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Anthony Harper

Work +64 9 920 6400
Fax +64 9 920 9599
Auckland, Christchurch

Karen Kemp

Work 09 920 6466
Anthony Harper

Work Department

Litigation and Construction


Partner - Litigation


Karen specialises in commercial litigation, advising clients on a wide range of disputes and risk management.

She has extensive experience acting for national and international clients in corporate disputes, construction risk management and project litigation, debt collection and issues relating to regulatory compliance.

Karen uses her experience to provide strategic advice to get the best result for the client.  She is an expert in a wide range of construction contract claims under NZ Standard Forms and NEC contracts, acting for all manner of construction clients – contractors, principals, subcontractors – as well as companies and individuals in general litigation. 

She has acted on several complex construction adjudications and arbitrations, appeared as counsel in the High Court, District Court and Tribunals, as well as advising clients on complex investigations by the Department of Internal Affairs or acting in judicial review proceedings.

Karen is recommended in the 2016-2019 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guides.




National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Infrastructure New Zealand, Women in Infrastructure (Board), and Society of Construction Law


Cambridge University BA (Hons), MA (Cantab) Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (UK)

New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Anthony Harper provides 'a good level of service with lots of industry knowledge and good value for money'. One client remarks upon the 'excellent level of knowledge and experience' in the practice, which is led from Auckland by Dan Hughes, who focuses mainly on construction and insolvency litigation. The 'very responsive and helpful' firm has particular expertise in commercial, insurance, IP, insolvency, public law and construction litigation. Hughes recently acted for Meltzer Mason in a case involving large anomalies in the trust accounts of franchisee companies. Key partner Katherine Anderson advised Auckland Council on a Judicial review of its decision to change the use of Chamberlain Park Golf Course. Karen Kemp, who counts Home Owners and Buyers Association New Zealand among her clients, is 'a strong lawyer with a commercial focus'. In Christchurch, the 'prompt, confident and capable' Peter Woods, the 'thoughtful and strategic' Richard Smedley and star senior associate Lisa Taylor are recommended.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Anthony Harper is 'excellent - timely and efficient, with a high level of industry knowledge and a practical and common-sense approach'. Those qualities are embodied by Tim Barclay in Christchurch who leads the property practice. The firm has one of the country's largest property and construction groups with eight partners handling high-value transactions for corporate clients. Barclay recently advised Maat Group on the NZ$103m acquisition of two commercial properties in Takapuna and Tauranga. In Auckland, Edward Dunphy (who 'provides superb, practical and technical advice, and is very client-focused') and Karen Kemp lead the construction team, which benefits from the litigation expertise of Richard Smedley, Dan Hughes and newly promoted senior associate Jessica Hanning. Dunphy assisted Karaka & Drury Development with the construction of a 9,000-unit development in Auckland, which included an infrastructure funding agreement with local utility Watercare. Alistair Law and senior associate Tim Bunker are also recommended for commercial property matters. Daniel French in Christchurch also garners praise.

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