MA (Oxon), Inner Temple, Associate
Richard Hargreaves
Richard has an Honours degree in Law from Oxford University.  He was called to the English bar in 2010, as a member of the Inner Temple, London.

After moving to New Zealand, Richard tutored several Law subjects at the University of Canterbury before joining Wynn Williams in 2012.

Richard acts both for insurers and policyholders in insurance disputes, including earthquake litigation, fire and general, and credit-related insurance.  He has a particular interest in marine insurance and carriage of goods by sea. 

He appears in the High Court on Earthquake List matters and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. 

"I enjoy analysing complicated and industry-specific facts, applying the law to further my clients' cause."
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.


Recent Projects

  • Representing builders and engineers in disciplinary tribunals and review hearings, in respect of complaints.
  • Providing policy and claims advice to a leading domestic credit contract insurer.
  • Acting for Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited in a number of High Court Earthquake List cases.
  • Acting for policyholders in relation to damaged machinery shipped to New Zealand by sea.
  • Advising Christchurch policyholders in relation to rockfall in Port Hills Red Zone.
  • Acting for an insurer in relation to a coastal maritime collision.
  • Conducting litigation concerning electricity infrastructure, power surges and damage caused to network assets.
  • Negotiating settlements of large-scale forest fire claims, including Forest and Rural Fires Act recoveries.
  • Advising policyholders in relation to earthquake disputes with EQC and their private insurers.

Recent Articles


Legal Defence Costs and the Limits of Professional Indemnity Insurance

The Court of Appeal confirmed last month that professional indemnity insurers can apply a very strict interpretation of which business activities are insured under a PI policy. Just because an activity is part of a business enterprise does not mean cover applies for any and all professional liability which may arise.

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Insurance Contracts to be bound by fairness?

On the evening of Wednesday 17 April, Craig Foss, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, proposed without prior announcement an amendment to the Consumer Law Reform Bill, specifically targeted at insurance contracts. A Supplementary Order Paper released on 10 July 2013 makes substantive amendments to the Consumer Law Reform Bill, alleviating the concerns raised in the following article.

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Behind the media coverage: the impact of O'Loughlin v Tower Insurance

The impact of the Christchurch Residential Red Zone on insurance claims was clarified on Friday (5 April 2013) by Justice Asher of the High Court in O’Loughlin v Tower Insurance.

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The Insurance and Savings Ombudsman: Challenging your Insurer following the Canterbury Earthquakes

When choosing house insurance, you place your trust in the insurance company.  So when an earthquake damages your home, and the carefully-selected insurer does not respond in the way you expect, the financial loss, disappointment and frustration can be devastating.

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Reported Decisions

  • Kraal v Earthquake Commission [2015] 2 NZLR 589

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