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Fee Langstone
New Zealand




Philippa is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading litigation and dispute resolution lawyers.

Her principal specialist area is the representation of professionals in connection with claims for negligence and disciplinary complaints. The parties she routinely assists include lawyers, chartered accountants, engineers, architects and insurance brokers.

She also regularly acts in claims against directors and officers, including (recently) those brought by liquidators, receivers or regulators arising from corporate financial collapse.

She routinely represents insurers and their clients in property damage claims which are covered under public and products liability policies.

Other areas of specialty include construction disputes (including leaky building litigation) and regulatory prosecutions.


Member of the Society of Construction Law

Regular speaker to industry groups on legal issues relevant to the commercial sector, such as risk management, liability of professionals and company directors/officers, insurance law, and developments in the law (particularly tort law)

Has been a very active member of the Auckland District Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, holding positions on various subcommittees responsible for professional development of the insurance industry

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kristin School, one of New Zealand’s largest independent schools (

Authored the New Zealand chapter of International Product Liability, a text published by the Centre for International Legal Studies

Member of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)


LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

Fee Langstone in Auckland is best known for its insurance expertise, but its work for major domestic and overseas insurers has led it to develop a strong foothold in commercial litigation for its insurer clients’ insured organisations. The firm, which joins this year’s ranking, has been involved in some of the most significant commercial disputes in New Zealand and represented one of the defendants in the Feltex class-action shareholder claim, which went to the Supreme Court in 2018. Last year, the firm handled matters in District Courts, High Courts and the Court of Appeal. Philippa Fee, Pauline Davies, Matthew Atkinson and newly promoted Russell Stewart are the lead litigation partners.

New Zealand > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

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Fee Langstone in Auckland is a specialist insurance and commercial litigation practice consisting of seven partners following the promotion of newly promoted partners Virginia Wethey and Russell Stewart. The firm acts for numerous major domestic and overseas insurers. Name partners Philippa Fee (who is ‘fiercely intelligent but takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to the resolution of insurance disputes‘) and Craig Langstone, along with property insurance specialist Cecily Brick, are among the market’s leading lights. Pauline Davies is a leading adviser on marine insurance. The firm’s formal relationship with Clyde & Co LLP has expanded its work in many areas, notably cyber insurance, and Langstone now leads a Data Breach Response team together with external providers of data forensics recovery, public relations crisis management and business interruption forensic accounting.