Senior Associate

Charlotte Robertson

Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team

Charlotte graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Health Sciences and was admitted to the bar in 2009.  She specialises in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insurance and construction. She has acted in a wide range of insurance and construction disputes, as well as representing clients in statutory investigations and prosecutions. Charlotte acts for a range of clients, from individuals, small and large businesses, to multi-national insurance corporations. She has appeared in a number of tribunals, the District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Charlotte has particular experience in all areas of litigation relating to insurance, including professional indemnity claims against a broad range of professionals (primarily in the construction sector), subrogated recovery, marine and cargo claims and advising on complex coverage issues.  She has also handled a number of complaints to disciplinary bodies such as the New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee. Charlotte also advises clients in respect of investigations and prosecutions under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Health and Safety at Work  Act 2015, where she has had some excellent results.

In 2011 and 2012, Charlotte spent time in London, where she worked at Linklaters LLP and Fenchurch Law, a firm that specialises in assisting insureds with disputes with insurers.  This has given her a different perspective which has been invaluable in understanding the insured’s position when she is dealing with coverage issues. 

More recently, Charlotte undertook further study in respect of maritime law and is focusing on building her transport practice.

Charlotte is a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association and WISTA New Zealand, as well as being a founding member of the New Zealand branch of Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs) Australia and New Zealand Inc.  She is also currently the President of Auckland Coastguard Incorporated. 

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Examples of work completed by Charlotte include:

  • Secondment to a major insurer as Deputy General Counsel;
  • Advising an insurer on policy response resulting in a declinature of a multi-million dollar claim and then acting for the insurer;
  • Acting for various engineers in respect of a claims in for alleged negligence in construction of “leaky” building;
  • Acting for building consultants in respect of claims for alleged negligent remedial work on multi-unit dwellings;
  • Advising and representing duty holders in WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions under the Health and Safety Act 2015;
  • Regularly advising insurers on coverage issues;
  • Representing defendants in multiple WorkSafe prosecutions, as well as prosecutions by Councils for breaches of the Resource Management Act 1991;
  • Acting for solicitors in various High Court proceedings for claims of negligence;
  • Acting for solicitors, real estate agents and builders in respect of complaints and acting in the disciplinary process, including drafting submissions and appearing in tribunal.

Insights & Opinion / Charlotte Robertson

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Limitations on Contribution Claims – will a defendant be left exposed if a claim is filed at the last minute?
Like many jurisdictions, New Zealand has legislation that imposes statutory limitation periods on civil claims.  Under the Limitation Act 2010 (Act) (for claims arising on or after 1 January 2011), t...
22.08.2023 Posted in Construction & Disputes
contracts flying
Is Your Fitness For Purpose Clause Fit For Purpose?
In any claim arising from a construction or supply contract, parties will often look to the contract to see whether there is a fitness for purpose clause.  However, poor drafting can result in confus...
09.08.2023 Posted in Construction & Insurance
Sum Unsure? – 2023 Weather Events a Timely Reminder to Check Limits of Insurance
In light of the significant weather events around the country in 2023, now is a good time for insureds to check the sum insured of their insurance policies to avoid a second crisis. Under-estimating t...
02.06.2023 Posted in Climate Change & Insurance
It’s not “all care, no responsibility”
Director prosecuted for health and safety failures arising from fire that caused significant damage to cargo ship.
29.05.2023 Posted in Health & Safety & Trade and Transport
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Leave refused for second appeal in relation to sentence on sinking fatalities
In May, the Court of Appeal refused to grant leave to Ocean Fisheries Limited (Ocean Fisheries) to further appeal the size of an emotional harm reparation sentence.  Factual Background  In October 2...
20.12.2022 Posted in Health & Safety & Trade and Transport
Fatigue Causes Groundings
Several recent Maritime New Zealand Prosecutions have emphasised the importantance of managing fatigue when operating vessels.
24.08.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport
Force Majeure – Not A Get Out Of Jail Free Card
Woolworths Group Ltd v Twentieth Super Pace Nominees Pty Ltd [2021] NSWSC 344
17.06.2022 Posted in Trade and Transport