Joanna Stafford

Joanna Stafford

Principal | LLB, BA

Joanna commenced practice in 2000. She joined McElroys as a principal in 2018 after having worked at two other prominent insurance law practices in Auckland. She specialises in professional indemnity and disciplinary matters advising insurers on indemnity, claim resolution and recovery.

Joanna also assists professionals to respond to disciplinary matters and complaints that are the subject of investigation by professional regulatory bodies and the Health and Disability Commissioners Office. She acts for a variety of professionals including architects, engineers, lawyers and real estate agents and has particular expertise in the health sector, advising health professionals and organisations with regard to complaints, competence and compliance issues. She regularly appears before professional bodies, disciplinary committees, tribunals and in mediations as well as defending claims in the District and High Courts.

Principal areas of practice:

  • Professional Indemnity – solicitors, real estate agents, accountants, architects, engineers, directors and other professional insureds
  • Professional Discipline – solicitors, real estate agents, medical practitioners
  • Indemnity advice


  • Positive and effective relationships with clients, parties and opposing counsel
  • Thoughtful and considered advice on liability, strategy and resolution of disputes
  • Commercial and practical approach to litigation and disputes
  • Strong advocacy in court and at mediation or negotiations