Susan is a specialist litigator acting in all manner of litigation disputes for our clients.
Her work includes insurance law, insolvency, property litigation and various other disputes including significant court room litigation for nationally recognised clients.
Susan has experience advising on a vast range of insurance issues including professional indemnity and negligence actions, alternative dispute resolution, policy interpretation and drafting, analysis and advice on recent decisions or legislative changes, declinature advice, subrogated recoveries and subrogated defence. Given events in Christchurch over the previous few years, Susan has also acted on a vast range of earthquake related and business interruption insurance claims.
Susan also has a particular interest and experience in construction law. She acts for contractors, developers, design professionals and private owners on a range of matters including advising on construction contracts (including standard forms such as NZS 3910 and 3915) and opinion work in respect of general construction issues, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and leaky building cases.
Susan's experience also includes construction litigation and she has extensive advocacy experience before the Courts, in arbitrations and in special tribunals including the Weathertight Homes Tribunal. She also regularly represents clients in adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and has acted in cases that have influenced New Zealand construction law; for example Bills v Arnold Jensen (2005) Limited (High Court, Christchurch CIV-2008-409-1349, 10/10/08, Fogarty J).
Susan has a warm outgoing personality and a proven track record of providing outstanding service and results to our clients who appreciate her strategic approach, attention to detail and organisational skills.
LLB (Canterbury) 2002
BSc (Canterbury) 2002
Member of Society of Construction Law (SCL)
Member of National Association of Women in Construction (NZ)
Greer Hopkinson – Legal Secretary