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Chapman Tripp

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Bruce Scott

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Chapman Tripp

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Dispute resolution.




Bruce is a senior dispute resolution expert who specialises in commercial litigation.  He routinely advises parties engaged in various forms of commercial litigation, both in the High Court and in private arbitrations. Highlights include acting for gas sector participants, financial institutions, insurance companies and public sector agencies.  Bruce has acted for various insurers on a range of public liability, general claims and income protection and health related matters. He also represents the NZ commercial fishing industry on a wide range of disputes and public law matters.


Bruce is a member of the New Zealand Law Society


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington; Admitted 1985

New Zealand

Dispute resolution

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Chapman Tripp advises on some of the most significant commercial disputes in the country and is experienced in matters before the High Court and the Supreme Court, as well as in complex, multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Clients are 'very impressed with the level of service - the team is well resourced and well structured to handle large-scale litigation and the advice is clear and considered'. In Auckland, Justin Graham leads the practice and clients describe him and 'extremely gifted litigator' Matt Sumpter, who handles IP, competition law and civil litigation, as 'impressive and strong on strategy with great attention to detail'. Key partner John McKay specialises in commercial litigation with a focus on construction, insurance and media law. He defended BlueScope Steel in a claim arising from an unsuccessful attempt by New Zealand Steel Industries to purchase the Taharoa Ironsands business. Senior litigator Bruce Scott handles commercial and public law litigation, both in the High Court and in private arbitrations. In Wellington, Daniel Kalderimis handles large commercial disputes and leads the firm's international law practice, which focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

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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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