Rebecca Scott

Rebecca is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She was named an Elite Woman lawyer by NZ Lawyer magazine in 2022.
Rebecca has advised and appeared in Court on a broad range of commercial and civil litigation disputes including shareholder disputes, negligence, property claims and family disputes. She has particular expertise in agribusiness issues. Prior to joining the independent bar, she was a partner of Lane Neave where she acted for a diverse range of clients including large organisations and public entities as well as small businesses and individuals.

Rebecca was named as a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 in 2023 and 2024 with testimonials including being described as “an impressive talent on the rise” and “very accomplished in her commercial litigation”.

In addition to her legal expertise, Rebecca also has an interest in governance. She has previously been an intern director on the board of Christchurch City Holdings Limited and is currently on the board of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Incorporated and Cambridge Clinic Canterbury Limited. She is also a Council member of the Canterbury-Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

Expertise

  • Company
  • Contract, Civil and Commercial Disputes
  • Insolvency and Liquidation
  • Insurance
  • Judicial Review and Public Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Estates

Case Highlights

  • Grainger v Orion New Zealand Limited [2023] NZHC 2239: successfully obtaining orders striking out a plaintiff’s claim for over $1 million against Orion New Zealand Limited.
  • Acting for the members of an agribusiness industry association in a contract dispute. The matter was set down for a five-week arbitration before settling in 2022.
  • Grace v Orion New Zealand Limited [2021] NZHC 705: acting on claims against Orion New Zealand Limited in relation to liability for the Port Hills fires. The claim was settled during the nine-week hearing.
  • Wilding v Te Mania Livestock Ltd [2017] NZHC 649 and [2017] NZHC 717: Acting for a shareholder of a beef stud farming company in a seven-week trial regarding shareholder disputes and an application for the liquidation of the company.
  • Wholesale Distributors Ltd v Songle Supermarket Ltd [2014] NZCA 565: Obtaining injunctive relief in the Court of Appeal for a supermarket franchisor when the franchisee attempted to sell its business without franchisor approval.