MA (Oxon), Inner Temple, Senior Associate
Richard Hargreaves
Richard has an honours degree in Law from Oxford University.  He was admitted to the bar in England in 2010, and started at Wynn Williams in 2012.

Richard is a civil litigator with a background in insurance law.  He acts in a wide range of insurance and commercial disputes, with a focus on professional indemnity work.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific describes Richard as "personable, technically sound'...play[ing] a key role in the practice." 

"I take a practical approach to factual disputes, and an academic approach to questions of law."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • Defending professional engineers, builders, building inspectors and real estate agents in the High Court, District Court, and professional disciplinary hearings.
  • Defending lines companies and international insurers in respect of large-scale forest fires and power surges.
  • Advising an international insurer in respect of a property claim concerning arson and murder.
  • Defending real estate agents in a case concerning the sale of a property contaminated by methamphetamine.
  • Defending a leading domestic insurer in numerous High Court Earthquake List proceedings.
  • Acting for residential and commercial policyholders in the High Court Earthquake List.
  • Defending a significant domestic insurer in tribunal claims regarding fraudulent claims on credit contract indemnity insurance policies.
  • Debt recovery work for builders against large, government-backed, construction management companies.

Recent Articles

10/01/2018

Tenants' liability for damage – High Court ruling

The Court of Appeal in Holler v Osaki confirmed that a residential tenant who damages their landlord's property carelessly can not be sued by their landlord in respect of the damage. In November 2017, the High Court released a new judgment on tenants' liability, in Linklater v Dickinson.

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15/01/2016

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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17/04/2013

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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8/04/2013

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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24/10/2012

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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