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Wynn Williams

LEVEL 1, AIG BULDING, 41 SHORTLAND STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 3 379 7622
Fax:
Fax +64 9 300 2609
Email:
Web:
www.wynnwilliams.co.nz
Auckland, Christchurch
Wynn Williams, Richard Hern, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

Richard Hern

Tel:
Work +64 9 300 3048
Email:
Web:
www.wynnwilliams.co.nz
Wynn Williams

Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Insurance

Position

Partner

Career

Richard joined Wynn Williams in March 2014, after 13 ½ years at a highly regarded boutique insurance practice – 7½ of which was as a principal. Prior to that he was part of the in-house legal team at a major insurer for several years.

Richard has a well-earned reputation for his highly developed technical skills in insurance law and litigation/dispute resolution - tempered with an approachable, pragmatic and cost-effective approach. The breadth of Richard's expertise in insurance spans most areas with particular expertise in:

  • liability cover – especially professional indemnity claims involving real estate and property professionals (including leaky building claims), financial advisers (brokers), liquidators/receivers, and solicitors;
  • complex property claims (material damage) and issues arising from business interruption;
  • statutory liability, and occupational health & safety claims/defence work;
  • defamation;
  • all aspects of health & life insurance, including life, accident, travel, income protection, trauma and TPD (total permanent disability) issues. Richard has a reputation in the health & life insurance area as a leading practitioner in this area, and one of the few 'go to' people, with an extensive understanding of both NZ and overseas jurisprudence and developments;
  • insurance fraud. Richard has worked extensively with insurers and leading fraud investigators on countless suspected and complex fraud and arson claims, and has achieved excellent outcomes for insurers in collaboration with other disciplines;
  • policy drafting – particularly in the health & life insurance area.
Richard is a seasoned advocate, trial capable, and has worked repeatedly with some of the country's top insurance barristers. His clients include some of NZ's most iconic real estate/property firms and insurers.

Member

Life and Disability Underwriters Association
New Zealand Insurance Law Association (NZILA)
Life Accident Disability Underwriters Claims Association (LADUCA)

Education

BA, LLB - University of Auckland

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