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  • Can’t see the wood for the trees – part 2

    In our March 2018 newsletter we discussed the District Court case where the Queenstown Lakes District Council was found not responsible for damage to motel units caused by a falling tree located on a council reserve.  The motel owner has now successfully appealed that decision to the High Court, which found the council liable for…

  • The Supreme Court on Stadium Southland

    In our June 2017 newsletter we published an article on the key points from the Court of Appeal’s landmark judgment in the “Stadium Southland” litigation.The decision was a win for councils, as it was found that a council did not owe a duty of care to “commissioning owners”, because they could not be said to…

  • Homeowners Pay the Price of Being Difficult

    The costs of dragging a reasonable council to court In building defect claims, sometimes it feels like homeowners are driven by raw emotion rather than good financial sense. In such cases, despite our best efforts, occasionally a claim that should settle will end up in Court for trial. In this situation, local authorities should consider…