Ms Karen Kemp > Anthony Harper > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Anthony Harper
New Zealand

Work Department

Litigation and Construction


Partner | Litigation


Karen specialises in commercial litigation, advising clients on a wide range of disputes and risk management.

She has extensive experience acting for national and international clients in corporate disputes, construction risk management and project litigation, debt collection and issues relating to regulatory compliance.

Karen uses her experience to provide strategic advice to get the best result for the client.  She is an expert in a wide range of construction contract claims under NZ Standard Forms and NEC contracts, acting for all manner of construction clients – contractors, principals, subcontractors – as well as companies and individuals in general litigation. 

She has acted on several complex construction adjudications and arbitrations, appeared as counsel in the High Court, District Court and Tribunals, as well as advising clients on complex investigations by the Department of Internal Affairs or acting in judicial review proceedings.

Karen is recommended in the 2016-2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guides.


National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Infrastructure New Zealand, Women in Infrastructure (Board), and Society of Construction Law


BA (Hons) | Cambridge University; MA (Cantab) | Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (UK)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

Anthony Harper handles a varied roster of real estate and construction mandates, leveraging its expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. For construction, the ‘proactive’ and ‘versatile’ team is highly skilled in infrastructure projects, where it tends to provide advice on risk management, procurement and litigation relating to schedule delays and breach of contract issues. In terms of real estate, prominent work includes capital markets transactions requiring the acquisition and disposal of office blocks, shopping malls and retail centres. Ed Dunphy and Karen Kemp, a specialist in litigation, co-head the practice alongside commercial property expert Tim Barclay, who ‘goes all the way to support client needs’Tim Bunker is another key contact, as well as Christchurch-based senior associate Jessica Hanning. All other named partners are based in Auckland.