Lena Saad


Lena specialises in complex investigations and disputes, focusing on commercial, regulatory and insurance matters.

She advises corporates and directors on a variety of commercial disputes. This includes directors’ duties, contractual issues, company law and property matters.

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Lena regularly assists clients in defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions involving WorkSafe, Department of Conservation, Maritime NZ, FMA and the Commerce Commission, among other regulators.

She advises international and domestic insurers on indemnity issues as well as assisting policyholders in defending liability claims. These include directors’ and officers’, professional indemnity, statutory liability, and other liability policies across financial and casualty lines.

Having worked in both private legal practice (at boutique and large firms) and in-house for one of Australasia’s leading insurers, Lena has a well-rounded understanding of clients’ needs and provides solution-focused advice to support their objectives. Commerciality and pragmatism are central to her approach.

Recent highlights

  • Advising directors on a range of directors’ duties and disputes including prejudiced shareholder proceedings.
  • Representing clients in arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to resolve corporate and commercial issues.
  • Advising directors on insurance cover including directors’ and officers’ policies.
  • Representing clients through all stages of regulatory investigations and prosecutions by a variety of regulators.
  • Advising insurers on indemnity issues across financial and casualty insurance lines.

Lena's insights

Can banks terminate unpopular customers? 

12 September 2023

Publication: Covering the New Zealand insurance market 2023

28 August 2023

Supreme Court clarifies liability for breach of directors' duties and extent of damages in latest Mainzeal decision – and reiterates call for review of the Act

25 August 2023

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He tāngata

  • Member of the Diocesan School Alumnae Association board.
  • Immediate past president of New Zealand YIPs.
  • Past member of the NZLS AYL committee.


  • Two secondments to insurer clients as Liability Claims Counsel.
  • Member of NZILA.
  • Member of RITANZ.
  • Member of NZSBA.
  • Member of the Insurance Network.


  • Insurance Business Rising Star/Young Gun.


“Lena, thank you for your support and assistance with this matter. It is an excellent result. We are thoroughly impressed with your work again.”
Feedback from a client following a health and safety investigation by WorkSafe where WorkSafe decided not to prosecute.

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