Stephen Caradus

Senior Associate

I am a litigation and disputes resolution specialist with experience across a broad range of areas and have acted in high value claims for insurers, financiers, companies and private individuals. My primary interests are debt recovery, insolvency, and trust litigation.

I have over fifteen years’ experience in debt recovery and insolvency work. This includes working with banks, financiers, liquidators and receivers. I have been involved in some of New Zealand’s highest profile liquidations and receiverships, before and after the Global Financial Crisis. I regular give presentations in this area, including a presentation to the Institute of Directors on debt recovery. I understand the commercial drivers to debt recovery and work with clients to ensure their terms of trade, invoicing and in-house procedures limit the exposure to bad debts in the first place. Where debt recovery is required, my work is practical and cost effective.

I also have a particular interest in trust law, including applications for the removal of trustees, access to trust information, supervision of trustee actions, hostile litigation between beneficiaries, Family Protection Act claims and trustee applications for directions. I advise a number of charitable trusts on trustee duties and the variations of charitable purposes. I have presented to the Institute of Directors and to the NZLS CLE on trust issues.

I have appeared at District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels.