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 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
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
Class Actions – Supreme Court rules it’s “opt-out”, Law Commission Issues Paper imminent
Following the Supreme Court decision in Southern Response v Ross [2020] NZSC 126 the Law Commission is now set to release its Issues Paper on Class Actions and Litigation Funding on 4 December 2020. ...
03.12.2020 Posted in Disputes & Insurance
Government calls time on Dodds litigation
Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited v Dodds [2020] NZCA 395
25.09.2020 Posted in Disputes & Insurance
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
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
Winter Insurance Update
Welcome to our winter insurance update - June 2019
03.07.2019 Posted in Insurance