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Chapman Tripp

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Garth Gallaway

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Chapman Tripp

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Litigation and dispute resolution, insurance




Garth is one of the South Island’s leading litigators, specialising in insurance and health and safety related civil litigation.  He has advised a number of private and public sector organisations on their insurance claims in the wake of the Christchurch, Seddon and Kaikoura earthquakes.  Garth is also trusted advisor to a number of leading New Zealand insurers in the area of liability underwriting, having acted for a large number insureds throughout his career on professional indemnity, statutory liability and public liability matters, and in professional negligence proceedings.  Garth has appeared before all levels of the court system and before numerous specialist tribunals.


Garth has been a member of Radio Sport’s cricket commentary team since 1996, and is also a member of the Film and Literature Board of Review. He chairs the WA Sutton Charitable Trust and is a Trustee of the Arts Foundation and the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust


LLB University of Otago; admitted 1989

New Zealand


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Garth Gallaway - Chapman Tripp

Within: Insurance

Chapman Tripp acts for numerous large New Zealand and international insurers, including AMP and Tower, as well as a global multiline insurer. Its work focuses predominantly on difficult claims and complex commercial and regulatory matters for both insurers and corporates. This includes policy drafting, securities law issues, new product development and captive insurance arrangements. It is the primary legal adviser to statutory disaster insurer the Earthquake Commission (EQC). John Knight in Auckland and Garth Gallaway in Christchurch lead the practice. Commercial litigator Knight focuses mainly on insurance disputes, which recently has included his representation of AMP in a complex claim brought by a bankrupt claimant. He also leads the engagement with EQC on all aspects of its statutory natural disaster insurance obligations and earthquake-related insurance claims. Bruce Scott in Wellington also advises EQC and worked with Knight on the development of policies to settle novel and complex claims.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Chapman Tripp's employment practice spans all of its three offices but is led from Auckland by Marie Wisker, whom clients describe as 'incredibly knowledgeable in all matters pertaining to human resources,' noting that 'she always responds with a comprehensive opinion and guidance'. She handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, specialising in employment law and health and safety, mainly for large employers. Her work includes restraints of trade, Holiday Act claims, disciplinary processes, work place stress, restructuring, redundancy and grievances. Garth Gallaway in Christchurch specialises in insurance and health and safety-related civil litigation, acting for employers in investigations and prosecutions, both on direct instructions and through insurers. Investment funds partner Mike Woodbury in Wellington focuses on superannuation and workplace savings schemes.

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