Insurance & Reinsurance

• Acting for an international reinsurer in relation to significant material damage and business interruption claims arising out of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, including an arbitration on coverage issues between reinsurer and insurer.

• Advising reinsurers on issues arising from the financial collapse of Western Pacific Insurance Limited, including representing reinsurers in litigation to determine entitlements to reinsurance proceeds.

• Advising insurers and insureds on property damage and business interruption policies for losses arising out of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

• Advising brokers, insurers and reinsurers on issues for primary and excess layer liability policies, and for reinsurance treaties, arising from the Steigrad (Bridgecorp) judgment, and acting for AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited (formerly Chartis) in that litigation.

• Advising a prospectus liability insurer on a substantial representative claim by investors (class action), resulting from the financial collapse of an issuer.

• Reviewing and localising policy wordings for an overseas insurer introducing new and revamped products into the New Zealand market.

• Representing a health and life insurer on contentious claims under health and disability, income protection and trauma policies, including claims of total and permanent disablement.

• Acting for a contract works insurer in proceedings relating to the collapse of an inner city heritage building during renovation works.

• Advising issuers and directors on the terms of prospectus liability policies, including the negotiation of bespoke policies.


• Advising insolvency practitioners on issues arising during their appointments, including the validity and priority of claims by secured creditors, preferential claims, insolvent transactions and the sale of assets.

• Advising and acting for insolvency practitioners in against company directors and third parties, for the recovery of funds to the benefit of creditors.

• Assisting banks and other corporate entities on claims by liquidators to set aside insolvent transactions.

• Acting for the receivers of the Bridgecorp group of companies in High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court proceedings by a debtor seeking to set aside a judgement obtained on admission.

• Acting as junior counsel for the Bank of New Zealand in an appeal to the Supreme Court for the recovery of GST paid by receivers to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.


• Advising on a Financial Markets Authority investigation into a listed company's compliance with public disclosure requirements.

• Assisting a large corporate, which had the benefit of conditional immunity under the Commerce Commission's Cartel Leniency Policy, with a long-running investigation and subsequent proceedings against other parties.

• Advising companies and directors in high-profile investigations by the Financial Markets Authority and the Serious Fraud Office.

• Acting for HWM (NZ) Holdings Limited and a director in criminal proceedings brought by the Financial Markets Authority relating to allegedly misleading investment statements for a KiwiSaver scheme.

Real Property

• Representing Aorangi Forests Limited in successful High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings to remove a caveat preventing the exercise of its security.

• Advising on rights and remedies arising from easements over land.

• Acting for land owners and property developers to remove caveats and easements inhibiting the sale and/or development of commercial land.


• Advising a ship owner in relation to a potential claim by a creditor, including taking steps to avoid the ship being arrested in a New Zealand port.

• Assisting the resolution of interrelated disputes between two shareholders, who also had a supplier / purchaser relationship across groups operating in multiple jurisdictions.

• Representing a franchisor in various disputes with franchisees.

• Representing a pharmacy operating company in arbitral proceedings for wrongful termination of a licence to occupy premises at a medical clinic.

• Advising international shipping companies on debt recovery and the availability and exercise of common law and contractual remedies.

• Advising a corporate in a contractual dispute relating to the purchase of a business.