Senior Associate, Christchurch

Annie Cao

Annie Cao



Annie specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.  She advises on a wide range of issues including litigation arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes, insolvency, debt recovery, contractual disputes and local government issues. 

Annie has appeared in the High Court, District Court, the Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal and has represented clients in a range of alternative dispute resolution forums.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Annie worked at another large New Zealand law firm and was a judges' clerk in the Auckland High Court.

  • Member of the NZLS Law Reform Committee

Work highlights

Acting for liquidators

in an application to the High Court for directions under the Companies Act 1993 on novel issues involving cryptocurrency (Ruscoe v Cryptopia Ltd (in liq) [2020] NZHC 728)

Assisting with a commercial dispute

involving difficult contractual and equitable assignment issues (FTG Securities Ltd v Crown Asset Management Ltd (2020] NZHC 2007)

Advising Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited

in relation to litigated claims and claims brought in the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service

Assisting with commercial disputes

involving novel insolvency-trust interplay issues

Advising local governments

on liability risks, statutory interpretation and issues in relation to official information and information management

Advising a Government entity

on debt collection matters

Alternate contacts

Kelly Paterson

Partner, Christchurch

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

  • DDI +64 3 371 3547
  • M +64 21 891 028


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