Geoff Turner


Geoff’s expertise is in insurance claims litigation and policy drafting together with other civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures.

His insurance practice has two distinct aspects, being traditional general and liability insurance, and niche commercial and financial instrument bonds.

The traditional aspects encompass complex arsons and frauds together with MD and BI claims, Broadform liability risks, professional negligence (lawyers, engineers and project managers), travel claims, fire defences and recoveries.

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Allied to this aspect is policy drafting, particular one-off wordings for speciality risks, together with conversion of foreign wordings to be locally compliant.

Geoff’s niche aspect encompasses commercial bonds covering a vast array of circumstances ranging through construction, insolvency of travel agents, deposit payments on buildings yet to be commenced, continuing solvency of companies against specific risks, builders warranty defects non-completion and loss of deposits.

His insurance practice is trans-Tasman, and is dual qualified in two States of Australia as well as in New Zealand.

Geoff is passionate about sport and he has had a long involvement with both the prosecution of, and defence of athletes in both disciplinary matters and doping infractions.

Recent highlights

  • Defence Counsel for a high profile director in one of New Zealand’s largest corporate class actions regulators litigation.

Geoff's insights

Can banks terminate unpopular customers? 

12 September 2023

School led property projects and maintenance: changes to retentions regime

4 September 2023

Publication: Covering the New Zealand insurance market 2023

28 August 2023

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He tāngata

  • Honorary solicitor for many community bodies and local community groups.


  • Dual qualified in both Australia and New Zealand.

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