BA (Hons), LLM, LLB (Hons), Senior Associate
Stephanie Woods
Stephanie is part of our national Dispute Resolution Team.  Her recent experience has been primarily in acting for parties in a range of trust related disputes, acting for plaintiffs in earthquake insurance disputes, and acting for a range of insurers and insureds in professional indemnity matters.  She also has a strong interest in professional ethics and in public law related disputes, both at a local and central government level.

Stephanie was a Clerk to the Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias, during 2008-2009 and completed a LLM at Harvard University during 2010-2011 specialising in public law, professional ethics and tort law.

"I enjoy developing enduring relationships with clients and providing practical solutions to complex disputes."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • Appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal in a trustee removal dispute.
  • Assisting in the settlement of a large scale residential earthquake claim.
  • Assisting in proceedings related to principles of contractual interpretation as applied to a company constitution.
  • Assisting in a High Court claim relating to an expert determination.
  • The following are examples of Stephanie's legal work whilst at another law firm:
  • Providing a range of advice relating to appointment and removal of trustees, rights of beneficiaries, and the scope of trustee powers and duties.
  • Acting for valuers, engineers, solicitors and other professionals in professional negligence and breach of contract claims.
  • Acting for solicitors and psychologists in relation to complaints to professional bodies and to the Health and Disability Commissioner.
  • Assisting individuals, trusts and companies in settling Christchurch earthquake damage claims with insurers.
  • Providing advice to clients in relation to earthquake claims around policy scope, insurer obligations, and interaction between policy wording and legislation and local government regulations.
  • Providing advice to clients in relation to red zone offers and Council offers to purchase earthquake damaged land.
  • Providing advice to insurers regarding policy coverage and indemnity issues.
  • Providing advice to clients on privacy law obligations in a range of contexts.

Recent Articles

18/05/2017

Proposed changes to voidable transactions: feedback sought

The Government's Insolvency Working Group has this week issued its second report, which includes its recommendations on changes to the voidable transactions regime. Two key changes are proposed.

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8/05/2017

Debtor delays – strategic considerations on debtor appeal

You have obtained judgment against your debtor in the District Court or the High Court and are looking towards your enforcement options, such as bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings. But what if the debtor decides to appeal the decision – can you still enforce the judgment?

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14/08/2015

The rule against self-dealing

An important principle in the law of trusts is that a trustee must not, with some very limited exceptions, place themselves in a position in which duty and interest conflict. This is known as the rule against self-dealing. The Supreme Court has recently considered this rule in a decision in the context of ahu whenua trusts established under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 (Act).

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Reported Decisions

  • Ngāti Te Ata v New Zealand Steel Mining Ltd [2016] NZAR 38
  • Powell v Powell [2015] NZAR 1886

Publications

  • Regulation of biotechnology [2009] NZLJ 388.
  • Judicial Immunity: State Immunity? [2012] NZLJ 6.



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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 11, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609
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