Introducing our people – Frazer Barton
Head of Anderson Lloyd’s Dunedin litigation team and newly-elected Chairman of Partners, Frazer Barton has represented clients at all levels of the law – from the District Court to the Privy Council in London.
Many of Frazer’s cases during his 32-years in litigation have established important principles of law. His experience in this field extends to the areas of civil, quasi-criminal, insurance with a professional indemnity focus, insolvency, commercial disputes, family protection and estates litigation.
After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree from Otago University in 1983, he worked as a solicitor in Christchurch before moving to Dunedin where he became a partner in Anderson Lloyd’s predecessor firm in 1988.
Specialising in court work, Frazer was attracted to litigation because of the challenge of advocacy.
“Working within the area of litigation involves a lot of variety, which means no two cases are the same and I enjoy the resulting challenge,” says Frazer.
Current clients include the statutory managers of Alan Hubbard, the company behind a vineyard development near Alexandra which is currently before the courts, Dunedin City Council and the University of Otago.
Frazer also acts for a number of insurance companies and has worked with Lloyds of London on professional negligence cases. Another speciality is judicial review, which involves evaluating the actions of Government and government authorities.
His career has involved many personal highlights.
“Working on a case that was heard in the Privy Council in London which involved a commercial partner and a breach of trade is one of the more significant examples,” says Frazer.
“Another was being involved with a professional negligence case that resulted in a hearing in the Supreme Court, and I acted for the organiser of a cycle race which involved the death of a competitor. That particular case went all the way to the Court of Appeal and resulted in an acquittal.”
Frazer is president-elect of the Otago branch of the New Zealand Law Society and has been a faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme since 1995. He is also a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.
Married with three children and three grandchildren (who also live in Dunedin), Frazer’s time outside of law is spent landscaping his family’s new home and spending time at their crib in Naseby, Central Otago.