Ayleath specialises in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, and provides advice and advocacy in cases before Courts at all levels. She has acted on many high value claims for insurers, trustees, beneficiaries and companies across a broad range of fields. Her focus is on high value, complex litigation as well as emergency relief. Before joining Duncan Cotterill Ayleath worked as a senior associate in the litigation team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London as part of the insurance and financial services group. There she worked on large scale litigation and advice for insurance syndicates and markets, listed companies, financial institutions and regulators.
Ayleath has particular expertise in trust disputes. She has been involved in many high profile trust disputes. This included acting for the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust which successfully stayed the demolition of the Christchurch Cathedral, as well as well known beneficiary and trustee claims such as interests in the Kain v Hutton litigation. Ayleath understands that the mix of commercial enterprises, high value assets and family dynamics can be challenging to manage. Trustees in New Zealand are often the owners of large asset portfolios. The law is constantly evolving in this area and each case is unique. As well as private trusts, she undertakes the restructuring and resettlement of Charitable Trusts, which require Court approval.
As an experienced insurance lawyer, Ayleath also acts on claims against a range of professionals and individuals including accountants, lawyers, builders and contractors.
She also has extensive experience in emergency relief, fraud claims and multi – jurisdictional issues. These are challenging and urgent matters requiring a high degree of precision in execution.
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