Jonathan Scragg


I specialise in commercial disputes and have particular experience managing large, complex cases. I regularly appear as counsel in the Courts and in mediation and have appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court as well as in various specialist tribunals.

I am engaged in a wide range of commercial litigation and disputes work. My practice includes contract, defamation, estate, insolvency, insurance, judicial review, property, professional liability & discipline and trust disputes.

I am the chair of Duncan Cotterill's partnership and board. I also lead the firm’s Wellington litigation and dispute resolution team.

I am recognised as a 'Leading Individual' by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 legal directory for insurance work, with a client commenting that "[t]he firm has a strong specialist litigation team, including partner Jonathan Scragg". I am the immediate past president of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association Inc (NZILA) and a member of the Presidential Council of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA). I have been in practice for almost 20 years and in that time have worked at a leading litigation firm in London, and as a judge’s clerk at the High Court.

I am a contributing author to various legal texts published by LexisNexis, Chambers and Partners and Thomson Reuters and speak regularly at industry events and conferences on dispute resolution and insurance law. I am admitted in England and Wales and a former recipient of the Cleary Memorial Prize.