Expertise

Insurance

Buddle Findlay has a highly-rated litigation team and insurance experts who can assist insurers, corporates, brokers and other individual clients with all aspects of insurance law and insured claims.

Overview

Our litigation team has extensive experience with contentious insurance issues and defending claims against insurers.  Our litigation team regularly undertakes recovery work and can assist insurers with subrogated recoveries.

Buddle Findlay is highly proficient in defending claims against professionals and company directors.  We also defend product liability claims, including DVT and cargo and product liability claims in the aviation industry.  We have acted for the insurers of a number of large accounting firms and law firms, as well as acting for corporate clients and individuals to resolve claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Our firm provides practical and commercial solutions to non-contentious regulatory and compliance issues and assists with the development of policy wording.  We have expertise in directors and officers policies, information technology policies and trade credit policies.

We offer a full range of services including:

  • Advocacy, negotiation and settlement of disputed claims including professional indemnity, material damage, contract works, directors and officers and business interruption insurance claims

  • Advising on policy interpretation and claim preparation

  • Negotiating with insurers on policy renewal and valuation issues

  • Advising, and negotiating with, banks and other financiers in respect of insurance claims

  • Recovery work on behalf of insurers

  • Acting for professionals in disciplinary proceedings

  • Advising on the insurance implications of a variety of transactions including construction contracts

  • Advising on the appropriate insurance arrangements to protect businesses in a variety of industries

  • Advising on the scope and suitability of policies for directors and other officers.



Work highlights

Advising commercial clients

on business interruption claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes

Negotiating with brokers and insurers

for payment of significant material damage and business assets claims (in excess of $10 million) arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes

Advising the Reserve Bank

on issues relating to the prudential supervision of reinsurance arrangements

Advocacy on behalf of clients

in respect of disputed claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes

Negotiating policy renewals

for domestic and commercial cover including commercial premises held in the red zone

Acting for a large Sydney-based insurance broking firm

on substantial litigation in Christchurch
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Our team

David Broadmore

David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation and has extensive experience in insolvency, professional negligence, property...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7010
  • M +64 21 022 72994

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Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall

Partner, Auckland

Graeme specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in commercial litigation including Court action...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7046
  • M +64 21 632 178

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Laura O'Gorman

Laura O'Gorman

Partner, Auckland

Laura specialises in litigation and insolvency. She has a broad background in commercial litigation with extensive expertise in...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7031
  • M +64 21 313 653

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Scott Barker

Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation, insolvency and credit recovery law. His practice includes banking, insurance and commercial...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7349
  • M +64 21 822 929

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Seb Bisley

Seb Bisley

Partner, Wellington

Seb specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He has particular expertise in commercial litigation, insurance law and public law...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0839
  • M +64 21 844 428

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Susan Rowe

Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3517
  • M +64 27 537 7784

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Willie Palmer

Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

Willie specialises in commercial litigation including construction, insurance and insolvency law. He has broad experience in...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3502
  • M +64 21 377 961

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