Three Kiwi insurance law practices recognized internationally for excellence

by Mina Martin 16 Nov 2016

Three Kiwi insurance law practices recognized internationally for excellence

Bell Gully, DAC Beachcroft New Zealand, and DLA Piper New Zealand have been recommended in the highly esteemed Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 guide.

Legal 500, updated annually, is an international guide that features and recommends top firms and practitioners across different areas of law within the Asia-Pacific region.

Bell Gully, which acts for major insurers Aon, QBE, and Suncorp, has been described by Legal 500 as a “superb firm… infused with quality and a trusted adviser.” Belly Gully’s David Friar and Simon Ladd were recognized as leading individuals for insurance; while Glenn Joblin was recommended for corporate and regulatory advice to insurers.

Legal 500 said “best-in-class” insurance litigation boutique DAC Beachcroft New Zealand has a “very responsive team with a pragmatic approach.” DAC Beachcroft’s Antony Holden was named a leading lawyer for insurance; while Andrew Moore and Hugh King were recognized as next generation insurance lawyers. Mark Anderson and Matthew Francis were also recommended.

DLA Piper New Zealand, on the other hand, was described as “first class, one of the best insurance teams in the country.” Three of DLA Piper’s lawyers were listed as top lawyers for insurance: Crossley Gates, Grant MacDonald, and Peter Leman; while Neil Beadle was listed as a next generation lawyer. Veronica Cress and Caroline Laband were also recommended in the list.

Other top Kiwi insurance lawyers listed by Legal 500 were Ian Denton of Wilson Harle; Garth Gallaway, Chapman Tripp; Richard Johnstone, Wynn Williams; John Knight, Chapman Tripp; and Martin Smith, Gilbert Walker.

Other next generation insurance lawyers named by Legal 500 were Toby Gee of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Helen Macfarlane, Hesketh Henry.


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