Sean McIntyre


I am an associate in the Christchurch litigation team. I provide advice across a broad range of civil litigation and dispute resolution matters. I enjoy helping clients work through legal problems by understanding the nature of the issues and working to achieve practical outcomes, whether through alternative dispute resolution or in Court. 

I regularly provide advice in relation to commercial disputes, property disputes (leases and sale & purchase agreements), defective building work, insurance disputes including indemnity advice, and debt recovery. I also assist clients facing regulatory investigations and prosecutions.  

Some of my work includes:

  • Acting for insurers and homeowners in relation to large residential insurance claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. 
  • Acting on a number of prosecutions brought by WorkSafe, including a case involving a fatality. 
  • Acting on a number of investigations and prosecutions brought under the Resource Management Act, including prosecutions for chemical spills.
  • Acting for purchasers in relation to a vendor’s breach of warranties under a sale and purchase agreement. 
  • Providing advice to the underlying Body Corporate Committee of one of New Zealand’s most prestigious hotels.
  • Providing advice and acting on a number of cases involving defective building work, against builders and professionals including engineers and architects. 
  • Acting for a large livestock broker in relation to claims brought by a financier.

Before joining Duncan Cotterill, I worked at a boutique law firm involved in a wide range of civil litigation. I started my career as a Judges’ clerk in the Christchurch District Court gaining experience across every area of law.