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.

Work highlights Defended Tower Insurance in High Court proceedings brought against it by policyholders following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 on claims totalling NZD25 million.

Notable practitioners

Martin Smith advises both insurers and insured clients on both liability and property insurance and is experienced appearing on matters before the High Court. A source says: "He's got a fine legal analytical mind and a good sense of strategy as well."

Matthew Harris advises insurers on liability claims and property insurance. He has expertise in dispute resolution and regularly represents clients at the High Court. He defended Opus Consultants in a claim brought against one of its surveyors.