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Gus Hazel


As the man behind the Auckland legal team, Gus specialises in all those tricky issues concerning intellectual property and commercialisation. He’s our Australian import with a reputation for being an all-round top bloke, dedicated to making sure Kiwi businesses reap the rewards of their hard work.

In his down time, Gus can be found in the wilderness – if he’s not mountaineering, scaling alps or clambering up great heights, he can usually be found appreciating a well -rounded whisky or pursuing his hobby in photography.


  • BSc
  • LLB (Hons)
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Barrister and Solicitor

Industry specialty

  • Building materials/construction technology
  • Domestic design
  • Agribusiness
  • Creative/Design/Media
  • Food and beverage
  • Natural products
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Clean technology
  • Electronics
  • Health technology
  • ICT - software
  • Mechanical


  • Copyright
  • E-commerce and domain names 
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Information sharing
  • Commercialisation
  • Litigation
  • Anti-counterfeiting 
  • Fair trading in New Zealand
  • Domain name disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Credentials & experience

Gus has a whole heap of experience when it comes to litigation, including alternative dispute resolution procedures (mediation and arbitration), commercialisation, regulatory issues and administrative law. He has a particular interest in litigation around hazardous substances, agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines.

Before joining our ranks in 2011, he was Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a lecturer at Monash University Law School in Melbourne, and has worked with other leading law firms. Gus also had a pretty remarkable role co-ordinating a team of sixty lawyers within a top notch international firm providing pro-bono legal services to the homeless.

He has represented clients at all levels of the New Zealand Court system and before various tribunals and non-judicial authorities, from the District, High and Supreme Courts to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ), and the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) / Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Gus is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, the High and Federal Courts of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and is a Registered Patent Attorney.

Industry recognition

Gus is a member of the New Zealand Law Society and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).

He is ranked in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000, recommended for patent litigation and transactions, and is also featured in NZ Lawyer's 2016 Hot List (a guide detailing the who's who of New Zealand law). 

But don't take our word for it

“Gus and Sébastien are currently helping us enforce our intellectual property rights in the courts.  They have applied their strong expertise in confidential information and industrial copyright law to our highly technical products and our unique situation.  This has given us the confidence to take the necessary steps to protect our most valuable assets.”

Tony Messenger, Founder and Director

"Intellectual property disputes and the attendant litigation are seldom easy or pleasant experiences. Ben and Gus prepared and presented four cases  simultaneously before the DRS on our behalf in which we prevailed and then negotiated a complex partnership dissolution without resorting to the High Court. My Company’s experience with James & Wells was exemplary and we are best pleased with the results they achieved on our behalf.”

Dave Kenyon, Director

"Sebastien and Gus recently obtained a great result for me and my business.  Their negotiation skills were key in finding a commercial solution to a high-stake contractual dispute and avoiding the need for expensive litigation.  I was most impressed with their dedication to finding a commercially savvy solution which suited my interests.  I highly recommend the Dispute Resolution Team at James & Wells to anyone in a difficult situation and needing strategic advice on how to go about resolving it.  The key to cost effective solutions is to involve James & Wells early in the process.  This prevented the situation from deteriorating and made it possible to quickly come to an agreement satisfactory to all parties.”

Dr. Bernd Kleinlagel, Director