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.

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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 2019.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2019.

Insights & Opinion / Insurance Disputes

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 ...
03.07.2015 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
Marriott v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZHC 3120
This claim, Wild South and Crystal Imports[1] all involve the application of an automatic reinstatement clause in a policy, in circumstances where the insured property sustains damage in successive ea...
28.04.2014 Posted in Insurance Law
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