Wotton + Kearney

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Respected for its proven track record and wide-ranging expertise in complex insurance disputes. The group is recognised in particular for its handling of high-profile litigation, including professional indemnity disputes. It is also noted for its efficacy advising insurers on new policy wording.

Strengths Clients confirm that "they know insurance products inside and out," and possess a "broad range of expertise with industry-leading cyber skills."

Another client says: "They are very approachable and you can totally trust that if you hand something to them they can give the practical advice that you're looking for."

Work highlights Defended Peak Reinsurance in a NZD43.75 million reinsurance dispute with its cedent, Tower Insurance, regarding an adverse development cover purchased by Tower.

Advised an engineering practice on a NZD13 million multiparty defective building claim in the Tauranga High Court regarding allegations that the structural engineering work conducted by the insured led to building defects.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Antony Holden is appreciated by clients for being "very approachable and good at giving options to resolve matters." He advises a variety of clients including insurers, reinsurers and financial institutions on insurance claims. One pleased client notes that he is "highly professional and able to provide well thought through advice in ad hoc conversations, always followed up with more detailed written advice."