Special Counsel

Stephanie Corban

LLB (Hons) / BA
Stephanie is a Special Counsel in our Disputes team. She has been a civil litigator for over 17 years.

Stephanie has a significant insurance practice, including providing advice on professional indemnity claims, cover issues and recoveries. She also deals with a variety of civil matters, including acting for plaintiffs and defendants on property and construction disputes.

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Examples of work completed by Stephanie include:

  • Acting for insurers in relation to a significant number of claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Appearing for the insurer, alongside senior counsel and colleagues, in a 6 week trial which was the first civil trial with an electronic case book in the High Court at Christchurch.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to a complex claim in relation to a significant building damaged in a Wellington earthquake.
  • Advising insurers on the prospects for recovery on various files, including claims involving multi-million dollars losses and up to more than $20 million.
  • Defending solicitors in respect of property related transactions.
  • Several instances of defending solicitors in relation to a claim arising from an alleged conflict of interest.
  • Advising insurers and defending auditors against allegations of breach of contract and negligence in relation to audits completed over a number of years during which time the plaintiff suffered loss due to the theft of monies by an employee.
  • Acting for a construction firm in proceedings brought by the Minister of Education in relation to a school.
  • Acting for architects in relation to a claim by a District Health Board alleging weathertightness issues in two buildings.

Insights & Opinion / Stephanie Corban

Insurance Contract Law – Parliament finally gets to consider long-awaited reforms
In February 2022, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released an exposure draft of the Insurance Contracts Bill (MBIE’s Draft Bill) for public consultation and feedback.  MB...
24.04.2024 Posted in Insurance
Gloriavale and BNZ – where is the line on the right of accessibility to services?
Whether accessibility to banking services is a fundamental right is an issue that is currently before the High Court in the dispute between Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and the Christian Church Community...
07.12.2023 Posted in Insurance
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Supreme Court confirms orthodox approach when interpreting scope of exclusion clause
Napier City Council v Local Government Mutual Funds Trustee Limited [2022] NZCA 422 Background This case arose out of a building defect claim against Napier City Council (the Council) by the Body Cor...
07.08.2023 Posted in Insurance
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Producer Statements Under Scrutiny
Fraudulent building consent documentation puts renewed attention on producer statements Building consent authorities have been checking their records urgently to identify whether they have issued any ...
12.07.2023 Posted in Construction & Disputes & Property
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Court of Appeal to decide whether issuing a Producer Statement can be an offence
Background There has been substantial publicity in recent years about a failed development undertaken by Bella Vista Homes Limited.  After the extent of issues became known, one of the actions taken ...
23.11.2022 Posted in Construction & Disputes
Insurance Contracts Bill – submissions on exposure draft closing soon
As we reported in late February, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking submissions on the exposure draft Insurance Contracts Bill.  Submissions close on 4 May 2022. MB...
20.04.2022 Posted in Insurance
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Transforming insurance law – Insurance Contracts Bill draft released for consultation
Yesterday the New Zealand Government released an exposure draft Insurance Contracts Bill.
25.02.2022 Posted in Insurance