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.

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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
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Hesketh Henry's Insurance Team ranked in Band 3 in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 Directory.
Insurance Team ranked Tier 2 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2021.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Insurance

The High Court clarifies the liability of ‘officers’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
The High Court has clarified the due diligence duty imposed on ‘officers’ of a PCBU. Due diligence is not limited to obligations of governance, but will depend on the nature of the PCBU and the role the officer occupies in it.
17.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Health & Safety
English Supreme Court rejects universal application of “gold standard” for disclosure of arbitrators’ interests
Justice must both be done, and be seen to be done.
10.02.2021 Posted in Insurance & Maritime & Trade and Commodities
Class Actions – Supreme Court rules it’s “opt-out”, Law Commission Issues Paper imminent
Following the Supreme Court decision in Southern Response v Ross [2020] NZSC 126 the Law Commission is now set to release its Issues Paper on Class Actions and Litigation Funding on 4 December 2020. ...
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
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...
16.09.2020 Posted in Insurance & Maritime & Trade and Commodities
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
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