I am a civil and commercial litigator. I specialise in complex litigation and have expertise in a wide range of areas including fraud, construction, insurance, property, local and cross-border trade, trade practices, injunctive relief and insolvency. I also provide high-level advice to businesses on strategic legal issues.
My insurance expertise lies in public liability, professional indemnity, fire and general, marine, and energy. I act mainly for insurers on indemnity disputes, fraud defences and recoveries, and I advise on policy drafting. I also represent parties in construction and engineering disputes, including interim adjudication claims.
I am well versed in negotiation and mediation, and have successfully concluded many settlements in civil and commercial disputes. When litigation becomes necessary I regularly represent clients in court and in arbitration hearings.
My recent work includes:
- Defending a structural engineering firm against allegations of inadequate design regarding an apartment complex.
- Defending a main contractor against allegations of defective workmanship and resultant damage in a combined apartment and retail complex (NZS 3910 terms).
- Acting for a design and construction contractor in complex and high-value adjudication claims for interim payment regarding a commercial plant (FIDIC Yellow Book terms).
- Drafting bespoke construction contract terms for a major insurer to use in repair and rebuild projects following the Canterbury earthquakes.
- Advising an international corporation on complex and high-value insurance issues arising from significant earthquake damage to its Canterbury retail stores and distribution network sites.
- Defending an electrical contractor in a court proceeding alleging negligent wiring and consequent extensive fire damage to a commercial building.
- Acting for a prominent finance company in a court proceeding brought by the Commerce Commission regarding fees charged in consumer loans - see Commerce Commission v Sportzone Motorcycles Limited  NZHC 2531.