Insurance Department

New Zealand
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MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ dedicated insurance team has significant international experience in the insurance industry. The team’s clients include major insurers and brokers, government entities, companies and individuals.

The team provides a full range of cost-effective legal services, bring industry understanding to the challenges clients face, and keep clients at the forefront of relevant legal and regulatory changes.

Advising on ‘front end’ needs, including policy drafting and advice, corporate advisory, reinsurance and agency agreements, the team is also experienced in bringing and defending litigation relating to complex and high value insurance issues.

The team regularly advise on claims relating to professional indemnity, directors and officers liability, reinsurance, general public liability, product liability, statutory liabilities, and property damage. The team is actively involved in current issues such as drafting new forms of policy for major insurance, cyber insurance and warranty insurance claims.

  • Representing EQC in various claims arising out of the Canterbury Earthquakes
  • Acted for Aon in proceedings brought against it by former client Lyttelton Port Company
  • Acted as defence counsel for Ritchies and its insurer, AIG, in a major prosecution brought by WorkSafe
  • Advised Youi on the sale of its NZ insurance portfolio to Tower Insurance Limited (being around 34,000 in-force policies)
  • MAS’ sole provider of Canterbury earthquake claims resolution and litigation legal services


Horne, Andrew (Head of Department)

Frith, Nick

Muir, Jeremy

Shortall, Stacey




AMP Life

Aon New Zealand

Earthquake Commission


Medical Assurance Society