Jaesen Sumner, Partner

Jaesen has practiced in dispute resolution, regulatory enforcement and employment law since 1997 and insolvency and recovery law since 2000.

Commercial insolvency and creditor remedies comprise a significant part of Jaesen's work; having developed experience and expertise in those areas over a number of years.

Jaesen has extensive experience in employment contracts, commercial and environmental litigation, medico-legal matters and local authority regulation as a prosecutor.

In the employment area, Jaesen provides advice on a wide range of matters including, restraints of trade, health & safety legislation, the Holidays Act, disciplinary action, restructuring and redundancies, dismissals and performance management issues up to chief executive level.

Jaesen also represents corporate and individual clients in resolving significant disputes.  His expertise encompasses a wide range of forae from mediation to High Court and Court of Appeal hearings.

Jaesen´s litigation practice also covers local government, including Building Act related matters.

Representative examples of areas Jaesen is experienced in include:

  • Defending challenges to regulatory decisions in environmental and construction matters
  • Security and debt realisations and recoveries including voidable preference issues and director claims 
  • Disputes arising out of warranty issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Leasing disputes
  • Medical appeals involving administrative decisions
  • Lead prosecutor for building and specialised environmental matters

Jaesen is also an active member of the New Zealand Credit and Finance Institute and the New Zealand Insolvency Special Interest Group.

Outside work, Jaesen is a keen player and follower of rugby and is Chairman of Old Boys University RFC in Wellington.