Wynn Williams has forged an international reputation for our expertise in the insurance sector amongst insurers and their policyholders. Our team is recognised as a leader in dispute resolution - sought after for our knowledge of technical aspects of policy coverage as well as the rigour of our liability defence. We are also engaged for our advisory and corporate insurance legal services. Wynn Williams' insurance team, together with individuals within the team, are consistently ranked highly in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories. We are also frequently listed in NZ Lawyer's top performers.
How can we help
We advise across all key insurance lines: financial, professional indemnity, statutory liability, directors' and officers' liability, product and public liability, property and casualty, cyber and crime, health and life. Our services include:
- Successfully defended a real estate agent facing misconduct charges brought by the regulator, leading to the disciplinary tribunal ordering costs against the regulator for the first time.
- Advising a mechanical engineer on an extremely technical potential negligence claim involving a high profile new building.
- Successfully defended an author of a work of investigative journalism from a series of defamation and breach of confidence claims in respect of the book.
- Successfully defended a lawyer accused of dishonesty, corruption, and involvement in an international smuggling operation.
- Defending a global machinery manufacturer against a complex product liability claim involving international supply chain issues.
- Successfully resolved a negligence claim against a law firm arising from advice to a company about carrying out a major transaction, which avoided court proceedings and a Law Society complaint.
- Successfully defended a high-profile corporate client at trial and on appeal in the leading case on recklessness arising from a WorkSafe prosecution.
- Negotiated and drafted a collective insurance arrangement for a group of seven South Island District and Regional Councils in relation to infrastructure assets.
Real estate agents often seek to add value, help purchasers, or try to maximise the good features of a property, but they need to be very careful when making absolute assurances to purchasers even when there are reports which support their position. A recent case shows that the mere conduit defence continues to be very useful when a claim is made.
There have been catastrophic numbers of landslides in the past few weeks and they may become more common in the future. As the clean-up continues and thoughts turn to rebuilding, questions around insurance coverage and liability will no doubt be top of mind. Partner Richard Hargreaves outlines some of the basic legal rules to consider concerning landslips.