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Seamus Woods

Call: England and Wales: 2018 New Zealand: 2013

Seamus has a broad commercial chancery practice with a particular focus on chambers’ areas of expertise in company, insolvency and commercial law. He undertakes both litigation and advisory work and accepts instructions on a led and unled basis. He regularly appears in the High Court and County Courts and has recent, successful experience as junior counsel in a large High Court commercial trial.

Prior to joining chambers, Seamus practised in New Zealand, where he was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in 2013. Seamus appeared frequently and mostly unled in numerous criminal, public/regulatory and civil law cases (including trials with and without a jury) in New Zealand’s District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He worked across a wide spectrum of legal areas, including for governmental and commercial clients. He was also a judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal.

After joining chambers, Seamus also spent six months on secondment in the Financial Institutions Disputes Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in the Corporate/M&A team at Slaughter and May.

Seamus graduated first in his year in law from the University of Canterbury and holds a first class Master of Law from the University of Cambridge. He was President of the Canterbury and New Zealand law students’ associations and served on the New Zealand Council of Legal Education for three years.

Education & Awards


Master of Law (First) – Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2018

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) – University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2012

Prizes and Scholarships

Universities New Zealand William Georgetti Scholarship for postgraduate study – 2017

New Zealand Law Foundation Cleary Memorial Prize for most promising young lawyer – 2014

Gold Medal for graduating first in year in law at the University of Canterbury, as well as a range of subject prizes (including Company Law and Trial Advocacy) – 2008–2012

Winner of the University of Canterbury Mooting and Negotiation Competitions – 2011

Dux and Head Boy of Paraparaumu College, New Zealand – 2007


Saxby v UDG Healthcare (UK) Holdings Ltd [2021] EWHC 144 (Ch)
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The Premier League Owners’ and Directors’ Test and international human rights – David Chivers QC and Seamus Woods draft proposed changes for Amnesty International UK
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