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Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Gilbert Walker

Litigation and arbitration boutique Gilbert Walker is 'outstanding', according to one client, who picks out key partner Martin Smith and associate Alexander Ho and describes the firm as 'one of, if not the, leading litigation firm in New Zealand'. Smith predominantly handles insurance disputes, but also has a broader commercial litigation practice that frequently sees him act as leading or sole counsel in the High Court. His recent cases include acting alongside Iva Rosic for one of New Zealand's leading banks in matters arising from a regulatory and governance review of the financial services sector in Australia. Rosic has broad-ranging experience in insurance, regulatory, unit titles, contractual and large-scale commercial disputes. She recently handled a High Court matter arising from an alleged breach of good faith in a sale agreement for a large mineral extraction venture. She also worked with associate Sam McMullan to advise Custom Street Hotel on a matter concerning the interpretation of standards for a major construction project. Matthew Harris is an experienced trial lawyer whose recent work includes large disputes in the areas of construction and trusts.

Leading individuals

Matthew Harris - Gilbert Walker

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Ho - Gilbert Walker

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Gilbert Walker

Specialist litigation boutique Gilbert Walker in Auckland routinely handles complex and high-value insurance and professional liability disputes. 'The level of service is very good, the firm is very responsive and has good industry knowledge and experience, and it provides commercial and pragmatic advice', says one client. Martin Smith and Iva Rosic (who 'has great industry knowledge and provides commercial and pragmatic advice') lead the practice. Smith and key partner Matthew Harris (who is 'a really smart guy and a great lawyer') defended Tower Insurance in High Court proceedings brought by policyholders following the Canterbury earthquakes, in which three out of the 35 claims reached judgment last year. Associates Alexander Ho and Hamish McQueen also played key roles in those cases.

Leading individuals

Martin Smith - Gilbert Walker

Matthew Harris - Gilbert Walker

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