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Caroline Laband

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Insurance


Caroline is a partner in our insurance group, where she assists clients in the insurance industry to navigate their way through complex disputes.

She has over 15 years' local and international experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom representing insurers, brokers, and insured corporations in High Court, Court of Appeal and arbitration proceedings.

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2008, Caroline practised as a barrister at 7 King's Bench Walk, the preeminent insurance law chambers in London. During her time at these chambers she practised principally in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, professional negligence, and banking and financial services.


  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2009
  • Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, 2001


  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association


  • LLM (Hons), Cambridge University, 1999
  • BA (Hons), Cambridge University, 1998
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2000

New Zealand

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper New Zealand 'understands our business and meets or exceeds our expectations', remarks a client. The firm provides 'a high level service due to its professionalism and expertise' in specialist areas such as insurance, as well as in general commercial litigation. The key partner in Auckland is Iain Thain, of whom one clients says, 'he is one of the best litigators in New Zealand - equal to, or better than, any in this area'. He counts Foodstuffs South Island and Foodstuffs North Island among his clients. He recently worked with insurance partner Caroline Laband to advise Tower Insurance and Insurance Australia Group in a High Court matter that raised questions about the transfer of policies to new owners of damaged properties. Special counsel Alicia Murray is also recommended, having advised China Construction Bank in a dispute over a performance bond. Adam Holloway left to join Wotton + Kearney.

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Caroline Laband - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Insurance

DLA Piper New Zealand is 'superb, it is a pleasure to work with them', remarks a barrister. The firm acts for many of the leading New Zealand insurers and reinsurers, as well as for the leading international and local insurance brokers, among them AIG, Allianz, Aon, Chubb and DUAL. Key partner and experienced litigator Caroline Laband has 'an excellent reputation in every respect' and one source refers to her as among 'the best insurance solicitors in Auckland'. She recently acted for IAG New Zealand in a test claim relating to earthquake damage to determine whether the reinstatement benefit under a residential property insurance can be assigned to a purchaser of the property. She also defended Allianz in a claim brought by QBE that resulted in a two-day High Court trial. Brad Cuff and special counsel Neil Beadle are also recommended. In Wellington, Peter Leman has 'strong skills and an excellent reputation'. Aimee Credin departed to join Wotton + Kearney. Crossley Gates also left the firm.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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