DLA Piper New Zealand

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Acclaimed group recognised for its global, regional and national depth of practice, bolstered by the integration of insurance expertise across the firm's international network. A substantial full-service offering advising on contentious and non-contentious matters, with a spread of expertise across all sectors and many overseas jurisdictions. Particular areas of strength in regulatory compliance and complex litigation proceedings relating to property damage and product liability claims. Regularly acts on cases at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Strengths The team is praised by one client for its "thorough understanding of the issues" and for being "highly responsive when tight deadlines need to be met."

Another interviewee appreciates that the "legal opinion is clear and concise."

Work highlights Acted for IAG New Zealand in a test case regarding whether the reinstatement benefit under a residential property insurance can be assigned to a purchaser of the property in relation to a residential property that sustained earthquake damage.

Defended Allianz Australia Insurance against a NZD750,000 claim by QBE alleging that both insurers were on risk for damage to a building in the 2010 Christchurch earthquake.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Laband is complimented by a client for her "very sharp legal mind and sound understanding of insurance law." She regularly advises clients including insurers, brokers and insured corporations on litigation matters at the High Court involving material damage, business interruption and liability issues.

Peter Leman is described by a satisfied client as "very approachable, practical," while another appreciates that he has a "deep understanding of insurance law and keeps abreast of the key issues in our sector." His practice focuses on property coverage issues and liability disputes including issues arising from the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes.