Katie has extensive experience in construction, property and professional risks, having acted for domestic and international insurers, as well as engineering and construction professionals, architects, valuers and quantity surveyors. She is regularly instructed on first party property claims, defends complex litigated claims in professional indemnity matters, and has a reputation for successfully pursuing subrogated recoveries.

She is recognised for her ability to quickly identify and communicate complex issues and provide commercially astute advice, particularly when resolving disputes. She does this by combining her legal insight with her earlier career experience gained working with Zurich’s Major & Complex Loss team and AGCS’ Financial Lines team, in which she supervised large construction accounts.

Katie is ranked as a leading insurance lawyer in The Best Lawyers (2021 and 2022).

Katie is a member of the Women in Infrastructure Network, Construction Law Society of New Zealand and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand. She is admitted to practice in New Zealand and New South Wales.

Professional Indemnity

  • Acting as defence counsel in multiple litigated claims and mediations arising from earthquake prone and leaky building issues.
  • Successfully resolving a claim against insurers of an insolvent roofing company joined to proceedings with nine other defendants concerning the construction of a large apartment block.
  • Acting as defence counsel on behalf of London market insurers in proceedings filed by a bank against the valuer of an industrial development property.
  • Acting as defence and coverage counsel in more than 50 professional negligence claims following the collapse of a group of property investment companies. This eventually required the filing of interpleader proceedings to determine the priority of claimants with a charge over the remaining insurance fund.

Construction & Property

  • Resolving multiple claims for insurers arising out of significant fire damage to commercial buildings, including the resolution of court proceedings.
  • Advising insurers on a claim under a contract works policy following the rupture of a sewer rising main during upgrade works to a bridge.
  • Settling material damage and business interruption claims by multiple insured parties following significant fire damage to a restaurant, hotel and office premises.
  • Acting for contract works insurers in a claim arising from flooring damage during the construction of an apartment complex and advising insurers on recovery prospects.

Subrogated Recoveries

  • Achieving 100% recovery (indemnity and costs) for an insurer and co-insurers following damage to a fibre optic cable by an excavation company.
  • Advising on policy and recovery issues, as well as commercial strategy, following a large fire at a major shopping centre that resulted in significant sulphuric acid contamination of the underlying foundations of the building.
  • Advising on a potential recovery against a manufacturer of an inverter following a fire causing material loss and damage to large industrial premises.
  • Assisting an insurer with a recovery action against a builder and certifier following defective construction works to the insured’s shopping centre.
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction + Contract Works
  • Professional Liability
  • Subrogated Recoveries

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Property + Real Estate
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Professions + Business Solutions
  • Manufacturing

Professional Affiliations
  • Women’s Infrastructure Network
  • Construction Law Society of New Zealand
  • Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand
  • Engineering New Zealand (Affiliate Member)
  • New Zealand and Australian Insurance Law Associations
  • New Zealand and Australian Professional Indemnity Groups