Wynn Williams has for some time been an industry leader in the specialised field of insurance law.
We have longstanding relationships with New Zealand and many internationally-based insurers and also accept instructions from businesses, bodies corporate and homeowners looking to resolve an insurance related issue, often on referral from insurance brokers, other lawyers or accountants.
The Insurance Team is recommended and recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
. Described as "a strong team that has dealt with some very large earthquake claims and is great to work with" as well as having "a smart, adaptable and practical approach.” In a previous directory, one client described the team as having a "fantastic approach to resolving issues".
Necessarily, much of our focus in the past few years has been the Canterbury earthquakes and we have been intensely involved in the insurance and building responses.
Our hallmark is product knowledge. We have been involved in a number of policy revision and redrafting programmes and commonly advise on coverage questions for all forms of property and liability lines, and reinsurance treaties.
Our aim is to provide accurate and practical advice, with cost effective resolutions for claim disputes and third party actions. We understand the importance of accessibility, clarity and promptness for insurer and policyholder alike.
Our services cover professional indemnity; product and public liability; directors’ and officers’ liability; business interruption; fire and general; disability and income protection.
Wynn Williams has expertise in disputes involving insurers as parties and is regularly instructed to act in:
- Disputes where the insurer has accepted liability and is indemnifying the insured.
- Disputes where the insurer's liability is disputed over questions of policy interpretation, scope of coverage and application of exclusions or endorsements arise.
Recent cases include:
- Acting for financial advisors sued for negligent advice where an insurer has declined cover.
- Successfully acting against professional advisors accused of negligence and professional liability.