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 all New Zealand Courts 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. Within the insurance sector my particular area of expertise is in professional indemnity, advising accountants, brokers, directors, engineers, financial advisers, health professionals, lawyers and property professionals including architects, real estate agents, surveyors and valuers.

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 2022 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 a member of the Presidential Council of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA) and a past president of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association Inc (NZILA). I have been in practice for 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.