Published on 11/12/2019
Wynn Williams has once again been recognised as a leading firm in this year’s rankings by Chambers and Partners.
 
The firm has been recognised for its legal prowess and client service delivery in Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy & Natural Resources and Insurance.
 
Amanda Douglas and Ash Hill have been recognised for their leading skill set in the areas of employment and corporate respectively and the following teams have received the following recommendations:
 
Insurance

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."

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."
 
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Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
A comprehensive offering of expertise in employment, insurance, and trusts and estates litigation. Also recognised for its work in environmental prosecutions and enforcement actions under the Resource Management Act 1991. Its clients include private businesses, government entities, high net worth families and charitable trusts.
 
Strengths
A client praises the team's "strategic advice and assistance with decision-making, with a comprehensive knowledge of possible litigation paths and alternative dispute resolution options to inform that decision-making."
 
Another client highlights the team's focus on client service, commenting: "Their relationship management is excellent."
 
Jeremy Johnson is described as "a very good communicator and client-focused" by a client who goes on to add: "He has a very good depth of understanding of the law." He is a practitioner of note in the area of commercial disputes and arbitration and regularly acts in high-value cases for corporations and high net worth individuals.
 
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Resource Management

What the team is known for
Respected firm with a presence in Christchurch and Auckland. Well known for its work in the water sector, with considerable expertise advising on freshwater management and land plan issues. Also assists with development projects and advises on resource consents and liability through to appeals. Adept at handling matters in relation to the Resource Management Act 1991 and earthquake recovery legislation.
 
Strengths
One appreciative client praises the service provision offered by the team's lawyers, stating: "They provide really good coverage on a wide variety of issues. I'm really impressed by their level of attention to detail, professionalism and accessibility."
 
"The proposal they handled for us was complex but their work was extremely impressive; we always get a reply, even at difficult times," appreciates another source.
 
Work highlights Advised Canterbury Regional Council in respect of Fulton Hogan's resource consent applications for the establishment of a new aggregate quarry near Templeton, Canterbury.
 
Rising in the rankings, Philip Maw is a highly regarded practitioner with particular expertise in freshwater planning policy and development. He is regularly instructed by regional councils to handle a wide range of matters in connection with conservation orders, judicial reviews and resource consent applications. One client notes: "He is forceful without being aggressive; he drives matters very well and makes sure that the job gets done."
 
Lucy de Latour continues to grow her profile in the resource management space and offers strategic advice in relation to regional plan formation, legislative reform and resource content applications, often in the context of proposed developments and freshwater management. "She is very pragmatic, she's able to react and respond very quickly, and she understands the technical side," according to a client.
 
 



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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 25, Vero Centre, 48 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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