Peter is an insurance litigator who is particularly known for advising on complex coverage disputes in both property and liability claims. In recent years, this has included novel claims involving liability for defective repair of earthquake damage.

Peter also has a strong interest in defending professional indemnity claims against engineers.

Peter is ranked as a leading individual for insurance law in New Zealand by The Legal 500 and a Band 2 individual for insurance by Chambers & Partners, with one source commenting: “Peter’s level of knowledge is a real asset to the insurance industry. He is always a reliable source when seeking advice pertaining to the application of the law in this space.”

  • Acting for the plaintiff-insurer of 400+ Canterbury domestic property claims in a High Court recovery action against EQC for under-paying foundation costs for land that had suffered increased liquefaction vulnerability.
  • Acting for the plaintiff-insurer of 80+ homeowners in a subrogated recovery action  following a forest fire.
  • Defending the insurer of a multi-storey commercial building, which was alleged to have suffered damage exceeding $50 million due to the Kaikoura earthquake.
  • Defending an engineering consultancy in commercial arbitration proceedings regarding allegations of design errors.
Areas of Expertise
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property - Commercial
  • Property - Major Loss
  • Property - Subrogation

Industry Representation
  • Coverage Disputes
  • Statutory Liability Claims
  • Business Interruption
  • Recovery Actions
  • Industrial + Commercial Property

Professional Affiliations
  • ANZIIF (Member, NZ Advisory Board)
  • NZILA