Andrew Colgan

Senior Associate | BCom, LLB, LLM

Andrew has experience in a range of areas of civil litigation, with an emphasis on maritime and professional indemnity law. As well as frequent involvement in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, he has experience preparing for and conducting defended hearings and trials in both the District and High Courts.

Andrew completed degrees in Commerce (Economics) and Law before undertaking an LLM looking at the international legal framework for preferential trade agreements, for which he received First Class Honors. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2009 and joined McElroys in 2010. Andrew is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and Law & Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ).

With a strong interest in international development, Andrew co-founded ADC Microfinance, a New Zealand-based charitable organisation supporting the provision of financial services in poor communities, primarily in Myanmar. Since its inception, ADC Microfinance has provided over $1.7 million in poverty-focused small business loans along with financial services to
over 1500 clients (over 85% of whom are women).

A member of the Diciplinary Committee Panel for the Auckland Football Federation, he also enjoys both football and running, not to mention organising our McElroys’ Trivia Nights.

Principal areas of practice:

  • Marine Insurance – cargo, hull & machinery, statutory liability, freight forwarders, boat builders and repairer.
  • Cargo and transport – carriage of goods (domestic and international), storage and bailment, carriers’ liability, subrogated cargo recoveries.
  • Professional Indemnity – lawyers, valuers, accountants.
  • General and liability – motor, material damage, marine industry liability.
  • Regulatory and Health & Safety – investigations and prosecutions by Worksafe, Maritime New Zealand and Commerce Commission.


  • Quality advice on risk, strategy and resolution of claims.
  • Knowledge of and experience in civil procedure.
  • Negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Guiding clients and insured parties through the litigation process.
  • Good working relationship with international shipping lines, and access to leading marine industry experts.

Recent trial involvement / outcomes:

  • Numerous negotiated settlements of cargo claims against international shipping lines.
  • Successful claim against bailee for loss of motor vehicle.
  • Supporting maritime operators through investigations by Maritime New Zealand following incidents involving injuries and fatalities.
  • Successful application for discharge against conviction under in maritime prosecution.
  • Appeared as junior counsel in AWDA v Mobil (2013).