Steve Chatwin

Steve Chatwin

 

Steve is one of the leading civil litigation lawyers in the Waikato region. He has over 20 years experience specialising in civil and commercial litigation.

Steve advises on civil and commercial disputes, risk management, relationship property, insurance law, insolvency and securities.

Some examples of Steve’s experience are:

  • Representing the Waikato Regional Sports and Events Centre Trust Board in defending a high profile liquidation proceeding pursued by Redman Advertising & Marketing Limited prior to the construction of the Waikato Stadium (Waikato Regional Sports & Events Centre Trust Board v Redman Advertising & Marketing Limited; M No. 125/00, High Court, Hamilton, 3/7/00).
  • Representing the insurer of a stevedoring subsidiary of a significant New Zealand steel manufacturer in a High Court claim for $440,000.00 against a significant British shipping company and its subsidiaries in Hong Kong and the United States, for the negligence of a ship's crew in damaging cargo while loading a ship at the Port of Tauranga. (Associated Stevedores Limited v Blue Star Line Limited & Others, CP No. 5/95, High Court, Tauranga).
  • Representing the insurer of a crane hire company in a three week High Court trial to determine liability for a crane accident which destroyed a crane, yacht, and wharf. The local Council was held liable for the collapse of the wharf and the resulting destruction of the crane and yacht. The claim against the client was successfully defended. The client's claim against the third party Council was successful. (Tocker & Bayliss v Goodwill Holdings Limited & Whakatane District Council CP No39/87, Tauranga High Court, Penlington J, 5/5/93).
  • Representing a registered valuer in defending a High Court claim by financiers for losses in the sum of $5,000,000.00 allegedly resulting from a negligent registered valuation of a development block of land.
  • Representing Waikato Regional Council in High Court litigation against the owner of a ship and ultimately being successful in obtaining an Order entitling Council to scuttle the ship in deep waters (Dorn v WRC).
  • Advising Dexcel (the former Crown entity operating in the Dairy Industry) in relation to a comprehensive review of risk management issues.
  • Representing the insurer of a firm of solicitors in defending a High Court claim for the sum of $700,000.00 allegedly caused by the negligence of the defendants. (High Court, Hamilton).
  • Representing a significant concrete supplier in a nine day Court hearing to successfully defend a claim by a contractor that defective concrete had been supplied for the construction of kerb and channelling in a new subdivision (Hamilton City Council v Kettco Concrete & Ready Mixed Concrete).
  • Representing the insurers of the registered proprietors of a property destroyed by flooding in a claim against a Regional Council for negligence in the construction of flood protection works; and obtaining an order allowing the plaintiffs to proceed against the Council in negligence notwithstanding the compensatory provisions of the Public Works Act. This decision is a leading New Zealand authority on sections 145 and 148 of the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941. (Burke v Waikato Regional Council & Thames Coromandel District Council NP 317/95, Hamilton District Court, Judge Wolff, 8/8/96).
  • Representing the insurer of the owner of a night club business in defending a High Court claim for losses resulting from a fire which destroyed a large commercial building which included the night club and a public library. (South Waikato District Council v Pats Jean Bar Limited, CP No. 131/93, High Court, Rotorua).
  • Representing a property development company in High Court claims against a defaulting purchaser for breach of contract and against a firm of real estate agents for negligence for the sum of $1,100,000.00 and applying successfully for the removal of the purchaser’s caveat (White Swan Properties Limited v Tamahere Lifestyle Limited, High Court, Hamilton, CIV-2008-419-000304).
  • Representing a debenture holder in successfully opposing a High Court application under the Receiverships Act for an order declaring the appointment of a receiver void (Re: GTM Center BOP Limited; Ormiston v Wilson: High Court, Hamilton).
  • Representing Waitomo Petroleum Limited in successfully pursuing a defended liquidation proceeding in the High Court against Jackson Group Limited involving claims and counterclaims totalling $520,000.00 approximately (Waitomo Petroleum Limited v Jackson Group Limited; High Court, Auckland; CIV-2002-404-2712; 16/9/03; Master Sargisson)
  • Representing the insurer of the registered proprietors of a residential property destroyed by fire in a successful claim against the builder and gas fitter in contract and negligence for causing the fire. (Fowke & Dow v Errol Jones Builders, Waters, AMP and Ronalds, NP 1007/96, 28/9/99, Hamilton District Court).
  • Representing the insurer of an electrical company in successfully defending a claim by the registered proprietors of a residential property destroyed by fire (Ferguson v The New Zealand Fire Service Commission and Aktive Power Limited, NP No. 430/96, Papakura District Court).
  • Representing the insurer of a firm of registered valuers in successfully defending a claim for professional negligence in valuing a motel complex. (Murray v Reid Reynolds & Utteridge NP No. 220/99, District Court, Rotorua).
  • Representing the insurer of a plumbing business in successfully defending a claim by the owner of a hotel for losses allegedly caused by negligent plumbing work (Lochiel Corporation Limited v Hansen, NP No. 1091/96, Hamilton District Court).
  • Representing a plaintiff in a High Court claim against the plaintiff's former solicitor for losses allegedly caused by the negligence of the defendant. (Yoon v Kay CP No. 633/98, High Court, Auckland).
  • Representing the insurer of an engine reconditioning company in defending a claim for losses allegedly caused by negligence on the part of the defendant in reconditioning the engine of the largest Caterpillar Bulldozer in New Zealand. (Baker Construction Limited v Waikato Engine Reconditioners (1989) Limited, NP No. 45/94, Hamilton District Court.
  • Representing the insurer of the owner of a commercial coolstore in defending a High Court claim for losses totalling approximately $250,000.00 allegedly resulting from the negligence of the defendant. (Nicholson & Others v Icepak Coolstores Limited & Others, CP No. 40/98, High Court, Hamilton).
  • Representing an insurer in defending a claim for indemnity by a night club owner for damages. This decision is a leading authority in New Zealand on insurance policy provisions relating to change of risk. (Infrapulse Distributors New Zealand Limited v AON Risk Services New Zealand Limited and State Insurance Limited (NP No. 5479/98, Auckland District Court).
  • Representing an insurer on a High Court appeal concerning the interpretation of insurance policy provisions relating to reasonable care and racing. (State Insurance General Manager v Carran (1992) 7 ANZ Insurance Cases 61 – 128).
  • Representing the insurer of the owner of a retail outlet in defending a claim by the owner of the commercial building in which the retail outlet was situated for losses resulting from a fire allegedly caused by the negligence of the defendant. (Waitomo Properties Limited v Anderson, NP No. 1294/95, Hamilton District Court).
  • Representing a commercial entity pursuing a claim for compensation in the sum of approximately $2,000,000.00 against the Crown pursuant to the Biosecurity Act.
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