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Karen Welsford LL.B (Hons) Special Counsel

Karen is special counsel in our civil and commercial litigation team, and a member of the firm's insurance law team. 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Karen gained seven years' experience in the insurance industry, both in New Zealand and London, which led to her interest in insurance law.  This background has proven to be invaluable to Karen's insurance practice.  She advises insurers and insureds on a full range of insurance claims issues across a wide variety of policies, and has experience in all aspects of insurance related litigation.       

Karen also assists individual, business  and corporate clients to resolve a broad variety of disputes.  These  include negligence claims, lease disputes and other contractual and property disputes, as well as debt recovery, insolvency litigation and related issues.  Karen has experience in a range of dispute resolution forums including both the District and High Courts, arbitration, mediation and negotiation, and she promotes alternatives to Court whenever appropriate.   

Most recently, earthquake related issues have been a dominant feature of Karen's practice.  As well as representing a building owner at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into building failure caused by Canterbury Earthquakes, Karen has assisted numerous clients with insurance and EQC disputes.  She also frequently provides advice to property and business owners in respect of the settlement of their insurance claims.

Sharing her time between Young Hunter’s Christchurch office and Mapua, where she is based, means that Karen is also well placed to assist clients in the Nelson region.

Karen graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1996 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2004.  

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