Luke practises across a range of insurance areas, including material damage and business interruption, statutory liability, general liability and professional indemnity matters.

With considerable experience defending insurers from claims arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes, Luke has developed a particular focus on first party losses and subrogated recoveries.

More broadly, he regularly helps insureds defend charges laid under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Resource Management Act 1991.  He also assists with advising insured professionals on a wide range of professional negligence claims, including matters involving architects, builders, building surveyors and engineers.

Luke has also completed secondments with two international insurers, which has given him valuable insight into the challenges facing claims teams and the legal service they require.

  • Advising on complex material damage and business interruption indemnity issues for insurers.
  • Pursuing subrogated recovery claims for insurers and insureds, including claims following fire damage caused to commercial buildings.
  • Defending operators in the agricultural and forestry sectors in health and safety investigations and prosecutions, including in a number of matters involving fatalities.
  • Achieving positive outcomes for agricultural and industrial operators and their clients in regulatory investigations and proceedings (including criminal and civil claims), which have involved actual and alleged environmental discharges.
  • Assisting in the defence of insured professionals involved in leaky building and defect claims regarding large apartment buildings.
  • Working on professional negligence claims brought against engineers in multi-party defective building claims and failed remediation claims following the Canterbury Earthquakes.
  • Advising on, and assisting with, professional negligence claims brought against building surveyors, architects and engineers.
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Property
  • Environmental Liability
  • General Liability
  • Inquiries, Investigations + Prosecutions
  • Professional Liability
  • Subrogated Recoveries

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Agriculture + Forestry
  • Professions + Business Servies