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Kim McLeod

Kim McLeod

Ambassador People, Risk and Culture

AJ Park Law Limited, Auckland

An expert in resolving IP disputes, Kim has a special ability to relate to people, understanding their situation, drivers and pressure points to devise a plan they understand and that meets their needs.

Expertise

Solving problems and easing stress is Kim McLeod’s workplace raison d’être. As head of AJ Park’s dispute resolution and litigation team, he acts for clients ranging from small sole traders threatened with legal action, to some of the world’s largest corporations, helping them enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in Australia, New Zealand, and abroad.

Kim joined AJ Park straight out of university in 1987. Four years later he moved to London, then Hong Kong, before returning to AJ Park in 1998.

No one wants to be caught up in litigation, and Kim relishes the chance to get to know his clients and their needs, and then finds workable solutions to their legal problems.

‘I like helping people who are worried about things; often they can’t sleep because they’re wondering: is this the end of my business or career? I say, let me do the worrying. And I mean it, because I can deal with that; it’s my job.’

Being curious and having a good understanding of human nature is essential in this role. Being able to see the big picture is also important in order to avoid getting bogged down in the fine detail of a dispute.

Diplomatic and firm, Kim has a special ability to relate to people, understanding their situation, drivers, pressure points and resources, before devising a plan they understand and that meets their needs.

It's important to have the right arsenal of IP rights to stop counterfeiting, and AJ Park makes sure Sistema does.

Glenn Beattie, Sistema

Litigation is just one avenue to achieving resolution. Kim is also involved in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. It’s an area that he loves because the parties involved get to drive the process and to choose their outcome rather than having someone else impose one on them.

Accolades

One of Kim’s most high-profile cases involved representing an American company in what was the first copyright infringement case in China since the Cultural Revolution.  Other accolades include being:

  • highlighted for his experience litigating IP disputes at every level of the courts, and for his considerable strength in enforcement matters in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019  

  • selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best LawyersTM in New Zealand 2019 in the field of intellectual property law

  • highlighted in IAM Patent 1000 2018 as 'the lead in enforcement efforts and is au fait with multi-jurisdictional litigations, having spent time in Hong Kong as an IP solicitor'

  • ranked as a trade mark and patent star in New Zealand in Managing IP Stars

  • recognised for his specialist knowledge of enforcement law in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018.

Outside work

Kim lives on a rural property with his wife and five school-aged children. In his spare time, he enjoys racing his rotary-engined Mazda RX7, and has participated in several Targa New Zealand rallies. 

Qualifications

  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington (1987)
  • Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor (England, Wales & Hong Kong)

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