Rob Coltman


I am a commercial litigation and dispute resolution partner, with a focus on regulatory, construction, insurance, insolvency and recovery actions. 

In the regulatory area, I regularly defend prosecutions under health and safety legislation, principally on instructions from insurers and am a former member of the Auckland District Law Society Health and Safety Law Committee. I am also an experienced practitioner in the field of enforceable undertakings.

In the insurance sector, I advise insurers on professional risks claims including the defence of statutory prosecutions, a broad range of fire and general claims, as well as life and health insurance.

Outside of the insurance sector, I act in construction disputes, insolvency disputes and have undertaken recovery work for a range of corporates and institutions.

Recent work includes:

•     Acting for a leading stevedoring company in respect of Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe
•     Acting for a variety of PCBU’s in relation to serious injury and fatality accidents including private
•     Acting for parties under investigation by the Commerce Commission and defending subsequent
•     Recovery proceedings in a variety of sectors such as marine, construction and insolvency.
•     Construction disputes ranging from inner city commercial buildings to superyachts, through either High
      Court proceedings, arbitration or mediation.
•     Acting for insurers in several High Court proceedings in the Canterbury Earthquake list.
•     Acting for liquidators in the Court of Appeal in respect of a voidable transaction claim.

I co-lead the firm’s membership of Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC), a formal alliance of leading insurance law experts comprised of high-performing independent firms across the world that specialise in insurance law. GILC delivers a global reach and depth of service that no one firm can deliver on its own. I am also a contributing author to legal texts published by Chambers and Partners. 

I am recognised as a recommended insurance and dispute resolution lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 directory.