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.


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

Our team

Bridie McKinnon

Partner, Wellington

Bridie has over 15 years' experience in a range of litigation matters in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3563
  • M +64 21 0252 8460


David Broadmore

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in commercial litigation. He has over 17 years' experience in resolving banking and finance, insolvency, insurance…

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


Luke Sizer

Partner, Auckland

Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency…

  • DDI +64 9 363 1036
  • M +64 27 297 0374


Olly Peers

Partner, Christchurch

Olly specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. Olly's experience and areas of interest include company law, contract law…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3568
  • M +64 21 881 463


Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He advises both private and public sector clients…

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


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


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