James MacGillivray
About Me
A highly-regarded and accomplished litigator, James regularly represents clients in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court, and in alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation. With particular expertise in commercial litigation, James brings a wide range of advocacy and advisory skills to any dispute.

James specialises in finding strategic commercial solutions to clients’ problems. His clients value his ability to communicate complex legal problems clearly and his pragmatic approach to devising effective litigation strategies has been recognised in his inclusion as a recommended lawyer by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

James was the recipient of the Fowlds Memorial Prize for the most distinguished Honours or Masters student in the Auckland University Faculty of Law while completing his Master of Laws in 2019.
BA, LLB, LLM University of Auckland.
Professional Associations
- James has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in New Zealand in the practice of Dispute Resolution & Litigation.
- Chairman, Waikato Link
- Tompkins Wake, Board of Partners
- Tompkins Wake, Risk Committee
- Recommended Lawyer, Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and 2021
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners, Asia-Pacific Guide 2021
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Practice Areas

Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

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Multilaw Contact Partner
Tompkins Wake
Office Address:
Westpac House
Level 8
430 Victoria Street
(647) 838-6001
Work phone:
(647) 838-6001
Mobile Number:
(642) 154-0588

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