B.A.(Auckland), M.A. (Princeton),
M.A. (Oxford), Lincoln's Inn, London
Guy Chapman was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He was first called to the Bar in 1974 at Lincoln’s Inn, London; subsequently he was admitted as a Barrister and a Solicitor in New Zealand, as a Barrister in New South Wales, as a Lawyer in Papua New Guinea; and as an Attorney in Turks & Caicos. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland in 1968, Mr Chapman attended Princeton University in New Jersey, U.S.A. where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Politics, 1970); and then Oxford University, England, where he read law and obtained a Masters of Arts degree in 1979. He was also a Research student at the London School of Economics from 1970 to 1971. He worked as a Barrister in London from 1974 to 1975, as Advisory Officer to Select Committees at New Zealand's House of Representatives from 1975 to 1977, and as a Barrister and Solicitor at Russell McVeagh, one of New Zealand's premier law firms, where he was litigation partner for 20 years. At the time of leaving New Zealand to join Savory & Co., he was the fourth senior partner in the firm.
He has practiced over virtually the whole "common law" (or litigation) field, and has appeared in courts at all levels and before a wide range of tribunals and semi-judicial bodies, and in many arbitrations (principally in the construction and engineering fields, but also in commercial arbitrations). He has been involved in extensive contract drafting, contract review work and advice, contract dispute work, and in litigation and arbitrations concerning contract matters and other issues, in particular in relation to construction work, energy sector work, and work for public bodies and utilities. He has been engaged in a full range of commercial litigation and advisory work for numerous commercial clients in New Zealand and the Pacific, including the Auckland Harbour Board, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Auckland Electric Power Board, Mercury Energy Ltd, Mobil Oil New Zealand, Watercare Services, Coal Corporation of New Zealand, Rarotongan Beach Resort, and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, the Government of Western Samoa, and the Provincial Government of the North Solomon Islands.
Whilst employed at the Legislative Department, House of Representatives, Wellington, New Zealand, was engaged in reviewing and revising Bills, and in advisory work. When in private practice in New Zealand, was involved in making numerous submissions to Select Committees, and was also involved, for public bodies, in drafting Bills and in amending provisions, and in advising on legislative matters for numerous clients.
Mr Chapman has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals in England, including Magistrate’s Courts, County Courts, Crown Courts, the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey), the High Court (including the Commercial Court), the Court of Appeal, and once, as a junior, before the House of Lords. In New Zealand he appeared at all levels, including before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London), before the Court of Appeal (on numerous occasions), the High Court and former Supreme Court (again on numerous occasions), District Courts (and former Magistrate’s Courts), various specialist courts and tribunals, commissions of inquiry and disciplinary bodies. He also appeared before local and regional councils and council committees, as well as before the Court of Appeal and High Court of the Cook Islands (on a number of occasions), and before the Supreme Court and National Court of Papua New Guinea.
He has acted in numerous construction and engineering arbitrations, principally in New Zealand, but also in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, and Samoa, and also in a number of rental and other commercial arbitrations.
Areas of Practice: Civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, commercial and legislative drafting.