Lorraine

Is a seasoned litigator practising in property, general and professional liability insurance.  She adds valuable advocacy and negotiation skills to the experienced team of litigators at Jones & Co. Lorraine’s expertise is honed by more than 50 trials while working for the Office of the Crown Solicitor. Her expertise in regulatory prosecution and advising in-house clients includes a post as Senior Legal Counsel for the Customs Service.  Given her Honours degree in Architecture, Lorraine’s natural choice of specialisation is insurance and construction litigation but Lorraine’s prosecution experience is invaluable to her approach to professional defence work, whether liability or disciplinary. She also brings experience in diverse industry sectors including education, management, TV and film. The ability to forensically analyse the facts early in a case is one way Lorraine can make a difference to clients’ experience of litigation – along with an acute understanding of the personal toll litigation can take on participants.

Skills & Experience

  • Property and land damage – Lorraine represented the insurers in a multi-million dollar property damage claim.
  • Professional Liability – Lorraine handled a claim for damage to specialist film industry computer equipment worth millions of dollars which had an ultimately successful outcome for the client.
  • Professional disciplinary and complaint investigations – In the short time since joining Jones & Co, Lorraine has achieved outstanding results for three separate professionals facing complaints to disciplinary bodies.
  • Privacy – Successfully pursued civil claim winning substantial pay-out for a plaintiff for breach of Court non-publication orders.
  • Motor vehicle claims – Understands the technical complexities of crash investigations.
  • Health and Life insurance claims – Lorraine has extensive experience handling complex medical and scientific expert evidence.
  • Leaky building claims.
  • In addition, Lorraine has dealt successfully with:
    • Countless judge-alone hearings on legal argument, especially regarding the admissibility of evidence and construction of offences. Several cases she successfully argued at first instance have been upheld by the Court of Appeal (Yu v NZCS) (Clark v R).
    • Fraud, cyber copyright fraud, Customs and Excise Border compliance and offences, immigration fraud, professional negligence.

Memberships

  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association
  • Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Society of Construction Law New Zealand
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • New Zealand Law Society
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