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Chapman Tripp

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John Knight

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Chapman Tripp

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Litigation and dispute resolution, environment, planning and resource management, shipping and maritime, insurance, transport




John practices in commercial and civil dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on insurance related law. His insurance practice includes claims and indemnity advice and litigation, statutory and private policies, drafting and corporate advisory and regulatory work.

He is a key advisor to NZ’s statutory natural disaster insurer the Earthquake Commission (EQC).  John also has a broad range of maritime law experience acting for P&I clubs and maritime participants, on matters ranging from the environmental regulatory aspects of maritime activity through to cargo claims, collisions, groundings and vessel securities including enforcement processes and vessel arrests.


John is a member of the Resource Management Law Association, New Zealand Insurance Lawyers Association, New Zealand Law Society and is a committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.


BA, LLB Auckland University; Admitted 1992

New Zealand


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John Knight - Chapman Tripp

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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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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

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John Knight - Chapman Tripp

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Chapman Tripp in Auckland advises on the funding, procurement and establishment of road, rail, sea and air transport infrastructure for government agencies (including New Zealand Transport Agency), airports (including Auckland International Airport and Christchurch International Airport), port companies and shipping operators. The practice brings together expertise in a range of disciplines thanks largely to environment and resource management partners Jo Appleyard and Paula Brosnahan, and Wellington-based shipping practice leader John Knight. Appleyard recently acted for Lyttelton Port Company in three large consenting projects in the South Island, which involve activities in the coastal marine area and raise complex environmental and cultural issues. For Queenstown Airport, Catherine Somerville-Frost helped to obtain statutory approvals and compulsory acquisition orders for a new taxiway. Through Knight, the firm is also a legal correspondent for a numerous P&I clubs in cargo disputes, maritime prosecutions, oil spills and wreck removal.

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