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Will cases

  • Claims against estates for further provisions under the Family Protection Act 1955.
  • Claims against estates for compensation for work and services under the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949.
  • Claims against estates on the basis of mutual wills.
  • Setting aside wills on the grounds of the exercise of undue influence on the deceased.
  • Setting aside wills on the grounds of the incapacity of the deceased.
  • Applications under s14 of the Wills Act 2007 that unexecuted wills be admitted to probate.

PPPR cases

  •  Protection of Personal Property Rights Act 1988 applications for appointment of Property Managers and Welfare Guardians.
  • Disputes over Enduring Powers of Attorney.
  • Applications to make new wills for incapacitated persons. 

Trust cases 

  • Applications to remove trustees.
  • Claims against trustees for breach of their duties as trustee.
  • Defending trustees against claims that they have breached their duty.
  • Disputes between trustees and beneficiaries.
  • Applications for an account by trustees.
  • Untangling complex trust and company arrangements. 

Insurance cases  

  • Policy response in the context of earthquake damage to residential and commercial buildings.
  • The duties of insurance brokers.
  • Exceptions to exclusion clauses in insurance policies under section 11 of the Insurance Law Reform Act 1977.
  • Declined claims on grounds of material non-disclosure. 

Banking and Finance cases 

  • The avoidance of bank guarantees on mortgages on the grounds of presumed undue influence.
  • Enforcement of Loans, Mortgages and Guarantees on behalf of financial institutions.
  • Priorities in relation to complex invoice financing agreements. 

Lease cases 

  • Maintenance obligations of landlord and tenants.
  • Cancellation of leases and relief against cancellation.
  • Rent reviews. 

Land cases 

  • Applications for specific performance.
  • Applications for partition of land.
  • Sale and purchase disputes.
  • Caveat disputes.

Construction Law 

  • Obligations of builders, sub-contractors, developers, company directors, engineers and architects under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006.
  • Applications for payment under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
  • Disputes under building contracts including 3910. 

Resource Management and Environmental Law 

  • Applications for Resource Consents.
  • Opposing applications for resource consents.
  • Submissions on plans and plan changes. 


  • Civil Litigation
  • Resource Management and Environmental Law
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