Peter Hunt

Partner | LLB, BCom


+64 21 480099

Peter is a civil litigator who commenced practice in 1991. He brings to the practice of litigation a range of skills including technical legal knowledge, practical problem solving and advocacy. Peter strives to understand his clients’ needs, to obtain necessary information and to make an early assessment of litigation strategy whether that be discussion, formal negotiation, or seeking a binding decision through arbitration or the Courts.

Principal areas of practice:


  • Professional Indemnity – engineers, architects, real estate agents, valuers, accountants, lawyers
  • General Liability – fires, construction, horticulture, product recall
  • Material Damage – earthquake policy response issues
  • Regulatory and Health and Safety – Work Safe investigations and prosecutions, Commerce Commission, FMA, RMA

Skills:


  • Proactive and expedient approach to seeing claims through to resolution
  • Technical and concise reporting and formulation of strategy
  • Advocacy. Considerable trial and mediation experience
  • Access to leading experts
  • Integrative client service including seminars and training

Recent trial involvement/outcomes:


  • Ritchie v EQC and Lumley – The Rule of Uncertainty (High Court);
  • Xu v IAG and The EQC – Assignment of Insurance claims
  • Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (N.Z.) Limited [2015] NZHC 1427
  • Earthquake. Court of Appeal decisions in Marriott and Morrison on key issues of automatic reinstatement, merger, indemnity principle, deductible and apportionment of damage across multiple events. High Court decision in Jarden regarding burden of proof and the application of reinstatement cover
  • Construction. Acting for leading engineers and architects on construction and infrastructure disputes including leaky buildings. Striking out of case against insurer under S9 Law Reform Act 1936 and strike out of case against construction company on large leaky building claim
  • Real Estate. 6 successful cases in the READT over the last 3 years. Successful defence of several licensees in negligence and Fair Trading claims
  • Valuation. Successful defence of disciplinary issue before Valuers Registration Board and successful resolution of numerous post GFC negligence claims
  • Accounting. Strike out of 2 separate unmeritorious claims against accountants. Appearing on disciplinary issues and resolution of negligence and equity claims
  • Legal. Successful defence of leading law firm in 4 week High Court trial and subsequent appeal. Strike out of time barred action. Resolution of numerous and varied negligence and equity claims
  • Personal Injury. Successful defence of manufacturer in action alleging carbon monoxide poisoning