Lourenzo Fernandez

Lourenzo Fernandez


Lourenzo joined the McElroys team in November 2020 from a large international law firm, where he spent the first two years of his legal career in the resource management litigation and advisory team.  During this time Lourenzo spent three months on secondment at the head office of a prominent national bank where he worked with the legal and commercial services teams.

Since joining McElroys, Lourenzo has developed experience in a range of areas of civil litigation, with a focus on material damage, professional indemnity, subrogated recoveries, construction, statutory liability and general liability. Lourenzo is part of McElroys’ marine team, providing indemnity and coverage advice to our marine industry clients, and conducting subrogated cargo recoveries.  Lourenzo also advisees and defends employers facing personal grievance claims.

Lourenzo has appeared in the High Court, District Court and specialist Tribunals, including the Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal and Real Estate Disciplinary Tribunal.  Lourenzo enjoys problem solving and dispute resolution and is focused on providing commercially pragmatic advice to clients.

Lourenzo completed degrees in Law (Honours) and Science (Biology and Environmental Science) at the University of Auckland. With a strong interest in international law and human rights, Lourenzo published an article in the 2018 edition of the Public Interest Law Journal of New Zealand, exploring international criminal accountability for genocide. Lourenzo was also a delegate at the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Law Honours Conference in Sydney in December 2019 where he presented his paper on the potential application of the Crime of Aggression at the International Criminal Court to a factual case study.  He is a regular contributor to McElroys’ Navigate.

When not at work, you will find Lourenzo hiking on Auckland’s dog-friendly trails, sailing on the Hauraki Gulf with friends, or reading.  Lourenzo is also an avid football fan and enjoys playing in Auckland’s social football leagues.

Principal areas of practice:

  • Material Damage – earthquake policy response issues.
  • Cargo and transport – carriage of goods (domestic and international), storage and bailment, carriers’ liability, subrogated cargo recoveries.
  • Marine Insurance – cargo, hull & machinery, repairers.
  • Professional Indemnity and discipline – real estate agents.
  • Employment disputes.


  • 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 disputes.
  • Strong advocacy in court and at mediation or negotiations.

Recent trial involvement / outcomes:

  • Junior counsel in High Court appeal of strike out and summary judgment proceedings affirming the importance of release clauses in settlement agreements (FibreTech Holdings Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2021] NZHC 3104).