Specialising in civil litigation, insurance and dispute resolution




Stephanie's expertise is in civil litigation, insurance and dispute resolution. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1997 and has more than twenty years' experience. She became a partner at Anderson Lloyd in 2005, based in Christchurch. She then moved to another national firm, Duncan Cotterill, where she was one of the firm's litigation partners for six years before joining the Independent Bar in April 2018. She has appeared as lead counsel in many High Court hearings and trials and in the Court of Appeal, as well as in various disciplinary tribunals. 


Stephanie has acted for companies, individuals and their insurers to defend a range of  liability claims including general liability, statutory liability, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters. She also advises insurers on indemnity and recovery issues.


Since the Canterbury earthquakes, she has acted for many homeowners, as well as insurers, to settle earthquake claims. Where these have not been able to be resolved, she has advised and acted in proceedings in the High Court Earthquake List.

Stephanie also has a particular interest in regulatory matters, advising on investigations and defending prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Resource Management Act, the Biosecurity Act and other similar legislation. 

In the trusts & estates area, Stephanie has acted for claimant beneficiaries in cases under the  Wills Act, Family Protection Act and Testamentary Promises Act as well as in litigation involving disputes between trustees, or between trustees and beneficiaries.


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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Level 2​, 112 Cashel Street, Christchurch


Tel: 03 3651145

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