Stephen Caradus

Senior Associate

Stephen is an accomplished practitioner in litigation and disputes resolution, possessing a diverse range of expertise spanning across a variety of sectors. He has a proven track record at quasi-judicial, District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court levels

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Stephen has a wealth of experience in trust and testamentary litigation, including presenting seminars through New Zealand Law Society CLE on various trust and relationship property issues. He offers regular counsel to private, corporate and professional trustees, encompassing topics such as trustee duties, disclosure, trust powers, beneficiary disputes and hostile litigation, along with Family Protection and Relationship Property claims.

Stephen also plays a pivotal role in coordinating Duncan Cotterill’s insolvency and debt recovery teams, leveraging his expertise to navigate complex legal issues for liquidators, company officers and creditors alike. He has a reputation for providing fast, effective, and pragmatic solutions.

Stephen is a member of RITANZ.

Recent highlights

  • Halswell Prestige Limited v Datsun Holdings Limited [2021] NZHC 2292.

  • Gavin v Powell [2018] NZHC 2866; [2019] NZHC 1277; [2021] NZHC 550.

  • Gan v Wilfred [2013] NZHC 535; [2013] NZCA 285; [2013] NZCA 295; [2013] NZSC 75.

  • Wightman v Public Trust [2013] NZHC 2771; [2014] NZHC 3124; [2015] NZHC 1091.

Stephen's insights

Limitation of liability clauses upheld by the High Court

18 April 2024

Not-for-profits in New Zealand: what are the top five legal risks for NFPs?

16 April 2024

Disruption needed in personal banking services - Commerce Commission

25 March 2024

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