Marika Eastwick-Field > Russell McVeagh > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Marika is a highly sought after commercial litigation specialist with a particular focus on complex commercial disputes. She has contentious and advisory expertise in mergers and acquisitions disputes, banking and financial services, capital markets, property and leasing disputes and insurance. As Practice Group Chair of Russell McVeagh’s litigation group and co-leader of the firm’s insurance disputes practice, Marika brings a commercial and strategic approach to disputes and is valued for her ability to avoid and efficiently resolve issues for her clients. In the last year she’s acted on a range of high profile commercial disputes as well as a variety of contentious insurance claims, including in relation to earthquake damage.

Marika joined Russell McVeagh in 2008 from another firm, and has been a partner since 2016.


Marika is a member of the NZ Insurance Law Association.


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Marika Eastwick-FieldRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh is praised for its ‘exceptional’ ability to ‘take complex legal issues and distil down clear and concise advice to be able to guide strategy’. The team is regularly involved in significant high-profile disputes, including large-scale class actions and contentious matters, across a wide range of sectors. The practice is steered by Kirsten Massey, who is a highly experienced commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist, with particular expertise in class actions, financial services litigation and professional negligence disputes. Key contact Malcolm Crotty is a trusted adviser for critical and strategic litigation matters, while the ‘impressive’ Marika Eastwick-Field is noted for her contentious and advisory expertise in M&A, banking and financial services, capital markets, property, and leasing disputes. Nathaniel Walker has a proven track record in all levels of the New Zealand court system and routinely receives instructions at the top of the market.

New Zealand > Insurance

Russell McVeagh continues to be known for its advisory and contentious work with the Toka Tū Ake Earthquake Commission regarding its obligations arising from the Canterbury earthquake sequence. Acting principally on coverage disputes, Marika Eastwick-Field co-heads the practice alongside Nathaniel Walker, who is knowledgeable in claims arising out of natural catastrophes. Tom Hunt is the lead partner for insurance regulatory work.