Partner, Christchurch

Susan Rowe

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

Susan currently advises clients on a range of litigation issues arising out of the Canterbury rebuild including Construction Contracts Act issues.  She advises on insurance policy interpretation issues and advocates for clients in respect of disputed claims.  Susan advised the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and represents various councils on local government and enforcement issues and judicial review.

Susan has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals in New Zealand and Australia, and at arbitrations and mediations.

Susan advises a range of public sector and private clients on employment and health and safety issues. She appears for clients in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and in the Coroners Court.

  • Member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law and NZILA
  • Member of the Canterbury Westland District Law Society Standards Committee

Work highlights

Advising the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

on matters arising out of the exercise of its powers under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act including; advising and appearing in the High Court on injunction proceedings and advising in relation to construction contract disputes arising out of demolition (Hampton v CERA)

Advising Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Ashburton District Council, Hurunui District Council and Waimakariri District Council

on a range of local government and disputed issues

Advising and acting for Christchurch City Council

on judicial review proceedings

Acting for the Ministry of Social Development

in the successful defence of proceedings brought in the Employment Relations Authority (Bartram v Ministry of Social Development)

Advising individual, corporate and local authority clients on civil litigation issues

relating to commercial contract disputes, fair trading, construction contracts, insurance and applications for judicial review

Advising Ashburton District Council

in relation to the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre threatened judicial review application and contractual disputes


Alternate contacts

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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