Mr Peter Woods > Anthony Harper > Christchurch, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Anthony Harper
Level 9, Anthony Harper Tower
Worcester Boulevard
New Zealand

Work Department



Partner | Litigation


Peter advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including commercial property, company law, contract interpretation, construction (including leaky homes), defamation, franchise, insurance and intellectual property.

He is actively engaged with property owners in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake and has represented them in claims against insurance companies and the Earthquake Commission. He leads the EQC Group Action where the owners of more than 130 properties are investigating a challenge to Earthquake Commission’s interpretation of its statutory standard of repair. Peter is at the forefront of this litigation.

In addition to insurance litigation, Peter has a broad international commercial litigation practice regularly appearing in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and at arbitrations. He has also appeared before the Royal Commission into the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission.

He is recommended in the 2017-2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guides.


New Zealand Insurance Law Association, Society for Construction Law, Franchise Association of New Zealand Mediation Panel, Accredited Mediator with CEDR (2000)


BSC/LLB | University of Canterbury; LLM | University of Nottingham; Accredited Mediator CEDR, UK

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

Anthony Harper is particularly active in the commercial, construction and insurance litigation spaces. Public law, property law disputes and claims resulting from natural disasters are also growing areas of work, particularly for Christchurch based Peter Woods ,who is experienced in claims generated by the earthquakes in Christchurch and Canterbury, having led the first High Court trial against Southern Response Earthquake Services. In the construction and insolvency space, Auckland based Dan Hughes ‘is a tough but sensible litigator’. Lynne Van is likewise recommended for contentious insolvency and commercial issues.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Al Tamimi & Company‘s clients include financial institutions, domestic and foreign corporate and government and semi-government entities, and the firm is particularly notable for its DIFC practice. Practice head Rita Jaballah  is well regarded for litigation and regulatory proceedings with a nexus to banking and finance. Senior counsel Peter Woods acts for clients in a range of industries, including financial services, insurance and reinsurance, construction and real estate. Essam Al Tamimi  is another name to note.