Expertise

Insurance

Overview
Astute advice and action that protects the financial health and reputation of leading insurers

Hesketh Henry fields one of New Zealand’s largest and most experienced insurance defence and litigation teams. We’ve been advising and acting for insurers for more than 100 years and our insurance lawyers work for a variety of local and offshore insurance companies.

Feedback from clients who have experienced other insurance law firms tells us that our point of difference is our ability to provide commercially-sensible solutions that are timely and effective. We aim to deliver optimal results in an efficient, and cost-conscious manner every time.

This pragmatic approach to legal advice does more than simply reduce claim costs and legal expenses; ultimately it assists with clients’ brand and reputation building, while also fostering strong relationships with brokers and insureds.

Another factor that gives us an edge in the insurance law arena is the accessibility of our senior partners. They don’t work in an ivory tower; they are actively engaged with the day-to-day business of providing exceptional insurance law services.

Reflecting the depth of our insurance team’s knowledge, Hesketh Henry was invited to author the LexisNexis Practical Guidance on Insurance Law in 2016, a first-of-its-kind online publication designed to assist companies in the insurance industry.

Need advice on Insurance?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.
Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising NZ insureds and underwriters on cyber-breaches, including statutory obligations (eg privacy), contractual obligations to customers, and rights and remedies against counter-parties / third parties, in high pressure / time sensitive circumstances. This involves liaising with key stakeholders, such as senior management, crisis response teams, media advisors, and external IT / cyber-security experts;
  • Advising on various issues including, most frequently, as to whether the subject matter of a given claim (i.e. the particular nature of goods or services provided by and insured) falls within the scope of cover; and
  • Advising an energy company on the adequacy of its D&O cover for the divestment of certain assets
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Insurance Team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Insurance

D&O INDEMNITY AND INSURANCE UPDATE: A ‘HARD MARKET’
D&O Indemnity And Insurance Update: A ‘Hard Market’
05.11.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance Law
Government calls time on Dodds litigation
Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited v Dodds [2020] NZCA 395
Entitlement to Indemnity under Marine Transit Insurance
The decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia in Swashplate Pty Ltd v Liberty Mutual Insurance Company trading as Liberty International Underwriters addresses the issue of when risk attaches pur...
Salisbury Street Victory
On 10 September 2020, Osborne J delivered the long-awaited judgment in Body Corporate 335089 v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd and Body Corporate 341154 v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd.[1]  The judg...
16.09.2020 Posted in Insurance Law
The City’s Breaking and Everybody’s Shaking
Climate change and its effect on contract risk in the construction industry
14.09.2020 Posted in Construction Law
Losses caused by 2011 earthquakes not a “series of losses”
Moore v IAG New Zealand Limited [2020] NZCA 319
12.08.2020 Posted in Insurance Law
COVID-19: Industries interrupted: A call for clarity in respect of Business Interruption Cover
Understandably, businesses worldwide are looking for financial support to offset losses flowing from the restrictions governments have placed on how we can conduct business as part of global and local responses to control the spread of COVID-19.
13.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Insurance Law
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