Lourenzo Fernandez

Lourenzo Fernandez


Lourenzo joined McElroys in 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 developed litigation experience, assisting with the preparation for hearings at the High Court and Environment Court and working on criminal prosecutions for environmental offences. Lourenzo also spent three months on secondment at the head office of a prominent national bank where he worked on reviewing contractual outsourcing arrangements, including technology and software services agreements.

Lourenzo enjoys the variety of work that insurance litigation provides for and has a strong interest in professional indemnity and liability, employment disputes, maritime law, and construction related insurance issues, particularly earthquake claims.

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, presenting his paper on the potential application of the Crime of Aggression at the International Criminal Court to a factual case study.

Outside of work, Lourenzo is passionate about football, and enjoys going to concerts, sailing out on the Hauraki Gulf with friends, and walking his dog.

Principal areas of practice:

  • Cargo and transport – carriage of goods (domestic and international), storage and bailment, carriers’ liability, subrogated cargo recoveries.
  • Marine Insurance – cargo, hull & machinery, repairers.
  • General liability and construction.
  • Material Damage – earthquake policy response issues.


  • ​Detailed analysis of legal issues.
  • Practical and considered advice on litigation strategy and resolution.
  • Constructive and effective relationships with clients, parties and opposing counsel.