Charlotta graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2001. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2007 and to the New Zealand Bar in 2011.
Her career began as a litigation assistant at a large UK personal injury practice. After completing her legal studies, as a postgraduate at the University of Central England, she practiced principally in the area of civil litigation, specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims.
In 2009 Charlotta moved to New Zealand and joined the predecessor to the current firm. She completed a Masters in Legal Studies with a focus on local government law and is now a litigation specialist managing a diverse range of claims in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, the District Court and the High Court.
Charlotta was appointed an associate of the firm in 2014.
We act for twenty third party councils joined to this representative action by Carter Holt Harvey (CHH). CHH is being sued by a number of home owners with Shadowclad, a CHH product, on their houses. The claim is representative and funded by a litigation funder. The home owners allege that Shadowclad is inherently defective. This judgment deals with CHH’s applications regarding abuse of process, leave to appeal and an associated stay.
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%.