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LEVEL 2, GENERAL BUILDING, 33 SHORTLAND STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 362 7050
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Web:
robertsonslaw.co.nz

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Helen Twomey

Tel:
Work +64 9 362 7052
Email:
Web:
www.robertsonslaw.co.nz
Robertsons

Position

Partner

Career

Helen was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2003 and has practised solely in insurance since her admission to the bar.  Her core focus is in liability insurance - Helen's practice is significantly concentrated on professional indemnity, and directors and officers, claims involving the legal and accounting professions, and the financial services sector.  Helen also handles a significant number of general liability and statutory liability claims.  Helen regularly appears in all Courts and in the last 18 months has successfully defended professionals in respect of two High Court proceedings and overturned an adverse High Court decision before the Court of Appeal.  Helen also regularly appears before various statutory and professional bodies, in particular for solicitors, accountants and financial advisers.  In addition to her liability defence work for insurers, Helen provides claims handling, policy drafting and risk management advice to insurers, brokers and insureds on a regular basis. 

Member

Helen is a member of NZILA and NZLS.  She is also a critiquer for the NZLS Introduction to High Court Civil Litigation Skills programme.


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Helen Twomey - Robertsons

Within: Insurance

Robertsons in Auckland provides 'very strong advice, with a commercial focus; the lawyers are experts in their field', according to one client, while another describes it as 'one of the best specialist insurance firms in New Zealand'. 'They know the industry well and are well organised and prompt', sources say of key lawyers Michael Robertson (who 'has strong legal skills and is good with clients'), 'clever, personable and savvy' PI specialist Helen Twomey, 'highly intelligent, very thorough and extremely well-organised' barrister and solicitor Rachael Woods and solicitor Jennifer Thompson, who is 'excellent on strategy'. 'The firm is focused on clients’ needs and is very thorough, which results in no surprises'. The firm has a lean team that punches well above its weight and its stellar caseload of clients, including QBE, Ando Insurance, Allianz, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, sees it climb the rankings. Robertson and Twomey successfully resisted an application for summary judgment in a case against financial adviser Crowe Horwath, having demonstrated that the claim was without merit prior to the hearing.

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