Wynn Williams Lawyers

Insurance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for An experienced team of litigators operating from Auckland and Christchurch. Noted for its work in resolving earthquake and natural disaster claims for commercial and domestic firms and its substantial expertise advising estate agents and financial advisers on professional indemnity matters and fraud claims. Also extensive experience in fraud, health and life and travel claims.

Strengths Sources praise the team's business acumen and analytic skills, one interviewee noting: "They are a safe set of hands, and have bright lawyers who think outside of the box and are open to talking about ideas."

Another interviewee comments that the team is "excellent in legal analysis, strategic advice, advocacy and communication skills."

Work highlights Represented a meat processing company against a supplier that was attempting to implement a revised pricing regime mid-contract, in a NZD3 million case.

Notable practitioners

Richard Hern has considerable experience as a trial lawyer in the area of insurance law and is particularly noted for his work on health and life issues and statutory liability. He additionally advises insurers on risk management and professional indemnity issues. One client testifies: "He is very personable, able to pick things up quickly and give a good idea of strategy of what we should be done. He has a good service turnaround and is always available."