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Graeme Riach

Partner LLB

Graeme Riach

Graeme became a partner of Harmans in 1999 and is currently the Managing Partner of the firm. He has practised in litigation since 1988 and heads the dispute resolution team specialising in civil and commercial litigation and with a significant practice and reputation in employment law.

Graeme advises receivers and liquidators in the course of discharging their responsibilities, and provides litigation support for several finance companies. He has appeared as counsel in most jurisdictions from the District Court to the Court of Appeal. He is a qualified mediator and as counsel, he has conducted many mediations and arbitrations. He has expertise in construction disputes with particular emphasis on "leaky building" cases.

Graeme has represented a major insurer and has expertise in general, business interruption and professional indemnity insurance matters.

Graeme is a member of the Council of the Canterbury-Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

With a strong commitment to providing clients with sound, practical advice, Graeme focuses on resolving problems and disputes to the client's best advantage. His experience in court provides the firm's clients with a valuable ally when they enter that arena.

Conscious of the community Graeme has served as a Board member and Chair of Coastguard Southern Region and Coastguard New Zealand rising to Vice President of the national organisation.  He is currently co-chair of a project committee developing a new base facility for Coastguard Canterbury in Lyttelton.

Graeme is a keen boatie and when time permits is likely to be found on the family launch in the Marlborough Sounds. He plays the occasional game of golf and has his private pilot’s licence.

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