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SUSAN THODEY

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Susan is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and also as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Over the last 30 years her practice has focused on managing claims on behalf of professionals and their insurers.  In recent years her focus has moved towards construction related claims acting on behalf of local government. In her work Susan strives to ensure that claims are managed in a collaborative manner with an emphasis on the early identification of the both the legal and commercial issues that require attention.

For many years Susan was the managing partner of the firm and its predecessor.  Susan is now a consultant to the firm continuing to act on a regular basis for the firm’s clients particularly during the course of negotiation and if a matter is required to be determined by way of arbitration or in court. Susan appears in court at all levels and is a well respected litigator.

In early 2012 Susan was appointed as a director of Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited a Crown owned company incorporated under the Companies Act 1993 and listed in schedule 4 of the Public Finance Act 1989.  She continues to hold that role.  The company is responsible for settling claims by AMI policy holders for Canterbury earthquake damage.

Susan is based in the South Island but continues to travel throughout New Zealand for the purposes of assisting the firm’s clients whenever that is necessary.

 

OF INTEREST

31 July 2015

Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Limited (Fleetwood Apartments) (No 2) (HC)

We succeeded in securing judgment against the builder on the council's cross claim.

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1 July 2015

Body Corporate 330324 v Brown (City Gardens) (No. 2) (HC)

We successfully applied on the council's behalf to adjourn a 12 week trial when the claimants tabled nearly 1,000 pages of reply evidence 5 weeks before the trial was due to commence.

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12 May 2015

Body Corporate 330324 & Ors v Auckland Council & Ors (City Gardens) (No. 1) (HC)

The ten year long stop defence does not apply to cross claims for apportionment between joint tortfeasors.

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4 July 2014

Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Limited & Ors (Fleetwood Apartments) (No. 1) (HC)

The court was the impediment to a settlement between the apartment owners and the council.

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4 July 2014

Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Limited & Ors (Fleetwood Apartments) (HC)

The court was the impediment to a settlement between the apartment owners and the council.

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18 December 2013

Johnson v North Shore City Council (CA)

The council preserved a deduction for the claimants’ contributory negligence on appeal to the Court of Appeal.

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25 October 2013

Clearwater Cove Apartments Body Corporate No 170989 v Auckland Council (HC)

The council maintained an award of indemnity costs on appeal in respect of the unit holders who brought unmeritorious claims against it and acted in bad faith.

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1 March 2012

Scandle v Far North District Council (CA)

The council preserved the finding that it had no liability to the owner of a building with foundation and weathertightness defects on appeal to the Court of Appeal.

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18 August 2011

Clearwater Cove Apartments Body Corporate 170989 v Auckland Council (WHT)

The council was found liable for only $2,909.50 on a claim of over $1.5 million.

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30 July 2010

Scandle v Far North District Council (HC)

The council successfully defended all causes of actions alleged against it.

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8 June 2010

D A Constable Syndicate 386 v Auckland District Law Society (CA)

The Auckland District Law Society successfully defended on appeal the judgment that its professional indemnity policy responded to the claims brought against it.

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22 March 2010

O’Hagan v Body Corporate 189855 (Byron Avenue) (CA)

The council successfully preserved the finding of contributory negligence made against the apartment owners by the High Court.

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20 August 2008

Auckland District Law Society v D A Constable Syndicate 386 (HC)

The Auckland District Law Society succeeded in its claim against its insurer for breaches of its professional indemnity policies.

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29 August 2003

Mullen v Rodney District Council (HC)

The council’s actions concerning a proposed public work did not cause the claimant’s mortgagee to sell her house.

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