Brian Stewart Partner

Brian’s major practice areas are commercial and civil litigation, banking and insolvency law, dispute resolution, relationship property and employment law.

Before joining Simpson Western, Brian was a partner in a large national law firm, where he gained his diverse and in-depth experience in both commercial law and litigation. Early in his career Brian worked for a major commercial law firm in London and qualified during this time as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

During his 16 plus years at Simpson Western, Brian has been involved in a number of significant cases, including a landmark intellectual property case for one of our business clients in the Auckland High Court.

Brian was born and has lived on the North Shore for most of his life.  In his spare time he enjoys singing and playing his guitar with his likeminded musician friends. He has also spent the last few years knocking off the great New Zealand walks (the hard way), and enjoys the fresh air, endeavouring to lower his golf handicap and spending time with his wife Debbie and their children and grandchildren.

Brian has been involved in a number of charitable organisations over the years and has recently retired from the Board of Takapuna Grammar School.


Brian’s areas of expertise

  • Commercial and Property law
  • Civil litigation
  • Trust and estate litigation
  • Dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration
  • Commercial disputes 
  • Security enforcement
  • Insurance law
  • Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act advice
  • Company receivership and liquidation issues
  • Insolvency
  • Building and construction disputes, including leaky building issues
  • Resource management advice, local authority hearings, appeals and prosecutions
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety in the workplace



LLB Victoria University 1976

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales 1982


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

New Zealand Law Society

NZ Law