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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Marika is a commercial litigation specialist with particular expertise in banking and financial markets, real estate and construction, and insurance. She represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes, both in the Courts and in arbitrations. Marika also advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including contract, company and securities law, banking, construction, leasing and insurance.


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland.

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New Zealand > Dispute resolution

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Marika Eastwick-FieldRussell McVeagh

They are timely in their responses, and nothing is a problem‘, says a client of the litigation practice at Russell McVeagh. The firm has a solid reputation in high-profile litigation on behalf of domestic and international companies and banks. Its work spans key litigation areas such as construction, M&A, insolvency and class actions. It is also frequently involved in high-stakes financial regulatory enforcement matters. Marika Eastwick-Field leads the practice from Auckland, where firm chair and senior litigator Malcolm Crotty remains a key strategic adviser on disputes. IP and regulatory partner Joe Edwards and class action expert Polly Pope are also recommended. In 2020, partner Kirsten Massey joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where she handled banking litigation. Chris Curran in Wellington is also recommended. Former practice head Sarah Armstrong is now a barrister at Shortland Chambers.

New Zealand > Insurance

Russell McVeagh‘s insurance group comprises litigation, regulatory, competition, finance and corporate lawyers, for whom matters relating to earthquakes and natural disasters are a prime focus. The work includes transactional advice and high-value disputes, among which are insurance disputes of public importance in relation to the Earthquake Commission’s obligations arising from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010. Commercial litigation partners Marika Eastwick-Field and Nathaniel Walker lead the practice from Auckland. Eastwick-Field handles both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, while Walker is a key adviser to the Earthquake Commission. The firm’s most senior litigator Malcolm Crotty is also involved in insurance matters. Emmeline Rushbrook in Wellington handles law reform, compliance and enforcement matters.