Partner, Christchurch

Willie Palmer

Willie Palmer



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

He has conducted many High Court and arbitration hearings and appeals.  His cases have included representation of liquidators and receivers, Financial Markets Conduct legislation applications including contributory mortgage claims, construction and mining claims, Companies Act claims and shareholder disputes, lease arbitrations, judicial review actions, competition law claims as well as many contract interpretation and general commercial claims.  He has represented several Councils on civil claims, local government and enforcement issues.  Willie currently advises Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited and previously advised CERA on matters arising out of the Canterbury rebuild.

Willie has an interest in agriculture and irrigation.  He has been involved for over 15 years with Central Plains Water, of which he is currently a director.  Central Plains Water is developing a large-scale irrigation and water enhancement scheme in Central Canterbury.

  • Member of RITANZ
  • Trustee / Director - Central plains Water project since 2000

Work highlights

Acting in civil litigation

including judicial review, contract interpretation, construction, Companies Act and shareholder rights, property and trust rights claims

Acting in arbitration and mediation disputes

including construction and lease rental claims

Advising liquidators and receivers

on insolvency and credit recovery including Financial Markets Conduct legislation and receivership claims

Advising councils

on local government issues (eg under the PBLA, LGOIMA and the Local Government Act, on regulatory prosecutions including under the Building Act, and on construction, tendering and other contract issues)

Representing councils

on civil and arbitration claims, enforcement, prosecutions and Coronial inquests

Conducting contract negotiations

and advice on contract risk management

Alternate contacts

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


Kelly Paterson

Partner, Christchurch

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