Stephanie Woods Stephanie Woods
Stephanie Woods
Special Counsel
Dispute Resolution

T +64 3 379 7622

M +64 27 406 2775

Specialist areas of practice

  • Contentious trusts and estates
  • Insurance
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Stephanie is Special Counsel in the firm's national dispute resolution team specialising in insurance defence litigation. She also works on contentious trust and estate matters and regularly provides advice to local government on a range of public law issues.

Stephanie is appointed by insurers to defend professionals from negligence, breach of contract and other civil liability claims, and to act in disciplinary proceedings, including for lawyers, real estate agents, insurance brokers, engineers and architects. She also has experience acting for both insurers and plaintiffs in earthquake and other general insurance disputes and in advising insurers on policy response and policy wording.

Stephanie provides practical and succinct advice to clients throughout the litigation process, including in relation to settlement options. Where appropriate, she is adept at using court processes strategically to bring claims to resolution.

Active in the insurance space, Stephanie established the Christchurch branch of the Insurance Network in 2019 and is the co-President of the Christchurch branch.