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Matthew Atkinson

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Fee Langstone




Matt is an insurance litigation specialist, with a particular focus on policy disputes and negligence claims against professionals.

Matt graduated from the University of Otago in 1994. He spent ten years working in the insurance industry as both a claims handler and underwriter before returning to private practice in 2006.

Throughout his career, Matt has focussed on claims against professionals and the resolution of indemnity issues. His work as a solicitor, insurance claims handler and underwriter means that he has a unique understanding of the insurance industry and the demands placed upon it. Matt uses his experience to provide clear, direct advice and is always mindful of the ultimate strategy of achieving the best outcome for his clients in the most cost-effective manner.

Matt has significant court and dispute resolution experience, having represented clients in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.


  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association



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Within: Insurance

'The lawyers are insurance specialists and deliver consistently thorough, accurate advice,' say clients of Auckland-based insurance boutique Fee Langstone, and 'their attention to detail is outstanding'. One remarks that 'the firm is amongst the top of its peers in insurance law'. It has five partners who act for leading global insurers such as AIG, Allianz, Marsh and QBE. Key partner Philippa Fee is 'very sharp, grasps the heart of an issue quickly and always goes the extra mile'. Leading earthquake litigator Craig Langstone acted for QBE in a claim brought by one of its insureds for damage to the Pacific Tower in Christchurch. Of Cecily Brick, one client says 'her ability with respect to technical points of law is exceptional and she has an amazing eye for detail; she is also a very effective advocate, able to argue persuasively'. Marine insurance specialist Pauline Davies, professional indemnity expert Matthew Atkinson and 'very smart' senior associate Virginia Wethey are also recommended.

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