PRACTICE

AREAS

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

TRUST & ESTATE CLAIMS 

 

INSURANCE

 

PROFESSIONAL LIABILTY & DISCIPLINE

 

CONTRACTUAL/ PROPERTY DISPUTES

REGULATORY INVESTIGATIONS & PROSECUTIONS

 

 
 

CASES

Recent cases include:

  • Many proceedings in the High Court Earthquake List involving issues relating to repair methodology and policy entitlements

  • Defence of a geotechnical engineer in a multi-party claim relating to soil testing carried out for a subdivision

  • Negotiating the withdrawal of charges laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries against a customs broker under the Biosecurity Act

  • Representing an accountant member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants on appeal to the Appeals Council to overturn a decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal to strike him off the register of chartered accountants (2016)

  • Advising Redcliffs School on its challenge to proposed closure and assisting with submissions which resulted in the reversal of an interim decision by the Minister of Education to close the school (2015/2016)

  • Defence of an application to remove a trustee in both the High Court and Court of Appeal: Powell v Powell [2015] NZCA 133; [2014] NZHC 2096; [2014] NZHC 476

  • Acting for grandchildren claimants who successfully claimed against the estate of their grandfather who died in 1965: Wightman v Public Trust [2015] NZFLR 335

  • Defence of a civil contracting company prosecuted under Health & Safety legislation in a case which has helped to define the respective liabilities of principals and contractors : Department of Labour v Southroads [2014] NZHC 1384 

 
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