Insurance Disputes

Targeted legal advice to assist insurance companies with claim disputes

Hesketh Henry has one of New Zealand’s most experienced and successful teams of insurance defence and litigation lawyers. We advise local and offshore insurance companies, as well as Lloyd’s syndicates.

When it comes to an insurance claim dispute, you can count on us for pragmatic, cost-effective advice that protects your brand and works with your overall business strategy. While we’re confident about representing our insurance clients in court, we believe that alternative dispute resolution is often the best approach.

Our insurance law team can help to manage and resolve insurance disputes across your entire product suite, including all forms of liability, life insurance, professional indemnity, business interruption and construction insurance. Our expertise also extends to marine, land transport and aviation insurance.

The accessibility to senior partners gives Hesketh Henry a competitive edge in the insurance law arena. Partners are actively involved 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, a first-of-its-kind online publication designed to assist stakeholders of the insurance industry.

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

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising D&O insurers in claims alleging the misleading of investors in public offerings, and in other cases breach of the anti-cartel provision of the Commerce Act;
  • Acting on behalf of solicitors, engineers, architects, project managers, and their insurers in numerous claims alleging breach of professional obligations eg Eaton v LDC Finance Ltd [2013] NZHC 1242 and associated judgments (claim for dishonest assistance made against a large NZ law firm arising out of the collapse of two finance companies);
  • Advising a consortium of Lloyd’s syndicates in respect of a series of claims under mortgage lender’s policies brought by several New Zealand finance companies and/or their receivers; and
  • Defending general insurers in numerous proceedings in Canterbury regarding the scope and adequacy of earthquake remedial works.
Key Contacts
Insurance Team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.

Insights & Opinion / Insurance Disputes

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
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
Xu v IAG New Zealand Ltd [2019] NZSC 68
The Right to Replacement: It’s Personal
22.07.2019 Posted in Insurance Law
Winter Insurance Update
Welcome to our winter insurance update - June 2019
03.07.2019 Posted in Insurance Law
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
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