Alan Galbraith QC is the scholarly and successful barrister who fields some of the toughest commercial cases in the court calendar on a regular basis. A Rhodes Scholar (1967) and Oxford graduate, his academic and personal credentials stand him in good stead, providing testimony to his intellect and legal ability.
A Queens’ Counsel since 1987 he is also a passionate runner like a number of the other Power List members (Fisher QC, No. 13) and has slipped in rankings with the elevation of other members of the list, rather than through any reduction in workload or influence.
He continues to make news with major cases, including his recent representation of the ANZ Bank which sued the FMA in a case sensitive enough to have it removed from the High Court list. The case follows the 2014 settlement agreement that ended the FMA’s investigation into the selling of interest rate swaps, which saw the bank deny breaches of the law or that it would fail in the civil or criminal proceedings against it in respect of the controversial swaps.
Being slight of build and as quick footed physically as mentally, his other abiding interest is horse racing which has seen his “Rich Hill Stud” interests in the Waikato, shared with former Supreme Court Justice Bill Wilson QC.
Among his notable cases have crossed the spectrum of New Zealand business, ranging from litigation where he has appeared for Air New Zealand, the Auckland City Council, the BNZ, Brierley Investments, Fisher & Paykel, Fletcher Challenge, Fonterra and just about every other significant name in New Zealand commerce.
He has also served as a board member of the TAB, the NZ Racing Industry Board, NZ Racing Authority, Broadcasting Commission and most recently as Deputy Chairman of the Sports Tribunal and his most recent high profile case was representing former NZX CEO Mark Weldon in the lengthy lawsuit between the Exchange and Melbourne-based Clear Grain Exchange.