Kalev heads our litigation team.
He has proven, widely based experience as an advocate, adviser and published author in business law. He principally practices as a commercial litigator, appearing regularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, has assisted in appeals to the Privy Council in London and appeared in the Supreme Court. Kalev’s texts have been cited in Court judgments and Law Commission reports.
Kalev regularly advises banks, financiers, receivers, and liquidators on security enforcement and realisation, PPSR, company law and insolvency issues. Kalev was lead counsel in the cross border insolvency “Bullion in the Basement case” Williams v Simpson which was widely reported and cited internationally. Kalev was also lead counsel in the precedent setting case of Lewis Holdings Ltd v Steel & Tube Limited. That case held that a parent company could be held liable for the debts of its subsidiary if the latter was operated as an economic division of the parent.
Kalev has acted in the High Court against the Crown for relocated businesses under the Public Works Act to obtain increased disturbance compensation when their land is taken.
Kalev has acted on cases against insurers in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He has given educational presentations before large audiences, on group actions and litigation funding. He has also acted for plaintiffs and secured substantial outcomes in product liability cases where the defendant was insured.
Kalev assists taxpayers facing IRD attention and has acted on tax cases in the Pacific Islands. Kalev has resolved shareholder and trustee disputes. Kalev has also conducted many interim injunctions and caveat cases.
Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1990.