Matt is an insurance litigation specialist, with a particular focus on policy disputes and negligence claims against professionals.

Matt graduated from the University of Otago in 1994. He spent ten years working in the insurance industry as both a claims handler and underwriter before returning to private practice in 2006.

Throughout his career, Matt has focussed on claims against professionals and the resolution of indemnity issues. His work as a solicitor, insurance claims handler and underwriter means that he has a unique understanding of the insurance industry and the demands placed upon it. Matt uses his experience to provide clear, direct advice and is always mindful of the ultimate strategy of achieving the best outcome for his clients in the most cost-effective manner.

Matt has significant court and dispute resolution experience, having represented clients in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.


Contact details

 

DDI | 09 373 0125
Email | matthew.atkinson@FeeLangstone.co.nz
Legal Secretary | Sherryn Flower
Legal Secretary’s DDI | 09 366 5803
Legal Secretary’s Email | sherryn.flower@FeeLangstone.co.nz


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Work highlights

  • Successfully representing the insurer of an earthquake damaged building in Parkin v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2015] NZCH 1675.
     
  • Defending a firm of forestry consultants accused of negligence in Blackmount Forest Limited v Trinity Foundation (Services No.2) Limited.
     
  • Successfully defending a pre-purchase inspector in professional negligence proceedings – Newton v Stewart [2013] NZHC 970.
     
  • Representing an insurer in respect of a claim on a professional indemnity policy in Timtech Chemicals Ltd v QBE Insurance (International) Ltd – successful in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
     
  • Defending a professional negligence claim brought against a firm of patent attorneys – The Baby Hammock Co Ltd v A J Park Law [2012] NZHC 1061.
     
  • Defending the auditor of a failed finance company in civil proceedings and a disciplinary complaint.
     
  • Representing numerous insured defendants in respect of charges laid against them under the Resource Management Act, Fair Trading Act and Health & Safety in Employment Act.
     
  • Representing numerous solicitors and accountants in respect of charges laid against them by professional bodies.

Professional associations

  • New Zealand Law Society
     
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association