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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 and Lloyd’s syndicates.

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.

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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
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Insights & Opinion / Insurance

Hesketh Henry Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory as a Leading Firm in 2018
Firm receives recommendations and commentary in 2018 Legal Directories
Insurance Case Law Update April 2017
Our Insurance Law team has written a new publication for LexisNexis, known as Insurance Practical Guidance.  This is the first on-line insurance law product of its kind in New Zealand. This update pr...
18.04.2017 Posted in Insurance Law
Insurance Case Law Update September 2017
September 2016 Our Insurance Law team has written a new on-line publication for LexisNexis, known as “Insurance Practical Guidance“.  It is the first on-line insurance product of its kind...
19.09.2016 Posted in Insurance Law
Insurance Case Law Update December 2015
In this insurance law update, we summarise significant decisions released in the second half of 2015.
17.12.2015 Posted in Insurance Law
Insurance Case Law Update July 2015
Download full article In this update, we summarise significant decisions released in the first half of 2015. It has been a busy June, with various substantive judgments released by the High Court and ...
3.07.2015 Posted in Insurance Law
Insurance Case Law Update December 2014
In this update, we summarise significant insurance decisions released in the latter part of 2014. Litigation arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes continues its progress through the levels of appe...
23.12.2014 Posted in Insurance Law
Crystal Imports Ltd v Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London [2013] NZHC 3513
Like Ridgecrest, Marriott and Wild South,[1] this claim concerns damage sustained by an insured property in successive earthquake events.  The question arising in all of these claims is whether the i...
28.04.2014 Posted in Insurance Law
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