Tanya specialises in insurance, cyber, construction and commercial disputes. She is known in the market for her expertise in defending large complex cases, with particular expertise in civil claims, including construction contract disputes, cybersecurity and first response claims, liability and defective building claims and commercial disputes, particularly banking and financial services and securities claims.
A number of Tanya’s matters have been long-running disputes involving novel areas of law, which have provided various precedents for disputes in New Zealand. Most recently she has been leading the defence for one of the director defendants in the two class actions (funded by separate litigation funders), parallel FMA pecuniary penalty proceedings and proceedings on behalf of the two sets of liquidators, arising out of the $747m collapse of NZX listed insurance company CBL Corporation.
With over 20 years’ experience advising insurers, brokers and clients on a range of insurance related matters, she has become a specialist in first response and triaging claims for insurers. She has led and managed a number of sensitive and highly complex security and first response claims associated with cyber and physical attacks, along with the business interruption and fraud issues invariably raised by these events. Tanya’s cyber experience also extends to advising insurers on policy wordings along with working with underwriters and brokers on changes to proposal forms and pre placement due diligence. She also works closely with insurers and brokers to assist with their ongoing cyber insurance training (and wider education for clients). Tanya has significant experience in the liability issues that often arise from a breach, from coverage advice through to acting in litigation arising from a breach.
Tanya has spent the majority of her career acting for liability and general insurers, advising on indemnity issues and defending insured liability claims. Tanya has particular expertise in professional negligence claims for building professionals and consultants, public and product liability policies, construction risks including contract works insurance, directors and officers liability policies, property and business interruption insurance and cyber insurance.
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