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Karen Welsford

Special Counsel

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Karen is a special counsel in our litigation and dispute resolution team.  She provides advice on a wide range of civil and commercial litigation and insurance law issues.  Karen shares her time between Christchurch and Mapua, where she is based, and so is well placed to assist clients in the Nelson/Tasman region.

Why our clients choose Karen: Individual and business clients alike appreciate Karen’s clear and practical advice.  Her years of litigation and dispute resolution experience enable her to efficiently tailor a strategy to achieve the best possible solution to a broad range of often complex and potentially daunting disputes.    

Karen’s journey: Karen graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1996 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2004.  Prior to entering the legal profession Karen gained seven years’ experience in the insurance industry, in New Zealand and London, which is invaluable to her insurance practice. 

Karen’s values: Karen works closely with clients to ensure disputes are resolved in a way which best meets their goals.  While in some cases court proceedings are necessary, Karen promotes alternatives to court whenever appropriate.

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  • Advice and representation in respect of a broad range of disputes including negligence claims, disputed insurance claims, lease disputes, disputes involving franchise agreements and other contractual and property disputes – most frequently achieving resolution out of Court, either at mediation or through negotiation.

  • Regularly advises insurers on policy coverage issues, defends claims against their insureds and pursues recoveries against third parties in respect of damage to insured property.

  • Provided advice and representation to both insurers and insured business and property owners in respect of numerous multi-million dollar earthquake related insurance claims and litigation – including in respect of many significant commercial buildings in Christchurch and probably the largest ever insurance claim in New Zealand.

  • Successfully obtained relief against a decision not to renew a 25 year lease Transform Minerals Ltd v Gordon Wright & Sons Ltd (2010) 8 NZCPR 558.


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