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Brett Morley

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Hesketh Henry

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Insurance, Construction, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Position

Brett is the Senior Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Hesketh Henry. He has a particular interest in insurance which is complemented by his experience as lead counsel in complex and high value litigation associated with property/ transactional, construction, commercial, and trust work.  Brett acts for onshore and offshore insurers, brokers and insureed parties, both as claimants and defendants.  His specialist interest is in professional indemnity claims involving solicitors, accountants, auditors, and construction/ property related professionals.  Brett is an experienced advocate in courts at all levels, arbitrations, mediation and negotiated resolution of disputes.  His objective is to achieve outcomes commercially commensurate with the significance and costs to clients of the matter in issue; coupling concise accurate legal advice with strategic insight and sound judgement to deliver results.  

Career

Brett was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1981.   He has also been admitted to practice in the Cook Islands.  Brett became a partner in 1989 and has practised exclusively as a litigator, mainly in civil disputes but has acted and provided advice in virtually all areas of law where clients require guidance and representation in difficult and contentious matters.  

Languages

English

Member

New Zealand Law Society
New Zealand Insurance Law Association


New Zealand

Insurance

Within: Insurance

Auckland firm Hesketh Henry has a broad insurance practice that is best known for its work in liability matters, particularly professional indemnity claims against solicitors and engineers. 'The firm has significant strength in insurance law; it excels in attending to detail and its skill and expertise in construction matters has proven very useful when dealing with earthquake claims'. Head of litigation Alan Sherlock and senior litigation partner Brett Morley lead the insurance practice. Sherlock, who 'brings a calm and considered approach to complex issues', acted for Vero Insurance and AA Insurance in the defence of High Court proceedings arising from claims for earthquake damage, one of which had a value of NZ$3m. Morley and Christina Bryant frequently advise AIG on professional indemnity matters, particularly solicitor negligence claims. Nick Gillies handles construction disputes including liability claims against contractors and engineers. Also recommended are marine and aviation insurance partner Simon Cartwright; Helen Macfarlane, who has 'great expertise and a good eye for detail'; and 'very thorough' senior associate Stephanie Corban.

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