Jessica Manson

Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0318
Office: CBD

I joined the Saunders & Co litigation team in 2019.  My focus is on civil litigation including insurance matters, construction disputes, debt recovery and employment matters.


Prior to joining Saunders & Co, I was a litigation solicitor with a Christchurch firm.  I developed specialised knowledge in earthquake insurance matters, class action litigation, incorporated society disputes, relationship property, employment matters and alternative dispute resolution.


During my legal studies at University of Canterbury I clerked at a local barrister’s chambers. There, I gained valuable experience with top Queen’s Counsel and barristers working on insurance disputes, professional negligence and disciplinary matters, commercial, property and family disputes, public law matters, Coronial inquests and defending regulatory agency prosecutions.


I enjoy working with clients to develop pathways through complex and thorny issues.  I endeavour to help each client achieve resolutions that are suitable for their individual circumstances; whether through negotiation, Court proceedings or alternative dispute resolution.  My clients appreciate my delivery of pragmatic advice with warmth and empathy.


I am a member of Canterbury Womens Legal Association and the New Zealand Animal Law Association.  I am also a consultant to the committee of a local animal rescue organisation.

What My Clients Say

In response to our survey, Paul says,

"It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to highlight the appreciated guidance that Jessica Manson and David Lang gave. All true, all testament to both. I very, very rarely bother with surveys but everyone recognises great service when they receive it, and it’s then so enjoyable to pay it back, or forward, in some small way.

Paul B

“It is the people in any business that make or break it and in this case Jessica brought that important human touch to the proceedings.” 

Malcolm M

"Jessica and I worked together on a difficult matter over a long period of time.  The team at Saunders made it so easy for me by coming together and working hard to get to the final result.  Jessica and Andrew are top people and I would work with them again."


22 July 2022

Update for Southern Response Claimants

In the 2020 case Southern Response Earthquake Services v Dodds [2020] NZCA 395, the Court of Appeal ruled that Southern Response (SR) had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct when undertaking insurance settlements prior to October 2014.

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23 June 2021

Update to Construction Contracts Retentions Scheme

If you’re in the construction industry, chances are you’re familiar with the retentions regime prescribed by the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA).

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4 December 2020

Court Insurance Case – IAG

Recent Supreme Court Insurance Case – IAG New Zealand Limited v Moore [2020] NZSC 122   Mr Moore’s house suffered damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake in the amount of $2. 08 million.

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