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Anthony Harper

LEVEL 6, CHORUS HOUSE, 66 WYNDHAM STREET, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 920 6400
Fax:
Fax +64 9 920 9599
Email:
Web:
www.anthonyharper.co.nz
Auckland, Christchurch

Peter Woods

Tel:
Work +64 3 364 3816
Email:
Anthony Harper

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Partner - Litigation

Career

Peter is the head of our Litigation practice with extensive experience in complex high value litigation.

He advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including commercial property, company law, contract interpretation, construction (including leaky homes), defamation, franchise, insurance and intellectual property.

Peter is actively engaged with property owners in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake and has represented them in claims against insurance companies and the Earthquake Commission. He leads the EQC Group Action where the owners of more than 130 properties are investigating a challenge to Earthquake Commission's interpretation of its statutory standard of repair.

Peter is at the forefront of this litigation. In addition to insurance litigation, Peter has a broad international commercial litigation practice regularly appearing in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and at arbitrations. He has also appeared before the Royal Commission into the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission.

He has been described, in the 2014 Chambers and Partner's Directory as 'probably the most commercial litigation partner that I have come across' 'with Peter, there was no ego involved and he wasn't trying to score points'.  Peter is recommended in the 2016 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Directory and in the 2016 Chambers and Partners Directory he is recommended for his 'background acting for plaintiffs in insurance litigation arising from the Christchurch earthquake, including business interruption claims and building replacement matters. Of late he advised on the formation of a class action on behalf of local homeowners against the EQC regarding the quality of property repairs'

Peter has presented at the ALFA International Client Seminar, New Zealand Law Society and is a trustee of the Lighthouse Vision Trust.

Languages

English

Member

New Zealand Insurance Law Association Society for Construction Law, Franchise Association of New Zealand Mediation Panel, Accredited Mediator with CEDR (2000)

Education

University of Canterbury BSC/LLB University of Nottingham LLM


New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Anthony Harper continued to grow its dispute resolution team, which is led by Christchurch-based Peter Woods. The firm is recognised for its strong track record in complex cases, including contractual disputes, breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims, governance disputes and urgent interlocutory relief applications. The addition of Katherine Anderson, formerly director of legal and risk at Auckland Council and a current member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, to the Auckland team gives the firm significant weight in public law matters. Her arrival also brought new clients Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to the firm. Karen Kemp, who acts for homeowners’ organisation HOBANZ, and Dan Hughes are also recommended, as is Richard Smedley in Christchurch. Woods is acting for EQC Action Group in a High Court action against the Earthquake Commission concerning statutory standards for building repair. Hughes assisted First Credit Union lodge with a complaint challenging the NZ Association of Credit Unions’ rules.

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