Sarah graduated from the University of Auckland in 1997 and was admitted to the New Zealand bar that year.
She started working for the predecessor of the firm in 1996. In 2013 she became a partner.
Sarah is a specialist in insurance and local government liability. She regularly appears in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.
She also represents clients at mediations and judicial settlement conferences.
Sarah has successfully defended a number of defamation claims brought against her clients.
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
At the Senior Building Control Officer's Forum we convened a panel on the lessons that could be taken from the Stadium Southland case.
What's the limit?
An issue we encounter when representing councils in claims about defective building work is that the plaintiff sometimes amends the claim to include an entirely new category of building defects.
Duty to warn of concerns?
The decision of Andrews Property Services Ltd v Body Corporate 160361 & Ors  NZCA 644 was an appeal of a High Court decision.
In a significant number of the building defects cases that our firm defends on behalf of councils, property owners will often claim that their properties will suffer an ongoing diminution in value or stigma despite their properties being fully repaired.
Defective Properties - Contributory negligence or no claim?
The Weathertight Homes Tribunal and the courts have leant towards findings of contributory negligence on the part of claimants where claimants have purchased property which they know is defective or is potentially defective.
The devil is in the detail - consent conditions
Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council and A S Major  NZHC 1983
That Sinking Feeling
Claims against builders and councils concerning inadequate foundations were more common in the 1980s and the early to mid-1990s than in the 2000s.
Get it right
This case demonstrates the utmost importance of ensuring the accuracy of the informaton contained in all LIMs.
Six Years and You're Out
Sarah Macky considers the Supreme Court’s recent dismissal of an application for leave to appeal regarding the limitation period to be applied to claims concerning Land Information Memoranda and concludes that the proposition that reasonable discoverability applies to cases concerning councils, which involve anything other than building defects, has been well and truly put to bed.