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DLA Piper New Zealand, Peter Leman, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

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Peter Leman

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Insurance


Peter is a specialist insurance litigator with expertise in a wide range of insurance areas. His expertise includes acting for fire and general insurers covering material damage and business interruption, public and product liability, and statutory liability and expertise in professional indemnity litigation for architects and engineers, valuers, surveyors, solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers. Peter has administered a liability claims handling service and a motor vehicle claims recovery service for a local insurer and has a thorough knowledge and understanding of legislative and regulatory environment for insurers and brokers. For further information, please view:


Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1984; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1990


New Zealand Law Society; Law Society of England and Wales; New Zealand Insurance Law Association


LLB, University of Auckland, 1986

New Zealand


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Peter Leman - DLA Piper New Zealand

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DLA Piper New Zealand is 'superb, it is a pleasure to work with them', remarks a barrister. The firm acts for many of the leading New Zealand insurers and reinsurers, as well as for the leading international and local insurance brokers, among them AIG, Allianz, Aon, Chubb and DUAL. Key partner and experienced litigator Caroline Laband has 'an excellent reputation in every respect' and one source refers to her as among 'the best insurance solicitors in Auckland'. She recently acted for IAG New Zealand in a test claim relating to earthquake damage to determine whether the reinstatement benefit under a residential property insurance can be assigned to a purchaser of the property. She also defended Allianz in a claim brought by QBE that resulted in a two-day High Court trial. Brad Cuff and special counsel Neil Beadle are also recommended. In Wellington, Peter Leman has 'strong skills and an excellent reputation'. Aimee Credin departed to join Wotton + Kearney. Crossley Gates also left the firm.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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