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Christina Bryant, Partner, Hesketh Henry

T:  + 64 9 375 8789
M: + 64 21 615 083
F:  + 64 9 365 5289
E: christina.bryant@heskethhenry.co.nz


LLB (Hons) MA (Medical Ethics & Law) (KCL)


Christina is a partner in the Litigation and Disputes Resolution Team at Hesketh Henry.

Christina joined Hesketh Henry in 2003, becoming a partner in 2006.  Her practice includes a broad range of complex, high-value civil litigation claims.  She has specialist expertise in construction and insurance litigation and an on-going interest in health law.

Examples of her work include:

  • Savvy Vineyards 3552 Ltd v Kakara Estate Ltd [2015] 1 NZLR 281 (SC).  Leading NZ authority on the assignment and novation of contracts.
  • Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v Genesis Power Ltd and Rolls-Royce New Zealand Ltd including [2005] 1 NZLR 324 (CA), [2006] 3 NZLR 794 (HC) and various unreported judgments.  Defence of a multi-million dollar claim for alleged defects in a cogeneration plant at Kinleith Mill.
  • I-Health Ltd v iSoft NZ Ltd [2012] 1 NZLR 379 (CA).  Enforcement of a limitation provision capping damages in a multi million dollar contract dispute in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Watts & Hughes Construction Ltd v Complete Siteworks Co Ltd (2014)  22 PRNZ 397 (CA).  Enforcement of a progress payment claim under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 in the Court of Appeal.
  • Savvy Vineyards 3784 Ltd v Arck Ltd [2015] NZCA534. Exercise of an option (Court of Appeal).
  • Representing a structural engineering firm at the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the CTV building.
  • Defending a national construction company in a $20 million claim for building defects in a tower apartment complex.
  • Re Maguire (dec’d) [2010] 2 NZLR 845.  Obligations of executors and trustees to disclose information to residual beneficiaries under a will.
  • Acting for healthcare providers in Health and Disability Commissioner investigations, professional conduct proceedings and coronial inquiries.



New Zealand Law Firm Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2018-761 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Directory individually recommended Partner, Christina Bryant in the Insurance and Real estate and construction categories

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  • Society of Construction Law New Zealand Inc.
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association.
  • Auckland Medico-Legal Society.
  • New Zealand Law Society


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