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Antony Holden


About Antony Holden

Antony is the Managing Partner of Wotton + Kearney in New Zealand. He has over 20 years experience in acting for insurers, reinsurers and their clients over a wide range of insurance issues in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Great Britain and the Channel Islands.

Antony is consistently recognised as a leading individual in insurance law by The Legal 500.  He specialises in professional liability, directors and officers, construction, public and products liability, and property claims. Antony has defended insurers in two high profile D&O claims following the collapse of Nathans Finance and Hanover Finance.

Outside the Courts, Antony has led the response of several global insurers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s syndicates to both the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes. This has included disputes in respect to insurers allocation and re-allocation of losses between earthquake events.

Areas of Expertise

  • D&O
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Product Liability
  • Property & Energy
  • Reinsurance

Industry Representation

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions & Services
  • Professions & Business Services
  • Property & Real Estate

Antony Holden's Experience

Antony and his team have had major wins for insurers in New Zealand’s highest Courts including:

  • Firm PI 1 Limited v Zurich Australian Insurance Limited [2014] NZSC 147. This is now the leading case on the interpretation of contracts of insurance in New Zealand.
  • Zurich Australian Insurance Ltd v Cognition Education Limited [2014] NZSC 188.  This was a key case for insurers and reinsurers who include arbitration clauses in their policies – such clauses cannot be circumvented by summary judgment proceedings.
  • Bridgecorp Limited (in receivership and liquidation) v Certain Lloyd’s Underwriters under policy B0701L505809 [2014] NZCA 571. This was an important case for Lloyd’s and foreign insurers who do not have an office in New Zealand. The Court of Appeal confirmed that s9 Law Reform Act 1936 does not have extra-territorial application.

Professional Affiliations

  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association.
  • British Insurance Law Association.