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 > Insurance

Russell McVeagh‘s fields a multi-disciplinary team that combines the strengths of litigation, regulatory and corporate experts to act for insurers, corporates and other industry players on complex insurance disputes and transactions. The firm enjoys a strong relationship with Earthquake Commission (EQC), and continues to advise on EQC’s statutory obligations and a range of other commercial and regulatory matters including an innovative natural disaster insurance claims model. Marika Eastwick-Field in Auckland co-heads the team alongside Wellington-based Nathaniel Walker, who handles significant insurance coverage disputes.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Marika Eastwick-FieldRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh is a full-service litigation practice that demonstrates strong capability in class actions, insolvency proceedings, construction disputes and ADR mandates. Group chair Marika Eastwick-Field is a top advocate for M&A disputes, banking and financial services, capital markets, property and insurance. Commercial litigators Malcolm Crotty, Kirsten Massey; insolvency partner Matthew Kersey and class action specialist Polly Pope, are the other central figures in Auckland. The Wellington litigation team comprises Chris Curran, whose work spans complex commercial disputes, public law, judicial reviews and IT projects, and Emmeline Rushbrook, who acts for financial markets participants in regulatory enforcement action involving the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.