Several rail platforms on the Wairarapa line needed work to be an appropriate height and length for new trains being purchased by the Council. The firm also advised Council on its contractual and funding arrangements with ONTRACK.

Tasman Pioneer Litigation
DLA Piper New Zealand was successful in the Tasman Pioneer litigation on behalf of the carrier, with the Supreme Court overturning both the High Court and Court of Appeal decisions. The case is of international interest. It also involved the first limitation decree (based on tonnage of the vessel) in New Zealand.

A Korea Shipping Issue
DLA Piper New Zealand obtained the first order for mutual recognition in the admiralty context, of a foreign insolvency proceeding, and handled an associated ship arrest.

Northport Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand has been an adviser to this port in relation to changes to existing resource consents for the Port.

DLA Piper New Zealand represented a marina client in relation to a proposed 130 berth marina at Sandspit. This involved a six day Environment Court hearing.

Ariadne Australia Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised on the Marina Management Agreement.