Tony Oxnevad is a Queenstown lawyer with over 30 years of legal experience.
Following his graduation from the University of Canterbury in 1981 he commenced practice as a solicitor with a large Christchurch law firm working in the areas of commercial, property and finance law.
He moved to work in Australia in 1984. In Australia Tony became a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation section of one of the big Australian national law firms before training and practicing as a barrister at the Victorian Bar in Melbourne.
While in Australia Tony developed a specialisation in sports and entertainment law, he completed a post graduate certificate in Sports Law from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and was one of the founding members of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA). In Australia his sports clients included an Australian Football League (AFL) team and a National Basketball League (NBL) team and two National Sports Organisations (NSO’s).
Tony returned to Queenstown, New Zealand with his wife and daughter in 1995 to work with the firm Anderson Lloyd and commenced his own private practice in 1998.
Tony has extensive experience in litigation trial work, appeals and emergency applications for remedies, including injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and Mareva injunctions.
In 1995 Tony trained and qualified as a mediator with LEADR and he has successfully used mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution to settle a variety of different disputes for clients.
In New Zealand he has appeared in the District Court, Coroners Court, Environment Court, High Court, the Court of Appeal and across a variety of tribunals and other hearings. The types of disputes he has acted in are varied but include contractual, construction, employment, resource management, trade practices, intellectual property, insurance disputes, professional negligence, body corporate issues, compliance, defamation, adventure tourism accidents, sports and entertainment.
He successfully represented Mr. Palmer in the leading case of Palmer v Danes Shotover Rafts Ltd & Ors, where the Full Court of the Court of Appeal ultimately determined the ability to sue for mental trauma where no physical injury was suffered. It confirmed the residual right to sue in tort where injuries are not covered under the Accident Compensation Scheme.
He has acted for a number of NSO’s in New Zealand and was Chairman of Ski Racing New Zealand for several years before its merger with Snowsports New Zealand in 2010. He was made a Honourary Life Member of ANZSLA in 2011.
Tony values a reputation of providing sound pragmatic advice and being readily available and responsive to client’s needs.