Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council (SC)
The appeal from the Court of Appeal was allowed in part. The council succeeded in establishing that the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust had contributed to its own loss and damages were reduced by 50%.view summary
Decision of Complaints Assessment Committee: Miao & Dai
We successfully defended a complaint made against real estate agents. The Complaints Assessment Committee determined to take no further action on the complaint.view summary
Cattell v Auckland Council (HC)
We successfully defended the council from a negligence claim due to limitation and although the council was found liable in nuisance, it was only for damage to a concrete driveway turning bay and not for the more expensive damage to the house.view summary
Double J Smallwoods v Gisborne District Council  NZAR 1167 (HC)
We successfully defended the council against claims in nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher and although found liable in negligence, it was for only 26% of the amount claimed.view summary
Marina Resort Ltd v Body Corporate 170989 (in administration) (HC)
We acted for the administrator of a Body Corporate and we successfully resisted an application to set aside a statutory demand.view summary
Nightingale v James & Ors (DC)
We successfully defended real estate clients from allegations that they had forged initials on a sale and purchase agreement.view summary
Shaw v New Plymouth Club Inc (ERA)
We successfully defended a personal grievance by way of constructive dismissal claim in the Employment Relations Authority.view summary
Corbett v Voulk (HC)
We supported a successful application to have the self representing claimant declared an incapacitated person and a litigation guardian appointed to act on his behalf. The proceeding has been stayed pending the appointment of an appropriate litigation guardian.view summary
Horwood v Opotiki District Council (HC)
The council successfully defended an application for particular discovery of irrelevant documents.view summary
Manchester Securities Limited v Auckland Council (WHT)
We successfully argued in the Tribunal that the claimant’s assignment was invalid, its own claim should be reduced by 50% for contributory negligence and the quantum of the claim should be reduced. The net result was the claim was reduced by nearly 60%.view summary
The power of lay witnesses
Court confirms builder's duty is to build code-compliant buildings.
Can a casual employee raise a personal grievance? This question was answered in a recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority. Paul Robertson outlines the lessons to be learned.
Knowing your accuser
An employer receives a "confidential" complaint about an employee. The person complained about wants to know the name of their accuser. What is the employer to do?
Building contracts and negligence - does one exclude the other?
"... The pupils and teachers have not had the benefit of healthy code-compliant buildings for eight years; and the award reflects the amount necessary to repair the School."
Victory at any cost
Employment disputes often result in a pyrrhic victory, says Paul Robertson
Shadowclad & Councils
Third party claims and 10 year limitation periods tested in court.
Stadium Southland Decision
On 14 December 2017 the Supreme Court released its Stadium Southland judgment. The Supreme Court allowed the appeal in part.
Coastal Flooding Challenge
Climate change will impact on us all and especially on those living and working along the coast.
Breaching Privacy Costs
What is the cost to a person/school if personal information is leaked?
Breaching a record of settlement
Reaching a settlement involves making compromises.