Christina Bryant

LLB (Hons) MA (Medical Ethics & Law) (KCL)
Christina is a partner in the Disputes Team at Hesketh Henry.

Christina joined Hesketh Henry in 2003, and became a partner in 2006. Her practice area is civil litigation and arbitration, and she has specialist expertise in professional indemnity insurance, construction and property disputes. An experienced trial lawyer, she represents clients at all levels of the court system and in Public and Government Inquiries.

Christina is an author of LexisNexis Insurance Practical Guidance, and presents regularly on issues arising in the professional services and construction sectors. She practised in London for a specialist professional indemnity firm, and is qualified as a solicitor in both New Zealand (1995) and England and Wales (2000)(non-practising).

Christina is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific Directory as an expert in insurance, real estate and construction. She is described as providing “great practical advice tailored to clients’ businesses”.

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Examples of work completed by Christina include:

  • Savvy Vineyards 3552 Ltd v Kakara Estate Ltd [2015] 1 NZLR 281 (SC).  Leading NZ authority on the assignment and novation of contracts.
  • Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v Genesis Power Ltd and Rolls-Royce New Zealand Ltd including [2005] 1 NZLR 324 (CA), [2006] 3 NZLR 794 (HC) and various unreported judgments.  Defence of a multi-million dollar claim for alleged defects in a cogeneration plant at Kinleith Mill.
  • I-Health Ltd v iSoft NZ Ltd [2012] 1 NZLR 379 (CA).  Enforcement of a limitation provision capping damages in a multi million dollar contract dispute in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Watts & Hughes Construction Ltd v Complete Siteworks Co Ltd (2014)  22 PRNZ 397 (CA).  Enforcement of a progress payment claim under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 in the Court of Appeal.
  • Savvy Vineyards 3784 Ltd v Arck Ltd [2015] NZCA 534. Enforcement of options under supply contracts (Court of Appeal).
  • West v West [2017] NZHC 3110. Defence of a firm of solicitors in a family property dispute.
  • Newhaven Waldorf Management Ltd v Allen [2015] NZHC 2770, (2015) 17 NZCPR 176. Enforcement of an encumbrance protecting management rights in a multi-building development complex.
  • Representing a structural engineering firm at the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the CTV building.
  • Acting for professional service providers in professional conduct proceedings, Public and Government Inquiries, Health and Disability Commissioner investigations and coroner’s inquests.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommends Partner, Christina Bryant
  • Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2019 (Accreditation: Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2019 (Published: July 2019). For further information please visit

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Insurance Case Law Update April 2017
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18.04.2017 Posted in Insurance Law
Clarification of retentions requirements for construction contracts
The retentions regime comes into force on 31 March 2017
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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