Gilbert Walker

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Specialist litigation and arbitration group representing high-profile domestic insurers in the High Court and in appellate proceedings. Known for its advocacy and advisory skills in complex matters that include indemnity and liability disputes, as well as property damage claims. Also demonstrates experience acting on earthquake-related claims.

Strengths The team is characterised by one interviewee as "very smart people with a very strong background in litigation who think at a high level and are able to transition complex issues quickly into action."

Work highlights Acted for Tower Insurance with regard to some 20 High Court and Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal proceedings initiated by policyholders in connection with the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Notable practitioners

Martin Smith
advises on and litigates a broad range of indemnity and property damage matters, on behalf of a predominantly insurer clientele, offering noted experience of earthquake-related mandates. A client observes: "His key skill is to understand complex issues quickly and distil them in such a way that people like me can understand."

Matthew Harris
commands widespread market recognition and respect from market sources as an "excellent lawyer" with a "prominent practice." He advises and advocates across a wide range of indemnity and liability issues for both insurers and insureds.