Ben Nettleton
Ben NettletonBarrister & Mediator

• Commercial and company law
• Mediation
• Employment Law
• Regulatory
• Sports / Racing law
• Rural


Ben Nettleton is an experienced Commercial Barrister. He commenced practice as a junior to a leading Queens Counsel. Subsequently he practised as a solicitor with an established South Island firm advising on transactions and representing corporate entities, government entities and individuals in civil, employment and regulatory matters at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Ben’s main specialties are commercial/contractual disputes, company law, regulatory issues, rural matters, employment law and sports/ racing law.

Ben is an accredited mediator, and regularly acts as an adjudicator on accident compensation cases, he also has experience sitting on a range of quasi-judicial bodies.

He also has an established governance career and holds or has held a roles on the boards of a range of organisations including New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Invercargill City Forests, Youthline, Judicial Control Authority for Racing, Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust – Investment Committee and private company appointments including through Perpetual Guardian.

Ben Nettleton | Publications & Conferences

  • Fiduciary Duties and Governance in Incorporated Societies– New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference 2014, Wellington
  • Contract Law and Business Relationships”, Southern Institute of Technology, Course Materials, Bachelor of Applied Management, October 2015.
  • “Governance in the Education Sector” – Panel Member, Statutory Services Conference, Ministry of Education 2017.
  • The Regulatory Framework” – Open Polytechnic, Course Materials- Financial Advisor Qualifications, March 2019
  • “Conflicts of Interest / Ethics, Values, Integrity – The Essentials Series (Webinars / Materials) – Local Government New Zealand –September 2019

Recent & Notable Cases

Commerce Commission v Gateway Solutions Limited & Ors [2020] NZDC 10193

Gateway Solutions Limited v Commerce Commission [2018] NZHC 3049

S v Commerce Commission [2017] NZDC 2108

Sixtus v Kidd (2015) 23 PRNZ 110 (HC)

Strong v J  [2015] NZDC 14565

Cookright Filtering Services v Wallis & Ors [2013] NZHC 2535

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