LLB (Hons), BSc, Solicitor
Annie Cao
Annie is part of our national Dispute Resolution Team and has a BSc/LLB(Hons) degree from the University of Auckland.  Prior to joining Wynn Williams in 2016, she worked as a High Court Judges' Clerk in Auckland.
Annie works on a broad range of matters including commercial disputes, earthquake claims, insurance, relationship property and personal and corporate insolvency.  Annie also has experience in local government litigation and has advised both the public and private sector on complex local government and resource management issues. 
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

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    Do not let the unlucky submission closing date of Friday 13 July 2018 put you off having a say in the Government's review of insurance contract law.

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    The final word on disclosure of trust information to beneficiaries

    The Supreme Court in Erceg v Erceg [2017] NZSC 28 has confirmed the court's important role in supervising trustee decisions to not disclose information to beneficiaries. In clarifying the scope of the court's supervisory role, this decision should assist beneficiaries in holding trustees to account.

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    Scope widened on National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities

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    The New Framework to Regenerate Christchurch

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    Next steps for Fresh Water: Consultation Document

    The Government is currently seeking feedback on its proposed changes to the way fresh water is managed. A consultation document published last month acknowledges the multitude of pressures on fresh water resources such as the discharge of pollutants, erosion, the effects of climate change and irrigation. Such pressures have led to declining water quality and over-allocation in many freshwater bodies.

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