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Insurance Law

Our insurance and earthquake related services

The interpretation of insurance policies and contracts can be a complex process. Here at Saunders & Co, our team have acted for both insurers and the insured in claims against policies and have the skills and knowledge to advise you of your entitlements.

The Canterbury Earthquakes have raised several issues in the insurance law practice. Our team has been involved in multiple insurance claims arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes advising on policy coverage and negotiating settlements for our clients.

Outside of Earthquake related matters, we advise on what coverage is appropriate for a range of individuals and businesses.

Our services include advising on:


Examples of recent work

New Zealand Fire Service v Legg [2016] NZHC 1492

High Court Christchurch – Sucessful claim against two insurers who rejected liability following a Christchurch fire. Please note, this decision is subject to appeal by one insurer.

Canterbury couple avoid $200000 bill for fire

  • Representing clients in proceedings against their insurers after the declining of a claim under a public liability policy.
  • Negotiating the settlement of multiple earthquake related insurance and EQC claims
  • Successfully acting for a client during an internal review after the declining of a claim against a car insurance policy

Get further advice from

Tania Hutchinson

Tania Hutchinson

Senior Associate

T +64 3 966 7706
M 022 628 1302
E tania.hutchinson@saunders.co.nz

Michael Kirkland

Michael Kirkland

Consultant/Special Counsel

T +64 3 963 1455
M 021 0285 1682
E michael.kirkland@saunders.co.nz

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