Jenny Sutton


Jenny is an angel and early stage investor in a number of NZ ventures with global reach.  She has previously headed a national intellectual property law team in a major national law firm.  Her background includes being a leading commercial and public law litigator in high-end and substantial commercial and public law cases covering a wide range of industries and areas of law from maritime, telecommunications, electricity, financial, insurance, oil, and she was well known for representing a major producer board for over a decade.

For a number of years Jenny was the NZ representative, Chair and director of various NZ, Australasian and International law and industry associations with a highly regarded reputation here and overseas for her work in the maritime and international insolvency arenas.  In 2002 while at the Bar she chaired the government review of the oil spill response following the serious grounding of a container ship in Gisborne port.

Jenny has spoken widely overseas through the US, Asia and Australasia on directors’ duties, governance and cross-border issues, been a senior litigation partner in a large national law firm and a barrister.  She was a faculty member of the NZ law society’s litigation skills programme and other law training programmes for a number of years and chaired a number of national law conferences.

She provides independent advice, often in a governance context and, amongst other things, assists talented entrepreneurs. Jenny is also a patron of the arts in NZ and Australia, a skilled negotiator and mediator and supporter of the University of Canterbury’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Jenny holds a LL.B (Hons) from UC.  Her interest in innovation and new technologies started during her studies at UC in the late 1980’s when she wrote honours papers on various areas of new tech and the intersection with law.

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