Class actions

Our litigation and dispute resolution team is experienced and up-to-date with developments in this topical and highly specialist area.

Overview

Our litigation and dispute resolution team is experienced and up-to-date with developments in this topical and highly specialist area.

We have experience in representing clients in class action proceedings.  We are currently acting for Southern Response Earthquake Services in defending a class action by claimants who have settled their insurance claims and wish to revisit those settlements.  This proceeding involves consideration of the novel question of whether an opt-in or opt-out model is to be favoured in New Zealand.

We are familiar with the procedural landscape of class actions and litigation funding in New Zealand and the developing jurisprudence in this country.  We also have an in depth understanding of equivalent procedures in countries around the world.

We are taking a keen interest in the recent Rules Committee and Law Commission papers in this area and will continue to follow developments with interest.



Work highlights

Acting on a substantial class action against an insurer

(Ross v Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited) which seeks to be the first 'opt-out' class action litigation in New Zealand

Acting for a major off-shore litigation funder

in defending an application for costs

Advising on prospective class action proceedings

and litigation funding arrangements

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Our team

Kelly Paterson

Kelly Paterson

Partner, Christchurch

Kelly specialises in commercial litigation. She advises on a wide range of commercial litigation issues, including contract disputes…

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Seb Bisley

Seb Bisley

Partner, Wellington

Seb specialises in advocacy and litigation, including arbitration and mediation.…

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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…

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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…

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